Several members of Madonna's Neuropsychology Department have national board certifications, the highest level of professional qualification in psychology, including ABPP and ABPN certifications in clinical neuropsychology and clinical psychology. See our clinicians' individual biographies for more information about their qualifications, services and research interests.

Lincoln Campus

Neuropsychologist, Lincoln Campus

Phone: 402.483.9418
Email: rernst@madonna.org

Professional Interests
Dr. Ryan Ernst is board certified by the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. His primary responsibilities include the inpatient traumatic brain injury (TBI) unit as well as the intensive outpatient program for TBI patients. His clinical and research interests include neuroplasticity and cortical reorganization following traumatic brain injury and stroke.

Education
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (1997)

Nova Southeastern University
Center for Psychological Studies
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Master of Science in Psychology (2000)

Nova Southeastern University
Center for Psychological Studies
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Doctor of Clinical Psychology (2002)

Nebraska Mental Health Centers, P.C.
Lincoln, NE
Pre-Doctoral Internship (2002)

Nebraska Comprehensive Health Care
Lincoln, NE
Post-Doctoral REsidency in Clinical Neuropsychology (2010)

Teaching Experience

Training instructor for interns and residents at the Nebraska Mental Health Centers Psychology Internship Program. (2002-2011)

Clinical supervisor for doctoral-level externs and externs in the areas of neuropsychology and neurorehabilitation. (2011-Current)

Clinical supervision of psychological services provided by licensed mental health practitioners. (2013-Current)

Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association- Division 40, Neuropsychology
Nebraska Psychological Association
National Academy of Neuropsychology

Presentations

03/2016  Extending the Applications of IREX:  Use of virtual reality in neurorehabilitation.
Sponsor:  GestureTek Health, Toronto Canada

09/2015  Neuroplasticity: Transforming the landscape of the brain and neurorehabilitation practices. 
Sponsor:  Case Management Society of America, Iowa Chapter, Des Moines, IA

09/2015  Behaviors are Everyone’s Business: Team Management of Challenging Behaviors in TBI Recovery. 
Sponsor:  Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Omaha, NE

04/2014  Advances in Neurorehabilitation and Clinical Innovation. 
Sponsor:  Kansas University Medical Center, Presented at Hays Medical Center in Hays, KS

10/2013  Pediatric Brain Injury Recovery and Cortical Reorganization
Sponsor:  Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Lincoln, NE

9/2013   Brain Injury, Neuroplasticity and Language
Sponsor:  Nebraska Speech, Language and Hearing Convention, Kearney, NE

4/2013   Brain Fitness:  Optimal Brain Function in Later Life and the Science Behind It
Sponsor:  Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Lincoln, NE

11/2012  Neuroplasticity and Neurorehabilitation Post Brain Injury
Sponsor:  Genesis Health Systems, Davenport, IA

12/2012  Brain Fitness:  Protect the Health of Your Brain
Sponsor:  Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Lincoln, NE

6/2012  Neuroplasticity in Medical Rehabilitation:  A Working Conceptualization for Clinicians
Sponsor:  Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Lincoln, NE

Outpatient Counselor, Lincoln Campus
kgrabouski@madonna.org

Neuropsychology Director, Lincoln Campus
tgroft@madonna.org

Education
BA (1985), University of South Dakota
MA and PhD (1992), University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Professional Interests
Neuropsychology, rehabilitation psychology, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, dementia

Populations Served
Adults with neurological impairments or other disabling conditions, such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, or dementia for both inpatients and outpatients.

Former program leader for Madonna’s multidisciplinary CARF-Accredited Spinal Cord Injury Program (2000-2007)

Therapy Specialty Areas
Cognitive assessment, rehabilitation psychology, behavioral management, adjustment counseling. Assessment and differential diagnosis of dementia.

Advanced credentials in specific areas of therapy
Certified Instructor for Crisis Prevention Institute since 2008.

