Our behavioral and rehabilitation psychologists and neuropsychologists—experts in brain functioning—are integral members of our interdisciplinary clinical teams, and are fundamental to the assessment and personalized plan development for each patient. They understand how the structure and function of the brain relates to specific psychological processes, like memory, critical thinking and judgment, and how those processes may affect behavior.
Psychologists guide the assessment of progress, making sure each team member keeps the whole person in mind – including his or her interests, profession or work history, and hobbies—and adjusts the treatment plan for individual needs so that the person can thrive in the real world.
Dr. Salisbury is a board-certified Clinical Neuropsychologist who serves as the Clinical Director for Pate Rehabilitation. He received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Wright State University in Dayton Ohio and a neuropsychology internship at the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. He subsequently completed a NIH funded fellowship at the University Of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine with a focus on neuropsychology, rehabilitation and neurology populations. This fellowship included a primary focus on inpatient and outpatient traumatic brain injury (TBI) research and treatment. He is a board certified through the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology and is active in numerous professional organizations. Dr. Salisbury specializes in the evaluation and treatment of adult patients with brain injury and neurological disorders. In addition to administrative and clinical duties, he remains active in teaching and student training. His research publications have primarily focused on traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.
“Pate Rehabilitation aims to maximize brain injury recovery through outstanding clinical treatment, cutting edge research and continual advocacy for the rights of all brain injury survivors.”
Mary Anise, Psy.D.
Dr. Anise earned her Psy.D. at the University of Denver. She completed her APA-accredited internship at the VA Hospital in Dallas, after which she decided to reside in Texas. Dr. Anise has over 15 years of experience in both neuropsychological assessment and brain-injury rehabilitation. She has worked with a wide variety of patients with various acquired brain injuries and neurological conditions. Dr. Anise’s clinical and research interests include neuroanatomy and pathology, behavioral neurology, and best practices for brain-injury rehabilitation. She is currently in the process of becoming board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).
“Working at Pate allows me to pursue my passion of using my training and knowledge to improve outcomes for both our patients and their families.”
Katherine Meredith, Psy.D.
Dr. Meredith is Pate’s Assessment Manager and a licensed psychologist. She earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL, with internship training at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas, TX. She completed a year of post-doctoral fellowship within a private practice focusing on neuropsychological evaluation across the lifespan before returning to Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation to complete her second year of post-doctoral fellowship training with specialization in neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology. Her practice has primarily focused on evaluation and treatment of individuals with various neurological disorders, neuropsychological complications associated with complex medical issues, and spinal cord injury in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings.
“My focus at Pate is on promoting communication among providers and team dynamics in the rehabilitation setting to improve quality care and patient outcomes.”
Robert Perna, BSN, Ph.D., ABN, ABPdN
Dr. Perna is a board certified Clinical Neuropsychologist. He has 25 years of experience in various inpatient and outpatient settings including extensive work with stroke and traumatic brain injury populations. Dr. Perna completed his postdoctoral training in an NIH funded fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical Center and Medical School. Dr. Perna provides a wide range of assessment, treatment and cognitive rehabilitation services. He is well published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has a strong background in program development.
C. Daniel Marquez, Psy.D.
Dr. Marquez earned his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. His primary focus of work is in rehabilitation neuropsychology as it pertains to acquired brain injury. He completed a neuropsychology internship, splitting his time between The Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health as well as NeuroRestorative, both of New Jersey. He then completed a two-year post-doctoral residency in rehabilitation neuropsychology at Rehab Without Walls, a multidisciplinary, post-acute rehabilitation facility, in Phoenix, Arizona. He has experience in neuropsychological assessment across the lifespan. He currently works with a wide variety of patients with acquired brain injuries providing assessment, treatment and cognitive rehabilitation services.
Dr. Hayden completed her Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialty in neural substrates of cognition and behavior at the University of Houston in 1976. Dr. Hayden then completed her post-doctoral training with a focus on neuropsychological assessment, planning of rehabilitation of neurologically impaired individuals and research involving hearing impaired and/or language/learning disabled individuals in 1979 at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Hayden is the founder of Pate Rehabilitation and works with our experienced Pate professionals to continually develop and use up-to-date evidence-based treatment, increase individualization of patient treatments, explore ways to bring family members’ participation in the treatment programs, and use Pate’s extensive database research to continue development of greater effectiveness and efficiency.
“I work at Pate because our staff provides A+ treatment for all our patients—just as I would have required for my son, Ben, had he lived past his brain injury.”
Pat Plenger, Ph.D., ABPP
Pate will always recognize Dr. Pat Plenger for his innovation and vision in brain injury. He was Pate’s Clinical Director from 1999 through 2015. Dr. Plenger was a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist with more than 30 years’ experience in assessments, treatments and directing brain injury rehabilitation programs. He was also a lifelong educator, presenting numerous presentations on brain injury recovery and treatment. Dr. Plenger collaborated on research with other institutions such as University of Texas Arlington, University of Texas Dallas and University of Texas Southwestern. In addition, he was leading researcher on brain functioning and recovery using functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) at Pate