Randy G. Reese, Ph.D. Neuropsychologist & Brain Injury Expert

Randy G. Reese, Neuropsychologist & Brain Injury Expert

Dr. Randy Reese is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist with over 20 years of experience. He applies his expertise to forensic casework involving cognitive assessments of individuals with acquired brain injuries, standard of care disputes for psychological services, and professional negligence claims.

During his 22-year tenure in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Reese developed expertise functioning as the sole mental health provider in remote areas with limited resources, as well as developing policies and procedures on a national level at Navy Medicine Headquarters. He is experienced performing Fitness for Duty assessments to determine cognitive ability to perform routine and specialized job tasks. Dr. Reese regularly selects and administers standardized neuropsychological testing to assess the cognitive functioning, particularly following concussions (mild traumatic brain injury) and other acquired brain injuries, quantifying functional impact and prognosis following injury. Acquired brain injuries may arise from structural damage to the brain resulting from physical trauma, hypoxia, chemical exposure, drug overdoses, and post-medical procedures, among others.

Dr. Reese is experienced in the clinical diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and assessing the residual emotional and cognitive effects of sexual abuse, physical abuse/violence, and emotional trauma. He also has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of concussions/mild traumatic brain injury. In addition to performing neuropsychological and psychological assessments of patients, Dr. Reese has supervised behavioral health professionals in their duties and can speak to the standard of care for mental health professionals.

Dr. Reese earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto, CA, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the University of Washington, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. He is registered with the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), enabling him to work in any state participating in the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT).  Dr. Reese holds state licenses in Virginia, Maryland, and Utah. He has also met the requirements to perform telehealth/remote mental health and neuropsychological assessments. He is a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychologists.

Professional Experience

Robson Forensic, Inc.

Associate

2023 to present

Provide technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony regarding clinical and assessment standard of care, and assessment of functional impact of brain injury or insult.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Comprehensive assessment of contributing factors, functional impact, and likelihood of resolution following exposure to significant trauma.

Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Extensive experience in assessment of cognitive changes, occupational and educational functional impact, and recovery and rehabilitation recommendations following concussion.

Standard of Care: Experienced in medical record review to assess standard of care determinations. Standard of care assessment includes reviewing medical records and completing collateral interviews when needed to determine if reasonable standards of assessment, treatment, documentation, and disposition were met.

Functional Capacity Assessment: Experience in completing detailed psychological and neuropsychological assessment to ascertain strengths and limitations related to occupational task requirements.

Policy, Program, and Protocol Development: Experience in integrating evidence based care and clinical practice guidelines to establish comprehensive multidisciplinary treatment protocols. Also developed national level programs for training medical providers in concussion assessment and management, as well as concussion education training protocols for deploying service members.

Professional Development and Mentoring: Many years as a senior Naval Officer developing and mentoring junior officers to facilitate personal and professional development of leadership skills, moral and ethical decision making, teamwork, resilience and toughness, and problem solving.

Supervision of Mental Health Professionals: Throughout various leadership roles, facilitated the professional growth and development of licensed mental health professionals, including achieving professional goals, meeting standard of care, engaging in ongoing education and development, and leveraging individual strengths to maximize group achievements.

Greater Baltimore Counseling Center

Clinical Neuropsychologist

2023 to present
  • Complete comprehensive psychodiagnostic interview.
  • Select, administer, and score tailored neuropsychological test battery for diagnostic clarification.
  • Score, interpret, and integrate findings.
  • Report findings to clients and clinicians in clear, understandable, and practically applicable terms

Neuropsychological Consulting Services

Clinical Neuropsychologist

2023 to present
  • Perform telehealth neuropsychological assessment for adult patients who have experienced traumatic brain injury.
  • Integrate interview and neuropsychological test results in written neuropsychological report.
  • Brief follow up with clients as needed for additional assessment and brief skills remediation for cognitive symptom attenuation.

U.S. Navy

2000 to 2022
Director Midshipmen Development Center 2019-2022
U.S. Naval Academy
  • Director of the clinic which functions as the non-medical behavioral health resource for the Naval Academy, serving a population of 4,400 college age midshipmen, supervising nine staff and three annually rotating doctoral students.
  • Rapidly responded to the effects of the global pandemic, seamlessly shifting all services to telehealth within two weeks, meeting all security and privacy requirements to provide mental health services to students who were remote for five months.
  • Served as the senior clinical expert providing consultation on behavioral health factors in program and policy development.
  • Consult and collaborate with the Commandant of Midshipmen and other leaders to integrate evidence based behavioral health practices to enhance personal and professional development of midshipmen for subjects such as:
    • Suicide Prevention
    • Trauma intervention and treatment
    • Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
    • Sleep and Human Performance
    • Human Performance Optimization

Acting Director, Primary Care  2019
Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

  • Reporting to the Assistant Deputy Chief for Readiness and Health at Navy Medicine Headquarters, supervised 68 staff executing a $187M budget across six program management offices in primary care, pain management, mental health, integrated behavioral health, and combat operational stress control with global impact across Navy Medicine activities.
  • Managed completion of tasks and assignments from the Navy Surgeon General and the Deputy Chief for Readiness and Health, including program development, implementation, and assessment.

