Meet the M-ACAL Team!

Top (Left to Right): Donna Omichinski, Michael Evitts, Dr. Crystal Young, William Schutt, Dr. Seth Warschuasky

Bottom (Left to Right): Dr. Danielle Shapiro, Annalisa Morgan, Dr. Jacqueline Kaufman  


Core Faculty

Seth Warschausky, PhD
Dr. Warschausky is a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan, Director of the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology and Founding Director of The Michigan Adapted Cognitive Assessment Laboratory, funded by NIDRR, NIH and the Mildred Swanson Foundation. He is the founding President of the American Psychological Association’s Division 22, Section 1, Pediatric Rehabilitation Psychology and a Fellow in Division 22. He is on the Editorial Boards of Rehabilitation Psychology and the Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. He is on the Executive Board for United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan. He has served as an Advisory Board member to the American Psychological Association’s Center for Psychology in Schools and Education. His research, funded by DOED/NIDRR, NIH and the Mildred Swanson Foundation, has included psychometric studies in child neuropsychology, studies of social integration of children with disabilities, and quality of life research.

Jacqueline Kaufman, PhD
Dr. Jacqueline Kaufman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She completed a predoctoral internship at the Columbus Children's Hospital and has published in the area of executive functioning and neuroimaging. She joined the faculty in 2005 after a T-32 Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Michigan. Dr. Kaufman's general research interests include the study of neuropsychological functioning in chronically ill pediatric populations. Specific research interests involve the use of basic cognitive neuroscience protocols during adapted neuropsychological testing of children with motoric and language impairments. She is currently funded through  NIDRR to examine Working Memory in children with Cerebral Palsy. 

Research Administrators

Donna Riccio Omichinski, BA, CCRP, Study Coordinator
Donna has been the Study Coordinator for The Michigan Adapted Cognitive Assessment Lab at the University of Michigan since 2005.  Her research interests include successful collaboration strategies in curriculum planning and constructive advocacy processes for parents of children with disabilities.  She has developed a model that demonstrates a systematic and positive intervention strategy for parents of children with special needs to implement when collaborating with schools and service providers which was presented at the 2005 National TASH Conference.  Donna has authored parent-directed publications that address the use of adapted assessment and their incorporation into educational planning and has also authored and co-authored peer-reviewed publications focusing on the use of adapted technology and choice-making.  In 2009, she was the recipient of a certificate of appreciation from the University of Michigan's Council for Disability Concerns.  She has served a two-year appointment to the State of Michigan Board of Speech Language Pathology (2009-2011).  She is an appointed parent representative of her home school district’s Special Education Advisory Committee.   She currently serves as a member to the Ministry of Persons with disAbilities in the Catholic Archdiocese of Lansing (Michigan), and has developed adapted religious education curriculum.   Donna is the parent of a child with a disability.
Annalisa Morgan, BS, Research Assistant
Annalisa graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 with a degree in Neuroscience. She has previously worked in research labs in both the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychology and the Medical School’s Department of Surgery. Interested in conducting clinical research that focused on children with disabilities, she joined The Michigan Adapted Cognitive Assessment Lab in July, 2013. In the future, Annalisa hopes to attend medical school and utilize the knowledge she gained in the M-ACAL to better serve her future patients.



William Schutt, BS, Research Assistant
Will graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 with a dual B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and Spanish. Before joining The Michigan Adapted Cognitive Assessment Lab in January of 2014, he was involved in research regarding the well-being of para- and quadriplegic patients at the University of Michigan’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. His previous experience working with spinal cord patients inspired him to pursue a full time position working with this population. Eventually, Will plans to become a clinical psychologist; he would like to specialize in neuropsychology and continue to work with individuals with disabilities.



Michael Evitts, MS, Psychometrician
Michael Evitts graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2013 with his Master's in Clinical Psychology. Prior to working at the University of Michigan he conducted research on LGBT populations in collaboration with Eastern Michigan University and The Michigan Project for Informed Public Policy. Interested in continuing clinical work in cognitive assessment, he joined The Michigan Adapted Cognitive Assessment lab in 2014 as a psychometrician. Michael is excited to expand his research interests by working with children and adolescents in the department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and looks forward to continuing his work in both cognitive assessment and women and gender studies.



Post-Doctoral Fellows

Danielle Shapiro, PhD
Dr. Danielle Shapiro is a postdoctoral fellow in Rehabilitation Psychology/ Neuropsychology at the University of Michigan. She obtained her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and Women's Studies from the University of Michigan in 2012. Dr. Shapiro's research interests include systems models of psychological functioning among children with disabilities, associations among neuropsychological factors and psychological well-being, and clinical research methods. Currently, she is particularly interested in the role of broad social contexts and roles, such as gender, in shaping psychological, social, and academic outcomes among children with craniofacial anomalies.

