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Psychology

Craig Hospital’s Psychology Department provides integrative and comprehensive psychological services to patients and their families. Rehabilitation Psychologists and Neuropsychologists provide inpatient and outpatient services throughout the course of a patient’s rehabilitation program to address social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral concerns that occur with traumatic injuries or illnesses of the central nervous system. These services are provided within the Inpatient Program, Transition Program, Outpatient Program, Biofeedback Clinic , TRAC (Teen Rehab at Craig) Program, through support groups offered to patients and their families, and when patients opt to return for Interdisciplinary Outpatient Evaluations (IOE). Direct patient services may include:

  • Providing psychotherapy to assist with adjustment and adaptation to injury or illness
  • Conducting psychological and/or neuropsychological evaluations
  • Providing psychophysiological assessment and treatment
  • Providing education to patients and their families

Throughout all parts of treatment, our psychologists focus on a partnership with the patient and their families while appreciating cultural, ethnic, religious, and sexual diversity. Our intent is to work collaboratively with the patient and their interdisciplinary treatment team while fostering a culture of possibilities, a sense of self-confidence, and a focus on maximizing quality of life.

Team Members

  • Toby Huston, Ph.D. Rehabilitation Psychologist, Director of Psychology

    Toby Huston, Ph.D. is the Director of Psychology. He joined Craig Hospital in 2002 and spent 13 years as a team Rehabilitation Psychologist in the spinal cord injury program before assuming his current leadership position in 2015. He earned his B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State University in 1988 and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in 1997. Toby has worked in the field of Rehabilitation Psychology for 20 years and was an Assistant Professor in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado prior to coming to Craig Hospital. He has been involved in numerous research projects in the field of rehabilitation and has presented and published on topics of Rehabilitation Psychology, spinal cord injury, and quality of life. Toby is actively involved in a number of professional organizations including Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) of the American Psychological Association and the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, where he has served as the president of the Psychology, Social Work, and Counselor section and is a member of the organization’s governance board of directors. He maintains a clinical presence at Craig in addition to his leadership role.

  • Asma Ali, Psy.D., ABPP Rehabilitation Psychologist

    Dr. Ali is a Board Certified Rehabilitation Psychologist. She has experience in providing holistic care in collaboration with interdisciplinary teams to patients and their families. She specializes on working with patients and their families who have experienced spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and who also suffer from various complex medical conditions, in addition to acute and chronic pain conditions. Her treatment philosophy incorporates integrative, mind-body care. Her work is inclusive of providing: psychological assessment and diagnosis, neuropsychological screening, psychotherapy to patients and their families while they adjust to life-altering events, nonpharmacological pain management services, as well as biofeedback assessment and treatment.

    Dr. Ali obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Neuropsychology at The Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health, and her post-doctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation Psychology at Tampa General Hospital. She also previously worked at Shepherd Center, providing inpatient and outpatient nonpharmacological pain management services. Currently she works collaboratively alongside an interdisciplinary team, specializing in treatment for inpatients with spinal cord injuries. Dr. Ali loves traveling, photography, and outdoor adventures!

  • Jim Berry, Ph.D., ABPP Rehabilitation Neuropsychologist

    Psychology

    Dr. Berry earned a BA from the University of The South in 1980. He completed his Master’s Degree in Public Administration at The University of Colorado in 1983. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology in 1989 and was awarded a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1991. His dissertation examined The Presence of Neuropsychological Deficits in Abstaining Cocaine users. He completed a two year Neuropsychological Fellowship at Craig Hospital in 1993. He has been Board Certified in Rehabilitation Psychology since 2004. Dr. Berry continues to work as a clinical neuropsychologist at Craig Hospital, specializing in the diagnostic assessment and treatment of traumatic brain injury.

  • Les Butt, Ph.D., ABPP Rehabilitation Psychologist

    Lester Butt, Ph.D., A.B.P.P. (RP), received his doctoral training at The George Washington University (M.Phil. 1970 and Ph.D. 1973) in Clinical Psychology through a National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship. Dr. Butt did his internship and post-doctoral fellowship within the Harvard University Medical School system from 1972-1974. He has worked in the field of Rehabilitation Psychology since beginning at Craig Hospital in 1977 and served as the 1st Director of Psychology from 1987-2015. Dr. Butt is Board Certified and served as President of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychologists under the umbrella of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He was a member of this Board of Directors for twelve years. Additionally, he is a three-time Past President of the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers (AASCIPSW) and served on its Board of Directors for ten years. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association divisions of Rehabilitation Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Trauma. Dr. Butt has served as a Panel Member for the Consortium of Spinal Cord Medicine, Clinical Practice and Consumer Guidelines for Depression and Individuals with Ventilator Dependency. He is the recipient of the Clinical Performance, Essie Morgan, and James J. Peters Distinguished Service Awards from AASCIPSW. As this organization evolved into the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, he was an initial member of its Governance Board. In 2007, he was given the 1st Lifetime Award of Practitioner Excellence by the American Psychological Association’s Division of Rehabilitation Psychology. He is on the Editorial Board of NeuroRehabilitation, the Oxford University Press series on Rehabilitation Psychology and serves as the reviewer for multiple other publishing companies. In addition, Dr. Butt serves on the Fellow Selection Committee of the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

  • Don Gerber, Psy.D., ABPP Rehabilitation Neuropsychologist

    Psychology

    Dr. Don Gerber is a Licensed Psychologist in Colorado and a Board Certified Rehabilitation Psychologist through the American Board of Professional Psychology. He focuses on providing neuropsychological evaluation and rehabilitation treatment to individuals who have sustained central nervous system injuries. He has forty years of experience working with individuals who have sustained traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. He utilizes a biopsychosocial model of human behavior to conceptualize interventions, primarily using a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach. He is also a principal investigator for research studies at Craig Hospital, and is currently involved in sleep research. He also has a specialty interest in sport concussions, and has been a neuropsychological consultant to multiple club, collegiate, Olympic and professional sport organizations.