Section Head, Traumatic Brain Injury Programs  2015-2018
Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

  • Served as the sole functioning subject matter expert on mild traumatic brain injury/concussion for Navy Medicine, with responsibility for oversight of up to ten concussion and mild traumatic brain injury programs, with budgets of about $15 million.
  • Developed and updated policy for prevention, training, treating, and tracking mild traumatic brain injury impacting the entire Navy and Marine Corps. Innovations provided direction for emerging government funded research developing more effective, efficient treatment, developing and better evidence based personalized treatment regimens.
  • Collaborated with colleagues in Joint Services aligning programs and policies for concussion education, assessment, and treatment products across the Department of Defense resulting in cost savings and increased operational efficiency and cohesion.

Department Head, Mental Health  2015
NH Camp Lejeune

  • Led a process of integrating over 100 staff across five geographically diverse locations into a single, coordinated unit.
  • Developed novel solutions to meet continually increasing mental health needs with no budget increase.
  • Streamlined intake process and outcome assessment procedures reducing appointment wait times by 50%, and reducing no-show rates by over 50%, improving access to care and clinician productivity.

Clinical Neuropsychologist  2013
Warrior Recovery Center
NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan

  • Sole neuropsychologist providing acute concussion and psychological care for over 100 Soldiers and other NATO and Coalition forces involved in blast and other traumatic events in a combat environment.
  • Subject matter expert for treatment team providing consultation on neuropsychological aspects of recovery, limited neuropsychological screening, and brief interventions targeting acute symptoms to improve outcomes and prevent long-term symptoms of PTSD and postconcussive syndrome.
  • As a senior Naval officer, provided leadership and mentoring for junior officers while serving as Assistant Director for Medical Services.
  • Assess and manage program operations, providing guidance and oversight over various NATO hospital departments.
  • Developed reviews and recommendations of operations to senior hospital leadership.

Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist  2011-2015
Marine and Sailor Concussion Recovery Center
NH Hospital Camp Lejeune

  • As the senior neuropsychologist, played a pivotal role in developing a new interdisciplinary comprehensive 16-week treatment program for active duty Marines and other military members who had suffered concussion with treatment-resistant symptoms.
  • Consulted with general medical officers in medical aid stations to assist in determination of optimal treatment approach for active duty members.
  • Provided subject matter expert consultation with hospital physicians on topics related to neurocognitive assessment and treatment.
  • Supported the hospital mental health team with on-call mental health consultation to Family Practice residents for psychiatric emergencies and in-patient rounds.

Senior Fellow, Clinical Neuropsychology  2009-2011
University of Washington Medical Center
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seattle, Washington

  • Two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology, including neuropsychological evaluation with detailed clinical interview, neuropsychological testing, test interpretation, report writing, disability and insurance evaluations.
  • Collaborated with interdisciplinary treatment team including physiatrist, speech, occupational, and vocational therapists, and rehabilitation psychologists. Rotations included University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center Inpatient Rehabilitation, and Veterans Administration Puget Sound Healthcare System.
  • Training included individual and group supervision, neurology rounds, neuroanatomy course, brain pathology dissection, and various other didactic opportunities throughout the UW Medical School and community hospitals and resources.

Ship’s Psychologist  2006-2009
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), Everett, Washington

  • Sole mental health provider for over 5000 active duty Sailors and air wing personnel providing psychological assessment, psychological testing, crisis intervention, psychotherapy, and fitness for duty recommendations.
  • During deployment in austere conditions with limited resources, responsible for managing acute cases including suicidal ideation, delusional disorders, and acute psychosis onboard the ship.
  • Provided behavioral health specialty care integrated with primary care in the form of direct assessment and intervention for behavioral aspects of medical presentations, as well as consultation and training with medical providers.
  • Licensed Independent Practitioner supervising two Navy Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program counselors who conducted assessment and treatment for personnel with substance use issues.

Division Officer, Behavioral Health, Branch Medical Clinic  2004-2006
Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Yokosuka Japan

  • Established the first behavioral healthcare services for population of 6000+ active duty and dependents, including assessment, diagnosis/disposition, treatment, suicide assessment and management, suitability for duty determinations, and multidisciplinary case management in a forward deployed environment with limited resources.
  • Licensed Independent Practitioner for the local Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program supervising two SARP counselors. Developed treatment curriculum.
  • Provided Primary Care Behavioral Medicine services including direct training and consultation for physicians and medical staff, and interventions with patients.
  • Command-wide consultation on behavioral health and organizational/personnel issues.

