Meet Rehabilitation Psychologist, Tracy Shannon, PsyD

Hi I’m Dr. Tracy Shannon. I’m a neuropsychologist
and rehab psychologist at OSU Wexner Medical Center. I have a degree in clinical psychology
but I specialized in neuropsychology so my first experience working with individuals
was working with individuals at a residential facility with severe behavioral disturbance,
secondary to traumatic brain injury. And I just really fell in love with the population.
I’ve seen individuals on the acute floors, so right after an injury has occurred and
then was able to follow them to the inpatient rehab to track their progress and kind of
make recommendations based on where they were in their recovery and then follow them from
an outpatient perspective doing outpatient neuropsychological assessment to assist with
return to school, return to work, really the full continuum of care. So that’s kind of
how I fell in love with rehab. My role is twofold. On some in some environments my role
is to kind of evaluate how you’re doing from a cognitive perspective so, are you having
memory problems? Are you having attention problems? Are you having have you had change
in personality following this brain injury? And how are these impairments if they if they’re
there how are they serving as barriers? You know, how are they preventing you from doing
what you want to do? And I evaluate that and I can make recommendations. And my my other
role is more okay, how can I make these recommendations specific to you? You want to go to college
and get a degree in fine arts but you had a significant stroke. Okay well let me look
at your strengths, let me look at your weaknesses, take what I know about you know disability
and accommodations in schools and try to get you those accommodations so you can be successful.
You know and also my role as a psychologist is I want to know how you’re doing emotionally.
How are you adjusting following a stroke? I get to see people get better and I that
think that sounds very cliché but especially you know, when I worked in pediatrics and
even now I work predominately with adults I would go in and I would see individuals
at the very lowest point of their their injuries. My role at that point is more with the family,
kind of see how they’re doing, how they’re adjusting, what do they know about the injury
and make sure they understand. And then the cool part is to see that person each day go
from being unresponsive to maybe giving a thumbs up to then being able to answer yes/no
questions to then going to rehab and they’re tolerating three hours of therapy and it was
really pretty cool. So I get to see people at their lowest point, make progress and make
gains and I think that’s really special.

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