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Learn about the Postdoctoral Residency at Mary Free Bed.

Learn more about the psychologists at Mary Free Bed by clicking on the brief bios below.

Shana J. Asbell, PhD, CCC-SLP

In addition to working as a clinical speech-language pathologist for more than 10 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 provides 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.

Elizabeth 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 (ABN) and rehabilitation psychology (ABPP). With magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors, Dr. Blackbird received her education at Cornell College, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She interned at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago and completed a fellowship at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia.

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 special interest in patients and families dealing with spinal cord injury, stroke and acquired brain injury.

Jacobus Donders, PhD, ABPP

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Dr. Donders obtained his doctorate from the University of Windsor in 1988. He is the chief psychologist at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Donders is board-certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in clinical neuropsychology, rehabilitation psychology and pediatric clinical neuropsychology. He is the associate editor of the journals Child Neuropsychology and Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. He also serves on the editorial boards of several other journals, and on the board of directors of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. He 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 (society for clinical neuropsychology) and 22 (rehabilitation psychology) of the American Psychological Association.

Timothy Gruppen, PsyD

Dr. Gruppen joined Mary Free Bed in 2013. He completed his undergraduate degree at Calvin College and earned his MA and PsyD in clinical psychology from Wheaton College. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Meier Clinics in Wheaton, Ill.. He began working in the rehabilitation field during his post-doctoral training when he worked at the Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson, Miss. Dr. Gruppen enjoys working with people with a wide variety of rehabilitation concerns, including stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, concussion and oncology. He is a member of Division 22 of the American Psychological Association.

Catherine Kaneti, PsyD

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

Eddie O'Connor, PhD

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Edmund A. O’Connor, Jr., PhD, is director and chief psychologist of the Pain Center at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. He also is the sports psychologist for Mary Free Bed’s Performance Excellence Center and a certified consultant for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Dr. O’Connor received his PhD in clinical psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology and completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Pain & Rehabilitation Clinic of Chicago.

Katie Scott, PhD

Dr. Scott joined the Mary Free Bed Neuropsychology Department as an adult post-doctoral resident in September of 2013. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from Colorado State University. Dr. Scott completed her internship at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She has clinical experience with a broad range of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, including traumatic brain injury, dementia, stroke and multiple sclerosis. She has provided therapy services to individuals with general psychiatric issues and individuals and families adjusting to medical issues, including spinal cord injury and cancer.

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 and 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.