Head, Behavioral Health Division  2001-2004
Naval Postgraduate Dental School
National Naval Dental Center, Bethesda, Maryland

  • Solo psychologist serving as faculty for all dental residents teaching a nine-hour course in Applied Behavioral Psychology in Dentistry.
  • Developed and implemented protocols for assessment, diagnosis/disposition, treatment planning and implementation in a multidisciplinary setting for dental patients referred from the Orofacial Pain Clinic and other departments within the dental school.
  • Provided mental health treatment for staff members within the command.

Professional Credentials

  • Virginia Psychology License # 0810006157
  • Maryland Psychology License # 06889
  • Utah Psychology License # 13449691-2501
  • Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT), mobility #13371

Education

  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, 2004
  • M.S., Clinical Psychology, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto, CA, 1999
  • B.S., Psychology, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 1993
  • B.A., Japanese, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 1993

Professional Memberships

  • National Academy of Neuropsychology, 2008-present
  • American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychologists, Associate Member, 2008-present

Research Experience

Member, Research Quality Committee, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune
Member of a research protocol and proposal review team that reviews research protocol making recommendations for appropriateness, research design, and human participant protection, prior to submission to the region Institutional Review Board. 09/2013-11/2015

Principal/Assistant Investigator, “A Pilot Study of the Effectiveness of Mobile TeleHealth Beiofeedback in Improving Symptoms of PTSD in Military Members Exposed to Combat” a joint study with Eastern Carolina University. 07/2012-11/2015

Assistant Investigator, “NHCL Clinical Research Database to Study Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Health Outcomes in Military Personnel.” 07/2012-11/2015
Principal/Assistant Investigator, “A Pilot Study in Development of a Mobile NeuroCognitive Assessment Device.” 07/2012-11/2015

Dissertation Research, 02/2001-4/2004
Title: A Meta-analysis of the assessment of psychological factors in orofacial pain patients.
Dissertation Chair: Donald Woods, Ph.D.
Analysis of assessment factors and various psychological constructs and their relationships to various orofacial pain syndromes based on five decades of research literature.

Dissertation Research, 09/1997-02/2001
Title: Variability in language acquisition and its effects on executive functions in deaf adolescents.
Dissertation Chair: Amy Wisniewski, Ph.D.
Drawing together research from the fields of cognitive psychology, development psychology, and neuropsychology, as well as from linguistics and neuroimaging, this study was designed to explore the relationship between language acquisition and executive abilities in prelingually deaf adolescents. This study was developed from literature which indicates 1) observed cortical differences in the deaf related to absence of auditory stimulation, as well as the use of a visual-gestural language, and 2) effects of reduced language exposure during formative years. Additionally, behavioral problems associated with impulsivity and disinhibition have been reported in deaf youth. Limitations in development of executive functions might account in part for reported disinhibition and behavioral problems.

Professional Presentations

  • NHCL Clinical Research Database to Study Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Health Outcomes in Military Personnel, poster presented at Military Health System Research Symposium, 2015, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • A Pilot Study in Development of a Mobile NeuroCognitive Assessment Device, poster presented at Military Health System Research Symposium, 2015, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • Assessment of Psychological Functioning Post-Deployment: An Early Intervention. Johnston, S., Reese, R. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association, August 2005.

Committees

Midshipmen Affairs Team, multidisciplinary team at the U. S. Naval Academy established under the direction of the Superintendent focused on synergistic activities to reduce destructive behaviors among the brigade of midshipmen. 2019-2022

Character Review Committee, under the auspices of the Admissions Office of the U. S. Naval Academy, responsible for reviewing applicants for psychological suitability for consideration of admission to the U. S. Naval Academy. 2019-2022

Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council (TAC), voting member – a chartered council including TBI representatives from the Joint Services and the Defense Health Administiration, with advisory members from Veterans Affairs and other allied agencies. The council was chartered to develop a unified pathway of care, and to enhance collaboration and cooperation across various Department of Defense traumatic brain injury organizations. 2015-2019

Neurotrauma Scientific Steering Committee (SSC), member - requirements driven, medical research and development program charged to plan, program, budget and oversee the execution of a Department of Defense Research, Development, Test & Evaluation (RDT&E) equity dedicated to the topic of military trauma or combat casualty care. Specific goals of the program are to stimulate and support innovative, integrated, multidisciplinary research efforts that will lead to meeting the Combat Casualty Care Research Program (CCCRP) vision. SSCs serve a vital purpose, assisting the CCCRP leadership in identifying requirements to fill the gaps and monitoring and advising the Director on progress associated with the program's investment. 2015-2019

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