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History

NeuroPsychologic Rehabilitation Services was started in a barn in the rural hillsides of Chatham, New York in 1992 by Drs. Len Travaglione and Joan Gold. Both had spent much of the 1980s working at New York University’s Rusk Institute’s Head Trauma Program. The program at NYU was the first in the nation to deliver comprehensive intensive cognitive rehabilitation to persons with brain injuries. After 10 years of post-graduate training it was time to move to the country.

Drs. Travaglione and Gold made their primary business goal to deliver the same intensive treatment in a rural setting and for less cost. Soon they were running two offices, one in Chatham, NY and one in Albany, NY.

Our current team is comprised of 9 professionals with advanced degrees in Psychology and training in neuropsychology. Our track record in helping people regain their lives after a brain injury is well established.

Philosophy

We recognize rehabilitation to be a complicated and involved process that requires an extraordinary effort from all concerned. The effects of the injury extend far beyond the brain; jobs are lost, friends distance themselves, and family structures become challenged.

At NPRS we see ourselves as coaches and the patient as a trainee. In fact, you will not hear the word ‘patient’ used at our facility. Like an athletic training program coaches meet daily to review goals and quantify progress. Likewise our trainees practice, rehearse and perform on the field of their lives. The results of our efforts are designed to help you perform to your highest potential.

Staff Bios

Dr. Leonard Travaglione

Dr. Leonard Travaglione

Clinical Neuropsychologist and Program Director

Len Travaglione is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of NeuroPsychologic Rehabilitation Services. He is a senior clinician in neuropsychology with over 35 years experience in the various aspects of rehabilitation of persons with acquired brain injuries and intellectual deficits. He maintains multiple professional roles that encompass a broad range of activities, is the recipient of awards for his work with persons with acquired brain injuries, and was recognized for Excellence in Teaching by the State University of New York.

Dr. Travaglione received his Masters of Science degree in Counseling and Educational Specialist certification from the State University of New York at Albany. He earned his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Florida in 1988.

Dr. Travaglione completed his post-doctoral training in clinical neuropsychology at New York University Medical Center, Rusk Institute, Head Trauma Program, the first in the country to provide holistic cognitive rehabilitation services to people with acquired brain injuries. He continued his work there for eight more years as Program Coordinator where he and his team maintained the seminal work that established treatment protocols that remain the gold standard of care today.

Dr. Travaglione lectures internationally and within the United States, and consults regularly with state and local treatment programs, colleges and universities about the multiple issues confronting persons with brain injuries and their loved ones. He is currently consulting with regional government offices in China to introduce effective treatment protocols for their citizens who are similarly afflicted.

Dr. Joan Gold

Dr. Joan Gold (Retired)

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Dr. Joan Gold is the co-founder and co-director of NeuroPsychologic Rehabilitation Services. Dr. Gold received her post-doctoral training in the holistic cognitive rehabilitation of persons with acquired brain injury at New York University Medical Center, Rusk Institute, Head Trauma Program and went on to serve as Clinical Team Leader there. During her tenure at NYU, Dr. Gold was actively involved in the seminal research supporting the efficacy of holistic cognitive remedial training. An article she co-authored with Dr. Yehuda Ben-Yishay, appears in RJ Woods (ED) Neurobehavioral Sequelae of Traumatic Brain Injury 1990, London: Taylor and Francis titled ”Therapeutic Milieu Approach to Neuropsychological Rehabilitation”.

Dr. Gold attended Bennington College and received a BS in Education (with honors) from Hofstra University in 1966. She spent 17 years as a teacher earning an MA in Counseling in 1977 and a Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1988 from Hofstra. Dr. Gold pursued her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research receiving an MA in Clinical Psychology in 1981 and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1987.
Dr. Gold is on the board of the Mental Health Association of Columbia and Greene Counties and is Vice-President of the Living Resources Certified Home Health Agency.

JoElla Casse

JoElla Casse, M.A. LMHC (Retired)

Associate Director

JoElla Casse has been a member of our professional team since 1994. She holds a B.A. degree in Psychology and Sociology from the State University of New York at Albany and her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University. She has been working with people with intellectual deficits, including brain injuries, for 37 years.

Her greatest pleasure in her work derives from working with a team of people who are creative, committed to excellence and always working to learn and grow.

Aside from her professional endeavors she is an accomplished stained glass mosaic artist.

Susan Cavallaro

Susan Cavallaro, M.S. Ed.

Coordinator of Clinical Services

Susan Cavallaro has been a member of the clinical team at NPRS since 1994. Prior to that she worked in several positions in the human services field. Susan enjoys working with people and has done so for the last 22 years.

Susan graduated from Binghamton State University with her B.S. and from the College of Saint Rose with her master’s degree in Educational Psychology.

During her free time she enjoys spending time with her family. She is an avid reader, gourmet cook, and skier.

Ashley Palmateer

Ashley Palmateer, M.S.

Rehabilitation Specialist

Ashley Palmateer has been a member of the clinical team at NPRS since 2009. Prior to that she worked with people with developmental disabilities and enjoyed conducting research. As a member of the multiple research teams, Ashley did research in the areas of neuropsychology and social psychology.

Ashley graduated from Plattsburgh State University with a B.A. in Psychology and from SUNY Albany with an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling.

Outside of work, Ashley greatly values the time she is able to spend with her family and enjoys music and dance.

Kyle Sunderland

Kyle Sunderland, LMHC

Program Manager

Kyle Sunderland first joined our treatment team in 2011 as a clinical intern completing his Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from The College of Saint Rose. Prior to working at NPRS, Kyle had worked with numerous populations in the human resources field from the intellectually disabled to families and at risk youth. Kyle has taken to the challenge and inspiration that the brain injury population presented and has joined our staff full time.

Kyle finds the work at NPRS to be extremely rewarding and enjoys helping individuals reach their potential. Aside from work at NPRS, Kyle enjoys playing music and participating/watching sports.

BrittanyBioBrittany Galipeau LMHC

Clinical Team Member

Brittany Galipeau holds a Master’s degree for Mental Health Counseling from the University at Albany, SUNY. She received her Associates degree from Hudson Valley Community College and her B.A. in Psychology at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, in North Adams, Massachusetts. She decided to pursue her interests in the field of Mental Health after observing the NPRS program back in 2013 and as well as completing an internship in the severe mental health population. Brittany has a personal drive to be involved in the TBI community and finds the work she does here at NPRS very inspiring and rewarding.
Other than her professional interests, Brittany enjoys being outside with her dog, doing yoga, running and snowboarding.

Kari Ann Powell A.S.

Kari Ann Powell

Office Administrator

Kari Anne Powell has had over 20 years’ experience in office administration, and has been an office manager for over 15 years.  Her immeasurable interpersonal skills make her the perfect liaison between staff and consumers. Kari Anne attended Maria College in Albany New York.