Department of Psychology
The Department of Psychology at Shepherd Center is a comprehensive department that is staffed by a variety of mental health professionals, including:
- Rehabilitation Psychologists
- Health and Pain Psychologists
- Licensed Professional Counselors
- Licensed Social Workers
- Neuropsychology Fellows
Our Program Involvement
These professionals are involved with many inpatient and outpatient programs at Shepherd Center. Staff members work with:
As a whole, the department staff offers psychological services during each phase of the neurorehabilitation process, from ICU, to inpatient acute care, and to outpatient care.
These interventions address emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and pain issues that can accompany the catastrophic injuries/illnesses treated at Shepherd Center.
Psychotherapy or counseling to facilitate adjustment to injury and/or illness. Addressing adjustment issues early and at every phase leads to improved outcomes providing key elements for successful reintegration into one's life.
- Individual Therapy
- Couple and Family Therapy
- Support Groups
Neuropsychological testing to help assess changes in thinking abilities, such as memory, attention, language, processing speed, and problem-solving skills, associated with various neurological and medical conditions. These evaluations may be requested to determine an individual's current level of functioning, track changes in cognitive abilities over time, assist with treatment planning and recommendations, clarify diagnosis and prognosis, determine ability to return to school or work, or determine capacity to function independently.
Support and Education for patients and families/caregivers including:
- Family Series
- Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Lecture Series
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Lecture Series
The psychology staff use integrative models that work with Shepherd Center's deeply committed interdisciplinary teams. The philosophy of the department and Shepherd Center is that the neurorehabilitation psychology experts are active members of the rehabilitation team. This allows for a more direct and immediate communication about patients rather than a consultation model used by other hospitals and rehabilitation centers.
The department is also strongly committed to training psychology students. We train advanced level pre-internship doctoral-level students in the foundations of rehabilitation psychology and neuropsychology as well as post-doctoral level fellows in neuropsychology. For further information, please contact Department Director Dr. Laurie Nash at 404-350-7470.