Professional Organizations and Boards
American Psychological Association

Selected Presentations
"Distinguishing Dementia Syndromes"
Saint Francis Medical Center, Grand Island NE, 6/30/09

"Coping with Dementia"
NE Alzheimer’s Association, May 2009

"Medical Aspects of Dementia"
NE Alzheimer’s Association Annual Conference, 2/21/09

"Attitudes and Interactions in Rehabilitation"
2008-2009 Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital (Multiple Audiences)

"Psychosocial Aspects of Stroke"
2007 Nebraska Stroke Symposium, 10/13/06

"Behavioral Problems in Alzheimer’s Disease"
NE Alzheimer’s Association Support Group, 8/9/06

"Preparing Spinal Cord Injured Patients for Rehab"
Truman Medical Center, Kansas City MO, 2/16/05
Creighton Medical Center, Omaha NE, 1/3/05
Nebraska Social Workers Association, 10/22/04
BryanLGH West Trauma Rounds, Lincoln NE, 8/23/02
St Joseph’s Hospital, Omaha NE, 10/24/01

“Negotiating Professional Boundaries in Medical/Rehab Settings”
Madonna Respiratory Therapy Dept, 1/26/05
Madonna Ventilator Assisted Unit, 1/3/05
Chip Woods Assisted Living Home, 10/24/00
NE Day Services Association, 4/12/01

"Overview of Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation"
Nebraska Health Services, Omaha NE, 3/23/03
Lincoln Neuropsychology Group Grand Rounds, 10/15/02
Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney NE, 4/2002
Nebraska Medical Records Technicians Assoc, Lincoln NE, 3/15/02
Midlands Rehab Discharge Planners Meeting, 1/14/02
Lancaster Society of Clinical Lab Scientists, Lincoln NE, 3/8/01

"Spinal Cord Injury Cure Research"
Lincoln Neuropsychology Group Grand Rounds, 12/10/03

"Traumatic Brain Injury and Behavior"
ESU#9, Hastings NE, 3/16/99

"Relaxation Strategies for Staff"
Nursing Staff, Crete Municipal Hospital, 5/12/99

"Preventing Spinal Cord Injuries"
Lux Middle School, Lincoln NE, 3/6/98

"Finding Meaning in Adversity"
Lincoln SCI Support Group, 6/9/99

"Dealing with Noncompliance in Medical Settings"
Fillmore County Hospital, Geneva NE, 10/20/98

"Aging and Traumatic Brain Injury"
Brain Injury Association of Nebraska. 10/10/98

"Managing Disorganized Behavior"
Fillmore County Hospital, Geneva, NE, 9/96

"Managing Interpersonal Conflict"
NE Multiple Sclerosis Society, 6/96

"Psychosocial Aspects of Stroke"
Metro Community College, 2/95

"Managing Noncompliance"
Nebraska Hospital Association, 10/94

Selected Research Activities
"Two Efficient Cognitive Tests to Assess Fall Risk Following
Rehabilitation for Stroke" (2006; unpublished research study)
Travis Groft, PhD; Bill Shuart, PhD; Linda Storz, OTR/L; Susan Houchens, COTA/R;
Megan Waldren, OTR/L; Judy Harvey, MS, CCC-SLP

A Comparison of Three Types of Auditory Cueing on the Responses of Normal Persons and Persons with Dementia. (1998; unpublished research study)
Travis Groft, PhD; Jan Fitzsimmons, RN

Groft, T. (1992) "Stressful Events, Social Support, and Burnout Among Mental Retardation Professionals"
Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Groft, T & Sarata, B. (1989) "Commitment and Burnout in Human Services Employees"
Unpublished Master’s Thesis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Rehabilitation Counselor
kransom@madonna.org

Education
BS University of Nebraska at Kearney, 1996
MS Counseling, University of Nebraska at Kearney, 1999

Professional interests
Spinal Cord Injury, Neurologic Impairments, Amputee

Populations served
Adult and pediatric inpatient/outpatient spinal cord injury survivors, general rehabilitation patients (ie., stroke, orthopedic injuries, amputations).

