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Below is information about the psychologists at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

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.

Amy Byerley, PhD

Dr. Amy Byerley joined Mary Free Bed’s Pain Center as a psychologist in 2012. She earned her master’s degree in counseling and PhD in psychology from Ball State University. Dr. Byerley completed a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology/health psychology at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Her clinical experiences include therapeutic treatment and assessment for children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools and non-profit clinics. Dr. Byerley specializes in treatment of individuals and their families coping with chronic pain, anxiety/mood disorders and adjustment to illness/health concerns.

Jacobus Donders, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Donders - Neuropsychologist & Rehabilitation Psychologist

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.

Karen Hanson, PhD

Dr. Karen Hanson is a psychologist working with Mary Free Bed’s Pain Center, as part of an interdisciplinary team which helps patients learn to cope with and manage symptoms of chronic pain. She brings more than 20 years of rehabilitation psychology experience to the Pain Center, where she has been since 2010. Dr. Hanson earned her PhD from Wayne State University and holds STAR certification in oncology rehabilitation. Areas of special interest include use of graded motor imagery in the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome.

Howard Hillman, MALLP

Howard Hillman is a psychologist working with Mary Free Bed’s Pain Center. He has more than 35 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings, from community counseling and private practice to behavioral medicine and with the State of Michigan Department of Corrections. Mr. Hillman’s diverse experience includes clinical work with patients of all ages, from young adults to the elderly.

He received his undergraduate training at Eastern Michigan University and completed his graduate work in Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University. For the past 15 years, Mr. Hillman has found particular interest in working with patients who have chronic pain, saying, “There is nothing more rewarding than being a part of a treatment team where patients are empowered and able to re-gain a sense of control over their lives, despite long-term pain.”

He enjoys working with the Pain Center’s adolescent patients in helping them to “develop their own voices” and become willing to respond to adversity in a manner that allows them to remain true to their passion and values. He said of his work; “I learn a great deal from our patients as they navigate through their path in life with pain.”

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.

Melissa Lidderdale, PhD

Dr. Melissa Lidderdale joined the Mary Free Bed Pain Center as a psychologist in 2014. She completed her undergraduate education at Grove City College, master’s degree education at The University of Akron and completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University.

Dr. Lidderdale has more than 15 years of clinical experience and is a member of the American Psychological Association. Previous to her position with the Mary Free Bed Pain Center, Dr. Lidderdale practiced independently, working collaboratively with other healthcare providers and systems. Her clinical experiences include assessment and therapeutic intervention for adolescents through adults in a variety of settings. She specializes in treatment of individuals with chronic pain, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma and health concerns.

Lisa Makuch, PhD

Dr. Lisa Makuch is a psychologist working with Mary Free Bed’s Pain Center, as part of an interdisciplinary team which helps patients learn to cope with and manage symptoms of chronic pain. She completed her Bachelor of Science in psychology at Michigan State University, and earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Her doctoral work in counseling psychology was completed at Indiana University and she has been practicing, supervising, and teaching psychology since 1997.

Dr. Makuch has been an adjunct faculty member at Western Michigan University since 2001. Her areas of interest include; pain management using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, chemical dependency treatment, mood disturbance, individual counseling and group work.

Eddie O'Connor, PhD

Dr. Eddie Sports Psychologist at Mary Free Bed

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.

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.