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Rehabilitation Psychology

Behavioral psychologists provide neuropsychological evaluations and therapy to Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center patients on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.

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 the treatment of anxiety and depression. Psychological treatment services often include the patient and their family members working together to address adjustments to lifestyle changes.

Meet the 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 went on to complete a Master’s and Doctorate Degree at the University of Mississippi studying human communication and cognitive behavioral therapy.  In her role as a clinical psychologist at Patricia Neal she is involved in many aspects of a patient’s rehab program.  Dr. Crusco has continued to volunteer in her local Knoxville community as well, serving on the Board of the Knoxville Area Psychological Association, first serving as Continuing Education Coordinator, and later, as President of KAPA, which is a division of the American Psychological Association

Michael Klitzke, PhD neuropsychologist

Dr. Klitzke works with the patients and their families helping with adjustment issues and providing treatment for depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances.  Dr. Klitzke provides neuropsychological evaluations for rehabilitation patients as well as patients referred from physicians in our region.  His training and educational background includes degrees from the University of Minnesota, University of Mississippi, Internship at the Medical College of Georgia and Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.  He has published in scientific journals in the areas of neuropsychology, addiction, and therapist training.