Therapy specialty areas
Counseling for emotional adjustment to spinal cord injuries. Wheelchair sports and outdoor activities for disabilities

Advanced credentials
Certified Professional Counselor
Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

Professional organizations and boards
American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals
Nebraska Counseling Association

Selected presentations
"Travel Considerations with Disabilities" (Madonna Rehab Hospital, 2008)
"When a Person with SCI has a Brain Injury" (Madonna Rehab Hospital, 5/10/06)
"Issues of Adjustment for the Patient & Family affected by SCI" (Madonna Rehab Hospital, 2009)
"Methods to Assist with Limb Loss Adjustment" (Madonna Rehab Hospital, 4/3/09)

Licensed Psychologist, Lincoln Campus
pray@madonna.org

Education
BS, Social Work, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT.

MS.Ed. Early Childhood Education, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT.

MS, Psychology, Alliant University/California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles CA.

Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Alliant University/California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles CA.

Paper
Early Intervention with children zero to 3 diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Post-doctoral
PEDS Advanced Assessment Training Program, Reiss-Davis Child Study Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Certifications
Infant Mental Health Specialist, Early Childhood Foundation/Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Professional interests
Work with children, youth, and adults with acquired brain injuries and developmental neurological conditions. The role of auditory processing in developmental learning and response to stress. Substance abuse in adult populations

Populations served
Children, adolescents, adults

Therapy specialty areas
Child, adolescent, and adult cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic therapy
Dyadic psychotherapy with caregivers/infants-toddlers to enhance social and emotional development

Advanced credentials in specific areas of therapy
Infant Mental Health Specialist, Early Childhood Foundation/Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Brain Injury Specialist

Enlisten/Therapeutic Listening Consultant

Professional organizations and boards
American Psychological Association
Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders
Brain Injury Association of America

Selected presentations
3rd Annual Nebraska Brain Injury Conference, Pediatric Neuropsycholgy (2009)

Presenter: Integration of Infant Mental Health and Occupational Therapy in an Early Intervention Setting. AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) Annual Conference, Anaheim CA (2003)

Selected articles/book chapters
Early Intervention with children zero to 3 diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (Unpublished doctoral project)

Communication Supports in Pediatric Rehabilitation (Ray, P., Beukelman, D.R.) Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation (pending)

Inpatient Professional Counselor, Lincoln Campus
mreece@madonna.org

Education:
BA University of Nebraska, 1991
MA Counseling, Doane University 2012

Professional Interests:
 Rehabilitation Counseling, Neurological Impairments, Positive Psychology, Grief

Populations served:
Adult and geriatric inpatients with  neurological disorders or other disabling conditions such as traumatic brain injury, amputation, or burns.

Therapy Specialty Areas:
Adjustment Counseling, End-of-Life Issues,

Advanced Creditials in Specific Areas of Therapy:
Suicide Risk Assessment by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Certified Brain Injury Specialist by the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS)
Authentic Happiness Coaching Program Graduate

Professional Organizations and Boards:
American Counseling Association
Nebraska Counseling Association
Madonna Mettle of Honor Committee Member
Stroke Camp Volunteer

Selected Presentations:
Anxiety and the Medically Complex Patient (Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital Learning Series, 2016)
Coping with Loss (Community Stroke Support Group “PRIDE”, 2016)
Motivational Interviewing: An Overview for Health Care Professionals (Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, 2015)
Working with Exceptional Families (Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, 2015)
 

Outpatient Licensed Psychologist Post-Doctorate Resident
jremington@madonna.org
 

Neuropsychologist
rriss@madonna.org

Roger Riss focuses on neuropsychological and forensic assessment of disability, health psychology, disability adjustment counseling, and biofeedback. He is board certified by the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology, and American Academy of Pain Management. He is a Senior Fellow with the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America, and past board member with AAPB Neurofeedback Division.

Research interests have included qEEG correlates of attention, memory and reading disorders, brain training in cognitive rehabilitation of memory, and interdisciplinary outcomes in mild traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. Dr. Riss has served as a visiting lecturer at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and clinical supervisor with graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from various universities.

