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Debra Sheppard, Ph.D., ABPP                       

Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology

American Board of Professional Psychology

Suite 401E

2900 12th Avenue North

Billings MT 59101-7502

Voice (406) 238-6350

Facsimile (406) 238-6359



BS -     Wayne State University, June, 1980

            Major in Psychology


MA -   Oakland University, June, 1982

            Major in Clinical Psychology


Ph.D.-  Wayne State University , August, 1987

            Major in Clinical Psychology

            Minor in Physiological Psychology

            Specializing in Clinical Neuropsychology

            Dissertation: "Tracing the Neuropsychological Deficits Associated with

                                    Chronic Alcoholism: A Simultaneous Test of Three Hypotheses"


Specialist in Mental Health of Aging in the field of Clinical Psychology, Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University, 1982



Montana License #201

Wyoming License #428  

Professional Memberships:

American Board of Professional Psychology

American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology

American Psychological Association

APA - Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology)

APA - Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology)

International Neuropsychological Society

National Academy of Neuropsychology

Montana Psychological Association (Past-President)

Montana Head Injury Association

Yellowstone Valley Psychological Association (Past-President)


Research Experience:

Research assistant in biopsychology laboratory, responsible for animal training, surgical procedures, injections, etc. (1979 - 1980)

Supervisor: Robert Berman, Ph.D.

Research assistant in schizophrenia research at Northville State Hospital and Lafayette Clinic, responsible for data collection on human subjects. (1979 - 1980)

Supervisor: Gerald Rosenbaum, Ph.D.


Research assistant in gerontological studies, responsible for coding of data and assisting in grant proposal writing. Funded through NIMH fellowship. (1980 - 1982)

Supervisors: Boaz Kahana, Ph.D. and Eva Kahana, Ph.D.


Research assistant in pharmacological research at Lafayette Clinic, responsible for data collection on human subjects and data analysis. (1981 - 1983)

Supervisors: Samuel Brinkman, Ph.D. and Robert Block, Ph.D.


Training Experience:

Intern in neuropsychology at the Allen Park VA Medical Center (1981) Assessment - neurological patients

Supervisor: Samuel Brinkman, Ph.D.


Intern in neuropsychology at Lafayette Clinic (1981 - 1983)

Assessment - psychiatric and neurological patients

Supervisors: Samuel Brinkman, Ph.D. and Ron Lewis, Ph.D.


Intern at Salvation Army Harbor Light (1981)

Assessment, group and individual psychotherapy, educational series - substance abusers

Supervisor: Edward Podany, Ph.D.


Intern at Sinai Hospital Rehabilitation Unit (1985)

Neuropsychological assessment - broad range of rehabilitation patients

Supervisor: John O'Leary, Ph.D.


Intern at Kingswood Hospital (1984- 1985)

Psychological and neuropsychological assessment, group therapy - psychiatric   adults and adolescents

Supervisors: Lynn Pantano, Ph.D., Sylvia Voelker, Ph.D., and Patricia Moylan, Ph.D.


Intern at the Allen Park VA Medical Center (1985 - 1986)

Psychological and neuropsychological assessment, group and individual therapy-psychiatric patients, neurological patients, substance abusers

Supervisors: Manfred Grieffenstein, Ph.D., Darrel Dunkel, Ph.D., and Dale Jeffs, Ph.D.


Current Employment:

Private practice, Billings, MT (1990 - current)

Specializing in services to clients with head injury or other physical disabilities. Services include assessment, therapy, and cognitive remediation.


Previous Employment:

Neuropsychologist on the rehabilitation unit at St. Vincent Hospital and Health Center , Billings . (1989 - 1992) Responsible for assessment, individual psychotherapy, behavioral programs consultation to other staff, staff inservices, program development, supervision of post-doctoral staff and technicians.


Chief Psychologist on the Head Injury Unit at the Rehabilitation Institute, Detroit

(1987 - 1989). Responsible for neuropsychological assessment, individual and group psychotherapy, computer remediation programs, behavioral programs, supervision of interns and other staff, staff inservices, consultations to other services - head injured adults.


Private Practice, Psychological Systems, Inc. Huntington Woods, MI (1987 - 1989). Practice involved consultation to an inpatient head injury unit (neuropsychological assessment and treatment recommendations), as well as neuropsychological assessment and treatment of head injured individuals on an outpatient basis.


Papers and Publications:

Author on paper "Myth vs. Reality: Staff Beliefs About the Elderly Contrasted with the Characteristics of Institutionalized Aged." Presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America , November 8 - 12, 1981.


Co-editor and contributing author of "Effective Substance Abuse Counseling with Specific Populations", published by the State of Michigan Office of Substance Abuse Services.


Sheppard, D., Smith, G.T., & Rosenbaum, G. (1988). "Use of MMPI Subtypes in Predicting Completion of a Residential Alcoholism Treatment Program", Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 56, 590 - 596.


Sheppard, D. & Greiffenstein, M.F. "Alcoholic Deficits on the Rey-Osterreith Complex Figure Test", poster presentation at the American Psychological Association 1992 Annual meeting, Washington, D.C., August, 1992.


Teaching Experience:

Instructor - Wayne State University (1984 - 1987)

Assistant Professor - Eastern Montana College (1991 - 1993)


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