    Dr. Gerber obtained his Psy.D in Clinical Psychology at The University of Denver. He completed his pre-doctoral internship training at the Boston Veterans Affairs Medical Center as well as specialty training in neuropsychology at Boston University, Beth Israel Hospital and Craig Hospital. He is a member of the American Psychological Association Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) and Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology), and is a charter member of the Sports Neuropsychology Society.

  • Emily Markley, Psy.D. Rehabilitation Psychologist

    Psychology

    Dr. Emily Markley is a Psychologist at Craig Hospital where she has served on an interdisciplinary inpatient team working with spinal cord injury patients and their families since 2016. In addition to her team role, she serves as the Motivational Interviewing liaison to the Nursing and Therapeutic Recreation departments, co-leads inpatient Women’s and Caregiver Support Groups, and supervises students in clinical practice. Her treatment approach is holistic, relational, and strengths-based, incorporating elements of neuropsychological screening, behavioral methods for treating challenges with sleep, pain, and anxiety, and collaborative attunement to the complex issues that arise following injury.

    Dr. Markley earned her doctoral degree from The University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University. In 2015, Dr. Markley was awarded the American Psychoanalytic Association Fellowship, an early career initiative for future leaders in the psychoanalytic community. Dr. Markley is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Denver teaching doctoral students and sees outpatients in private practice. She is an active member of the American Psychological Association Rehabilitation Psychology Division and the Academy for Spinal Cord Injury Professionals. Outside of the office, Dr. Markley enjoys spending time with friends and family, being in the mountains, traveling, cooking and baking, and playing with her dog and cat.

  • Kimberley Monden, Ph.D. Principal Investigator, Rehabilitation Psychologist

    Research

    Kimberley Monden, PhD, is a Principal Investigator in the Research Department at Craig Hospital and Co-Project Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional Traumatic Brain Injury Model System. Dr. Monden is a Licensed Psychologist with clinical experience in health and rehabilitation psychology. Her research focuses on perceptions of injustice and resilience following traumatic injury with an interest in improving quality of life and long-term psychosocial outcomes after injury. Dr. Monden has research funding support from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the American Psychological Foundation (APF), and the Craig Hospital Foundation. Dr. Monden earned her Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kansas in 2009. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS and Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Psychology and Integrated Primary Care at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and Access Community Health Centers in Madison, Wisconsin.

  • Jason Nupp, Psy.D., ABPP Rehabilitation Neuropsychologist

    Psychology

    Dr. Nupp is a Board Certified Rehabilitation Psychologist through the American Board of Professional Psychology and an Academy Certified Brain Injury Specialist through the Brain Injury Association of America. His treatment philosophy is integrative and based on a biopsychosocial understanding of human behavior. His work focuses primarily on the neuropsychological evaluation and treatment of patients with traumatic injuries to the central nervous system and the support of family members affected by these life-changing events. He has a special interest in the unique aspects of caring for patients with co-occurring brain injury and spinal cord injury. Dr. Nupp completed his M.A. in Clinical Psychology at St. Michael’s College followed by his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at The University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology with a specialty in Clinical Health Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology. His pre-doctoral internship training was conducted at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center followed by post-doctoral training at Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Nupp serves as adjunct professor at The University of Denver Master’s Program in Sport and Performance Psychology. At Craig Hospital, he functions as the Director of Clinical Training for doctoral externships and post-doctoral fellowships in the Department of Psychology. When he is outside the office, Dr. Nupp enjoys trail running, climbing, snowboarding and spending time with his wife and two active young boys in the mountains.

  • Lisa Payne, Ph.D. Rehabilitation Psychologist

    Psychology

    Lisa Payne has been a clinical psychologist at Craig for over 29 years. She specializes in the treatment of patients and families who have experienced spinal cord and brain injuries, in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. For the past ten years she has loved her position as Psychologist in the Outpatient Department. She provides individual, marital and family therapy, as well as co facilitates SCI and Caregiver Support groups at Craig. One of her primary interests is working with individuals with SCI and TBI who are transitioning to the community and with community agencies. She was a Primary Investigator on research studies investigating the effect of volunteering on psychological well-being post-TBI and SCI.

    Lisa obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California. Prior to moving to Colorado and starting her career at Craig, she worked as a Rehabilitation Psychologist at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center. When she is not working, she enjoys gardening, family, friends and volunteering at RSVP, a free clinic for individuals without insurance who have experienced catastrophic injuries.

  • Jim Schraa, Psy.D. Rehabilitation Neuropsychologist

    Psychology

  • Bibi Stang, Ph.D. Rehabilitation Neuropsychologist

    Psychology

    Dr. Bibi Stang is a Clinical Neuropsychologist. She has experience in providing holistic care in collaboration with interdisciplinary teams to patients and their families. Her work focuses primarily on the neuropsychological evaluation and treatment of patients with brain injury and the support of family members affected by these life-changing events. Her treatment approach is patient-centered, collaborative, and incorporates an integrative approach.

    Dr. Stang obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Medical Healthcare System and her post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neurorehabilitation at Barrow Neurological Institute. Dr. Stang enjoys being outside with her family, exploring farmer’s markets, and trying new food!