Education
Clinical Psychology Internship, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Va., 1982-1983
Doctor of Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Fla., 1983
Master of Science in Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Fla., 1981
Bachelor of Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.

Boards and Certification
American Board of Professional Neuropsychology, Diplomate
American College of Professional Neuropsychology, Fellow
American Academy of Pain Management, Diplomate
Biofeedback Certification Institute of America, Senior Fellow

Professional Affiliations
American Psychological Association
Nebraska Psychological Association
International Neuropsychological Society
National Academy of Neuropsychology
American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology
International Society for Neuronal Regulation
Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

Omaha Campus

Neuropsychology Director, Omaha Campus

csanders@madonna.org

Education

Ph.D. Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2003

Clinical Psychology – Neuropsychology Concentration

Dissertation:  EEG and EKG Measures in Children with Attention Problems During T.O.V.A. Administration.

M.A. Towson University, Baltimore, 1997

              Community Counseling Psychology

B.A. University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, 1988

Major:  Psychology

Professional Interests

Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, other neurological conditions resulting in cognitive impairment, Neuroscience, PTSD.  As a contractor with the Department of Defense stationed in Germany, Dr. Sanders has provided psychological support and debriefing for active military returning from the front lines in Afghanistan.  As a researcher at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Dr. Sanders published numerous studies involving EEG measures in various populations and conditions and studies involving newborns and adolescents. 

Populations Served

Adults with TBI, stroke or other conditions resulting in cognitive impairment.  Individuals with PTSD, depression or anxiety.

Professional Affiliations

Member of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists

Publications

Sanders, C., Fernandez, M., Diego, M., Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., & Roca, A. (2002). EEG asymmetry responses to lavender and rosemary aromas in adults and infants. International Journal of Neuroscience, 112, 1305-1320.

Sanders, C., Field, T., & Diego, M. (2001).  Adolescents’ academic expectations and achievement.  Adolescence, 36(144), 795-802.

Sanders, C., Field, T., Diego, M., & Kaplan, M.  (2000).  The relationship of internet use to depression and social isolation among adolescents.  Adolescence, 35(138), 237-242.

Sanders, C., Field, T., Diego, M., & Kaplan, M.  (2000).  Moderate sports involvement lowers depression in adolescents.  Adolescence, 35, 794-797.

Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Diego, M., Feijo, L., Vera, Y., Gil, K., & Sanders, C. (2007). Still-face and separation effects on depressed mother-infant interactions. Infant Mental Health Journal, 28, 314-323.

Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Diego, M., Feijo, L., Vera, Y., Gil, K., & Sanders, C. (2007). Responses to animate and inanimate faces by infants of depressed mothers. Early Child Development and Care, 177, 533-539.

Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Vera, Y., Gil, K., Diego, M., & Sanders, C. (2005). Infants of depressed mothers facing a mirror versus their mother. Infant Behavior and Development, 28, 48-53.

Field, T., Nadel, J., Hernandez-Reif, M., Diego, M., Vera, Y., Gil, K. & Sanders, C. (2005). Depressed mothers’ infants show less negative affect during non-contingent interactions. Infant Behavior and Development, 28, 426-30.

Sutton, S., Burnette, C., Mundy, P., Meyer, J., Vaughan, A., Sanders, C., & Yale, M. (2005). Resting cortical brain activity and social behavior in higher functioning children with autism. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 46, 211-222.

Diego, M.A., Field, T., Sanders, C. & Hernandez-Reif, M. (2004).  Massage
therapy of moderate and light pressure and vibrator effects on EEG and
Heart Rate. International Journal of Neuroscience, 114, 31-44.

Fernandez, M., Hernandez-Reif, M., Field, T., Diego, M., Sanders, C., & Roca, A.  (2004).  EEG during lavender and rosemary exposure in infants of depressed and non-depressed mothers.  Infant Behavior & Development, 27, 91-100.

Fernandez, M., Blass, E., Hernandez-Reif, M., Field, T., Diego, M., & Sanders, C.  (2003).  Sucrose attenuates a negative electroencephalographic response to an aversive stimulus for newborns. Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics,24(4), 1-6.

