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Mary Free Bed Neuropsychology Experts

Shana J. Asbell, PhD, CCC-SLP

In addition to working as a clinical speech-language pathologist for more than ten years, Dr. Asbell earned a doctor of philosophy degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in pediatric neuropsychology. Dr. Asbell’s clinical experiences include working in a variety of organizations, including not-for-profit clinics, private practice, schools, and hospitals. She has vast experience with children who present with a variety of neurodevelopmental, neurobehavioral, and neurocognitive disorders, with specific expertise in children with autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Asbell has provided assessment and therapeutic treatment for children ranging in age from preschool to young adulthood, as well as consultation to their families and other professionals regarding the speech/language and cognitive rehabilitation needs of neurologically-impaired children. She is the co-author of two books: The Source for PDD: Assessment and Intervention and The Source for TBI in Children and Adolescents.

Beth Blackbird, PsyD, ABPN, ABPP(Rp)

Dr. Blackbird joined the Neuropsychology Department at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital as a staff psychologist in 2001. She is board certified in neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology. With magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors, Dr. Blackbird received her education at Cornell College, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, and the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She interned at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, and completed a fellowship at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Additionally, Dr. Blackbird is a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, the American Psychological Association, and Divisions 22 and 40 of APA. Drawn to Mary Free Bed because of the hospital’s reputation and range of patient populations, she has a special interest in patients and families dealing with spinal cord injury, stroke, and acquired brain injury.

Jacobus A. Donders, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Donders obtained his doctorate from the University of Windsor in 1988. He is currently the chief psychologist at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Donders is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in both clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology. He is the associate editor of the journal Child Neuropsychology, and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals.

Dr. Donders has more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals. His main research interests include construct and criterion validity of neuropsychological test instruments, and prediction of outcome after traumatic brain injury. Dr. Donders is a fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and of Divisions 40 (clinical neuropsychology) and 22 (rehabilitation psychology) of the American Psychological Association.

Catharine Kaneti, PsyD

Catharine Kaneti has worked in the rehabilitation field since 1997. She holds degrees from the University of Illinois and Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She completed her internship at Oak Forest Hospital in Oak Forest Illinois, and her post-doctoral residency at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, Illinois. She has worked with people who have experienced head injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes, as well as a variety of other neurological conditions. She has worked at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital since 2005.

Carrie-Ann Hood Strong, PsyD, ABPP

Dr. Strong obtained her doctorate from Florida Institute of Technology in 2003. She completed her two-year post-doctoral residency at Mary Free Bed in 2005 and stayed on as staff. Dr. Strong is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in clinical neuropsychology. Her primary clinical interests include neuropsychological assessment of patients from adolescence through older adulthood, as well as cognitive behavioral treatment of patients with traumatic brain injury. She has published articles primarily in the area of test instrument validation in the assessment of traumatic brain injury.

Shelley Leininger, PhD

Dr. Leininger joined the Mary Free Bed Neuropsychology Department as an adult post-doctoral resident. She is a graduate of the University of Toledo, and earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Central Michigan University. Dr. Leininger completed her internship in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Florida Health Science Center. She has clinical experience with both adults and children presenting with a broad range of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, including traumatic brain injury, dementia, stroke, epilepsy, autism, ADHD, and learning disabilities.

In addition, she has provided therapy services to individuals with general psychiatric issues and medical problems, as well as individuals and families adjusting to traumatic brain injury. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the National Academy of Neuropsychology, and the International Neuropsychological Society.

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