Mary Free Bed chief psychologist recognized for work by National Academy of Neuropsychology


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Dr. Jacobus Donders, chief psychologist at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, has been honored by the National Academy of Neuropsychology with the Ralph M. Reitan Award for Clinical Excellence. The award recognizes Donders’ significant contributions to the clinical practice of neuropsychology.

Dr. Jacobus Donders

Donders oversees Mary Free Bed’s team of psychologists, who work with patients and their families to help them adjust to hospitalization and cope with various challenges. Mary Free Bed provides rehabilitation for adults and children affected by serious injury or illness, including brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, amputations, cancer, multiple trauma and neurological conditions.

“I’ve had the privilege of helping to improve our care at Mary Free Bed with the assistance of a great group of colleagues in the Psychology department,” Donders said. “We’re all here to serve our patients the best we can, and being recognized for having contributed to that care is very rewarding.”

While Donders is known for his contributions to research, the Reitan Award recognizes his influence on clinical practice, including patient care and resident training. He will receive the award during the academy’s 40th annual conference Nov. 13-16 in San Diego, California.

Donders, who joined Mary Free Bed in 1988, is board certified in clinical neuropsychology, rehabilitation psychology and pediatric clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He’s the associate editor of the journals Child Neuropsychology and Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals. His work has been published more than 100 times in peer-reviewed journals.


Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, nationally accredited, rehabilitation hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since 1891, Mary Free Bed experts have restored hope and freedom through rehabilitation for children and adults who have experienced brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, multiple traumas, amputations, cancer and other diagnoses. The combination of more than 110 specialized medical and sports rehabilitation programs and an exclusive focus on rehabilitation enables our specialty physicians and staff to help patients achieve outstanding clinical results. For additional information, visit

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Robin Goudzwaard

Worked with this amazing man. Proud of all he’s given of himself to his patients and Mary Free bed.
An honor to say he was part of my lifelong career at Mary Free bed.
Congratulations Dr. Donders


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