Diego, M.A., Field, T. & Sanders, C.E. (2003).  Academic Performance,
Popularity and Depression Predict Adolescent Substance Use.  Adolescence, 38, 35-42.

Hernandez-Reif, M., Field, T., Largie, S., Cullen, C., Beutler, J., Sanders, C., Weiner, W., Rodriguez-Bateman, D., Zelaya, L., Schanberg, S., & Kuhn, C. (2002).  Parkinson’s disease symptoms are differentially affected by massage therapy vs. progressive muscle relaxation: a pilot study.  Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 6(3), 177-182.

Field, T., Diego, M., & Sanders, C. (2002).  Adolescents’ parent and peer relationships.  Adolescence, 37(145), 121-130.

Silver, M., Field, T., Sanders, C., & Diego, M. (2001).  Angry adolescents worrying about becoming violent. Adolescence, 35, 663-669.

Field, T., Diego, M., & Sanders, C. (2001).  Exercise positively affects adolescents’ relationships and academics. Adolescence, 36(141), 105-110.

Field, T., Field, T., Sanders, C., & Nadel, J. (2001).  Children with autism display more social behaviors after repeated imitation sessions.  Autism, 5(3), 317-323.

Field, T., Diego, M., & Sanders, C. (2001).  Adolescent suicidal ideation. Adolescence, 36(142), 241-248.

Largie, S., Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Sanders, C., & Diego, M. (2001).  Employment during adolescence is associated with depression, inferior relationships, lower grades and smoking.  Adolescence, 36(142), 397-401.

Field, T., Diego, M., & Sanders, C. (2001).  Adolescent depression and risk factors. Adolescence, 36(143), 491-498.

Poster Presentations

Sanders, C., Jalazzo, M., King, J., Lampton, H., & Golden, C. (2001).  Effectiveness of memory measures in differentiating ADHD, reading disorder, and psychiatric problems.  Poster presentation at the National Academy of Neuropsychology, San Francisco, CA.  Abstract in (2001) Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 16(8), 784-785.

Escalona, A., Sanders, C., Mleko, A., Schweitzer, M., & Golden, C.  (2001).  An exploration of the factor structure of the Auditory and Visual TOVA.  Poster presentation at the National Academy of Neuropsychology, San Francisco, CA.  Abstract in (2001) Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 16(8), p. 777.

Espe-Pfeiffer, P., Mahrou, M., Pospisil, T., Selden, J., Sanders, C., Aucone, E., & Golden, C.J. (2000).  Discrimination of types of dementia by an abbreviated neuropsychological battery.  Poster presentation at the National Academy of Neuropsychology, Orlando, FL.

Jalazzo, M., Sanders, C., Espe-Pfeiffer, P., Bradley, J., Mahrou, M., Backhaus, S., Dornheim, L., Proctor-Weber, Z., Calbria, M., Selden, J., Pospisil, T., King, J., & Golden, C. (1999).  Evaluating problem-solving efficiency in school-age children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.  Poster presentation at the National Academy of Neuropsychology, San Antonio, TX.

Espe-Pfeiffer, P., Backhaus, S., Mahrou, M., Dornheim, L., Proctor-Weber, Z., Calbria, M., King, J., Jalazzo, M., Calabria, M., Selden, J., Sanders, C., & Golden, C. (1999).  Frontal lobe functioning in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  Poster presentation at the National Academy of Neuropsychology, San Antonio, TX.

Chronopoulos, A., Carone, D., Natale, M., Combs, M., Sanders, C., McCue, R., & Burns, W. (1999).  Malingering detection in brain injury: clinical and simulated sample groups.  Poster presentation at the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Jalazzo, M., Sanders, C., Espe-Pfeiffer, P., Bradley, J., Mahrou, M., Backhaus, S., Dornheim, L., Proctor-Weber, Z., Calbria, M., Selden, J., Pospisil, T., King, J., & Golden, C. (1999).  Performance on the wisconsin card sort test in school-age children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.  Poster presentation at the Second Annual Assessment Psychology Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Conference Presentations

Hernandez-Reif, M., Fernandez-Ahjar, M., Field, T., Blass, E., Sanders, C., Diego, M. (2002).  EEG responses to smells and tastes by infants of depressed mothers.  Presented at the 13th Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, Toronto, Canada.

