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Neuropsychology Track Training Faculty

Donald J. Bearden, PhD, Pediatric Neuropsychologist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is a supervisor for the child neuropsychology rotation.  He received his doctorate from Georgia State University.  Dr. Bearden’s interests include pediatric epilepsy, complex neurological disorders, sickle cell disease, and associations among pain and emotional and neurocognitive problems in children and adolescents.

Cady Block, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, supervises interns on the geriatric neuropsychology rotation.  Dr. Block received her PhD in 2014 from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Along with her interests in neuropsychology training and education, including contributing to the current neuropsychology training taxonomy, Dr. Block's clinical and research interests include pre/post-surgical evaluations, language mapping, epilepsy, and neuro-oncology.

Alyssa Braaten, PhD, ABPP/CN, Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, is a primary supervisor for the neuropsychology track interns for their long-term psychotherapy cases.  She also serves as a staff neuropsychologist at the Atlanta Veterans Healthcare System. Dr. Braaten received her Ph.D. in 2007 from Nova Southeastern University and completed her internship and fellowship at Emory School of Medicine. Her primary research interests are in neuropsychological functioning post-stroke and memory disorders.

Felicia Goldstein, PhD, ABPP/CN, Professor, Department of Neurology, is a primary supervisor for the geriatric neuropsychology rotation.  Dr. Goldstein specializes in the neuropsychological evaluation of patients with Alzheimer's disease and vascular cognitive impairment. Clinical research interests involve the contribution of vascular comorbidities to disease features and progression in both normal and pathological aging, including patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. 

Michelle Haddad, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, supervises the adult inpatient neuropsychology minor rotation. She conducts neuropsychological assessments and brief psychotherapeutic intervention with inpatients undergoing comprehensive medical rehabilitation, as well as follow-up outpatient neuropsychological assessments. Dr. Haddad received her Ph.D. in 2017 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research interests include the development of novel neuropsychological measures for use with inpatient rehabilitation populations, as well as predicting ecological outcomes of inpatient rehabilitation.

David Loring, PhD, ABPP/CN, Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics and the Director of Neuropsychology in the Neurology Department, supervises interns on the geriatric neuropsychology major rotation.  His clinical research interests include treatment effects in cognitive and behavioral aspects of epilepsy, with general clinical interests in neuropsychological performance across the lifespan.

David J. Marcus, PhD, ABPP/CN, Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Senior Pediatric Neuropsychologist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is a supervisor for the child neuropsychology rotation. He received his doctorate in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2005. Dr. Marcus’s areas of interest include pediatric epilepsy, spina bifida, and genetic and metabolic disorders.

Susan McManus Lee, PhD, ABPP/CN, Pediatric Neuropsychologist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is a supervisor for the child neuropsychology rotation. She received her doctorate from Georgia State University in 2012 in the joint Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology & Behavioral Neurosciences programs.  Dr. Lee’s clinical and research interests pertain to functional outcomes following acquired brain injuries, as well as acute assessment and intervention to improve neurobehavioral outcomes and academic success.

Suzanne Penna, PhD, ABPP/CN, Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, is a supervisor in the adult major rotation.  She also serves as the Associate Director of Internship for the Neuropsychology Track, as well as the training director for the Neuropsychology Practicum and Fellowship.  Dr. Penna received her Ph.D. in 2005 from Georgia State University. Her interests are in recovery from traumatic brain injury and neuropsychological functioning in medical conditions, notably neuroendocrine disorders and HIV.

Kindell Schoffner, PsyD, Pediatric Psychologist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is a supervisor in the pediatric rehabilitation psychology rotation. She received her doctorate from Argosy University in 2003. Dr. Schoffner works with the psychosocial needs of patients on the Children’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and in the Day Rehabilitation Program.

Anthony Y. Stringer, PhD, ABPP/CN, CPCRT, Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, is a supervisor in the adult major rotation. Dr. Stringer is also the Director of the Division of Neuropsychology and Behavioral Health within the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Stringer received his Ph.D. in 1984 from Wayne State University. Dr. Stringer is also certified in the practice of cognitive rehabilitation by the Society for Cognitive Rehabilitation. His interests are in neuropsychological diagnosis, cognitive rehabilitation, brain injury, stroke, and epilepsy.