Crystal Young, PhD
Dr. Young is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Pediatric Neuropsychology/Rehabilitation Psychology at the University of Michigan in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She previously trained at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the University of Chicago Medical Center. Research interests include adapted assessment techniques as well as neuropsychological functioning in chronically ill populations, with specific interests in traumatic brain injury and neuro-oncology.



Marie Van Tubbergen, PhD
Dr. Van Tubbergen is an Assistant Professor in PM&R. She received her Ph.D. from Central Michigan University. Her internship was at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and she completed her postdoctoral fellowship here at the University of Michigan. Dr. Van Tubbergen is the psychologist at MedRehab Milestones NeuroRehabilitation Program, an outpatient rehabilitation program for pediatrics. The clinic provides multi-disciplinary therapies for children and adolescents with congenital and acquired neurological injuries. Her research interests include development of adapted techniques and accessible measures for use in neuropsychological assessment. She is a co-investigator on two federally funded grants through The Michigan Adapted Cognitive Assessment Lab, which evaluates psychometric properties of adapted neuropsychological tests for use by individuals with speech and motor impairments. Currently she is refining assessment processes to examine phonological processing abilities and ADHD symptoms among children with speech and motor impairments. Dr. Van Tubbergen is the president-elect of Section 1 (Pediatrics) of APA Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology). 

Edward Hurvitz, MD, Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. Hurvitz is Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is the James W. Rae Collegiate Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Dr. Hurvitz has been involved in the diagnosis and management of children with disabilities for over 20 years. His focus has been on individuals with cerebral palsy and other brain-related syndromes that start in the childhood years. His work covers such areas as spasticity management, motor control, and health and fitness. He has received support from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and from industry for these efforts. His current work focuses on body composition and fitness in children and adults with cerebral palsy, as well as overall health and function in adults with cerebral palsy. He also has worked to promote research in individuals with disability, serving as Co-Director of a National Institute of Health (NIH) sponsored rehabilitation research training program, and participating in panels and national courses related to this area.

Jacobus Donders, PhD, Chief Psychologist, Mary Free Bed Hospital
Dr. Donders is the Chief Psychologist at Mary Free Bed Hospital & Rehabilitation Center in Grand Rapids, MI. He is board-certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in both Clinical Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology. He has authored or co-authored more than 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and of the American Psychological Association. His main research interests include construct and criterion validity of neuropsychological test instruments and prediction of outcome in congenital disorders and acquired brain injury. 

Shana Asbell, PhD, CCC-SLP, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
In addition to working as a clinical speech-language pathologist for more than ten years, Dr. Asbell earned a doctor of philosophy degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in pediatric neuropsychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Asbell’s clinical experiences include working in a variety of organizations, including not-for-profit clinics, private practice, schools, and hospitals with children who present with a variety of neurodevelopmental, neurobehavioral, and neurocognitive disorders. She has provided assessment and therapeutic treatment for children ranging in age from preschool to young adulthood, as well as consultation to their families and other professionals regarding the speech/language and cognitive rehabilitation needs of neurologically-impaired children. Dr. Asbell is a post-doctoral resident in Mary Free Bed’s Neuropsychology Department. She is the co-author of two books: The Source for PDD: Assessment and Intervention and The Source for TBI in Children and Adolescents.

Rita Ayyangar, MD, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. Ayyangar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who is board certified in both Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Ayyangar's research interests are in spasticity management and traumatic brain injury.


Janet Yoo, BS
Janet was a research assistant in the M-ACAL from April 2012 to July 2013. She has applied to medical school. 

Danielle Sandella, BS, PA-S
Danielle was a M-ACAL Research Assistant from 2008-2010 as well as in 2012. She is currently in her clinical year of Physician Assistant school and is hoping to be in practice in the Ann Arbor area in the next year.
Lynn Driver, CCC-SLP
Ms. Driver was part of the M-ACAL for the ANAC and IT projects. She is a senior clinician in the Department of Speech Pathology and supervisor of the Pediatric Speech Pathology division.

Nicole Miller, LMSW
Mrs. Miller was a research assistant in the M-ACAL from 2007-2010. She is currently working as a licensed social worker in the department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan.

Stacie Leffard, PhD
Dr. Leffard was a post-doctoral fellow from 2008-2010. Following her fellowship, she moved to Pittsburgh where she works as a psychologist.

Laura Shank, PsyD
Dr. Shank was a post-doctoral fellow from 2008-2010. Following her fellowship, she moved to Wisconsin where she works as a psychologist.