Inpatient Professional Counselor, Omaha Campus

adowns@madonna.org

Education:

BA University of Nebraska- Lincoln, 2002

MA Counseling, Doane University- Lincoln NE, 2018

Professional Interests

Trauma informed mental health care, Rehabilitation counseling, Education and support following a stroke, caregiver support and care, End of Life and Hospice support, motivational interviewing, strengths based approach, intimate partner violence advocacy, and yoga as a healing modality.

Therapy Specialty Areas

Stroke education and support, trauma informed counseling, and adjustment counseling.

Professional Organizations

American Counseling Association

jfarris@madonna.org

Inpatient Professional Counselor, Omaha Campus

lgraham@madonna.org

Education

B.S.  University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1980

M.A. Grace University-Omaha NE, 2015

Professional Interests

Rehabilitation Counseling, Cardiac CARES Counseling on Stress Management, Traumatic Brain Injury patient/family counseling, supervise Heads Together brain injury education group, Grief and End-of-Life issues and Motivational Interviewing.

Therapy Specialty Areas

Adjustment Counseling, Traumatic brain injury, Trauma Counseling, and End-of-Life Issues.

Advanced Credentials in Specific Areas of Therapy

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional-International Association of Trauma Professionals-  2018

Certificate of Completion Bryan Medical Center-“Trauma & Recovery & Psycho-Pharmacotherapy”-2017

Certificate of Completion “End Stage Diseases: Care When There Is No Cure” – 2016

Professional Organizations & Boards

International Association of Trauma Professionals

American Counseling Association

American Rehabilitation Counseling Association

Omaha GOAL Awards Committee Member

Selected Presentations

“The partner’s experience of traumatic brain injury and it’s recovery”  TBI Journal Club- Omaha & Lincoln

“End stage diseases-care when there is no cure” presentation to Neuropsychology department-Omaha

sjackson@madonna.org

Ibukunola Charles Jegede, Ph.D.

ijegede@madonna.org

Professional Interests
Dr. Ibukunola Charles Jegede focus is in outpatient clinical and developmental neuropsychology across life span. His clinical and research interests include psychopathology of patients with TBI, child abuse and neglect, academic achievement in children with neuro-developmental disabilities and related disorders, and autism.

Education

University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria

B.Sc, Bachelor of Science Zoology 1983-1986

 

University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

M.Sc, Master of Science Fisheries Management 1988-1990  

 

Associate Degree Computer Networking Technology

Metropolitan Community College, Omaha NE 2002-2004

 

Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE   2005-2006                                                             

MS, Mental Health Counseling

 

Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California                              

MA, Clinical Psychology. August, 2010 

 

Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California (August, 2015).

PhD, Clinical Psychology (Concentration in Clinical Neuropsychology)

 

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston/Medical School Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,

Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Autism Clinic/Developmental Neuropsychology Clinic

Residency in Clinical Psychology 2013-2014

 

The University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Children Learning Center, Department of Pediatrics

Division of Child Neurology

LEND Fellowship: Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities 2014 – 2015

 

Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota 

Department of Pediatrics

University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Services (UCEDD) and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) Center for Disabilities UCEDD/LEND Post-Doctoral Fellowship:  2015 – 2016

 

Honors:

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota 2015-2017

Fielding Graduate University Scholarship - Presented by the School of Clinical Psychology: 

December 2009. Awarded $2,000 

December 2010. Awarded $2,500  

December 2011. Awarded $3,000

December 2014. Awarded $8,500                                                              

Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association

 

Theoretical Orientation

Cognitive Behavioral Theory

Advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

 

Research

Research Assistant

The University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Under the supervision of Deborah Pearson PhD (NIH/NINDS), “Early Biomarkers of ASD in Infants with Tuberous Sclerosis.” R01 NS082320.  Hope Northrup, M.D., Site PI. (Overall PI:  Mustafa Sahin, M.D., Ph.D., Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School.)  This project is part of the Autism Centers of Excellence network.

