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Rehabilitation Psychology

Behavioral psychologists provide neuropsychological evaluations and therapy to patients at Patricia Neal Outpatient Services. Rehabilitation psychology treatment areas include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Cognitive deficits
  • Medication compliance
  • Behavioral treatment of sleep disorders
  • Pain management
  • Family conflict

Neuropsychological evaluations

Neuropsychological evaluations provide detailed information regarding an individual’s attention, memory, language, visual processing, executive abilities and emotional status. Patients are referred by their physician for a neuropsychological evaluation to clarify areas of strength and difficulty following an injury to the brain and to provide diagnostic information.   

Psychological therapy

Psychological therapy is available to provide emotional support for patients and their families adjusting to living with chronic pain, illness or disability, as well as treatment for anxiety and depression. Psychological treatment services often include the patient and their family members working together to address adjustments to lifestyle changes.

Meet the Rehabilitation Psychology Clinicians

April Crusco, PhD, psychologist

April Crusco, Ph.D., received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Maryland’s division of Behavioral and Social Sciences.  She completed master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Mississippi, studying human communication and cognitive behavioral therapy.  As a clinical psychologist at Patricia Neal, she is involved in many aspects of a patient’s rehab program.  Dr. Crusco also volunteers in the local Knoxville community, serving on the board of the Knoxville Area Psychological Association, first as continuing education coordinator and later as president of KAPA, a division of the American Psychological Association\.

Michael Klitzke, PhD, neuropsychologist

Dr. Klitzke works with patients and their families, helping with adjustment issues and providing treatment for depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances.  Dr. Klitzke provides neuropsychological evaluations for patients at Patricia Neal Outpatient Services as well as patients referred from physicians in our region.  His educational background includes degrees from the University of Minnesota, University of Mississippi, an internship at the Medical College of Georgia, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.  He has published articles in scientific journals in the areas of neuropsychology, addiction, and therapist training.