 

Research Assistant

The University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Under the supervision of Deborah Pearson PhD (Houston site), and member of scientific design team, Curemark LLC, 2012-2014 “An Open-Label Extension Study of Luminenz-AT (CMAT) in children with autism:  Amendment 3”. (3-8 year old participants) to older children (9-12 years old)

National Conference:

15th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care October 2-3, 2014

The University of Texas Medical School at Houston

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, Texas

Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) 2014 Conference

Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel

 999 Ninth Street NW Washington, DC, 20001

 

Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) 2015 Conference

 Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel

999 Ninth Street NW Washington, DC, 20001

 

Presentations

1). Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Community Outreach: Nigerian Community Houston, Texas: 2015 Presentation as LoneStar LEND Project.  

2). Biomarkers of Autism Spectrum Disorder:  A Literature Review. 2015 Presentation as LoneStar LEND Research Project   3). Adolescents and Young Adults with ASD and ND: Challenges and Opportunities

4). Wellness: Stress Reduction for Parents with Children with ND and Providers: Presented at the Center for Disabilities 2016 Symposium.  

5). Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety Disorders in Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: Presented at University of Iowa Center for Disabilities. August, 2016.

6). Emotional Regulation and Anxiety Management in Autism: Presented at Lunch to Learn at the Center for Disabilities, 2016. 

7). South Dakota Monthly ASD Workgroup presentations.

8). South Dakota Monthly TBI Workgroup presentations

Conference Presentations

Wellness: Stress Reduction for Parents and Providers: Presented at Sanford School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics Center for Disability Symposium 2018

Adolescents and Young Adults with ASD and ND: Challenges and Opportunities: Presented at South Dakota Special Education Conference, Best Western Ramkota -Pierre, SD 2016.

Licensed Psychologist, Omaha Campus
pray@madonna.org

Education
BS, Social Work, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT.

MS.Ed. Early Childhood Education, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT.

MS, Psychology, Alliant University/California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles CA.

Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Alliant University/California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles CA.

Paper
Early Intervention with children zero to 3 diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Post-doctoral
PEDS Advanced Assessment Training Program, Reiss-Davis Child Study Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Certifications
Infant Mental Health Specialist, Early Childhood Foundation/Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Professional interests
Work with children, youth, and adults with acquired brain injuries and developmental neurological conditions. The role of auditory processing in developmental learning and response to stress. Substance abuse in adult populations

Populations served
Children, adolescents, adults

Therapy specialty areas
Child, adolescent, and adult cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic therapy
Dyadic psychotherapy with caregivers/infants-toddlers to enhance social and emotional development

Advanced credentials in specific areas of therapy
Infant Mental Health Specialist, Early Childhood Foundation/Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Brain Injury Specialist

Enlisten/Therapeutic Listening Consultant

Professional organizations and boards
American Psychological Association
Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders
Brain Injury Association of America

Educator Experience

Associate Professor – Antioch Univ. LA, Psychology Dept. 2000 – 2005. Taught: Brain & Behavior in Children. Psychological Testing.

Child-Parent Psychotherapy Trainer. Member NE statewide CPP Training Collaborative, UNL Court Improvement Project, Thru the Eyes of the Child. Listed on national trainers roster at childtrauma.ucsf.edu

Selected presentations
3rd Annual Nebraska Brain Injury Conference, Pediatric Neuropsycholgy (2009)

Presenter: Integration of Infant Mental Health and Occupational Therapy in an Early Intervention Setting. AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) Annual Conference, Anaheim CA (2003)

Selected articles/book chapters
Early Intervention with children zero to 3 diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (Unpublished doctoral project)

Communication Supports in Pediatric Rehabilitation (Ray, P., Beukelman, D.R.) Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation (pending)

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