Bancroft NeuroRehab clinical staff has the most Board Certified specialists in the region, addressing specific challenges associated with neurological brain injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Our world class roster of neuropsychologists, therapists and case managers work with families and social workers to develop the most appropriate treatment plan and levels of support needed for success.
Joan Roush, M.Ed., PT
Senior Vice President, Bancroft NeuroRehab
Joan Roush has worked exclusively in Neurological Rehabilitation for the past 35 years. She started in brain injury rehabilitation at Moss Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, then moved to Mediplex Rehabilitation Hospital, an inpatient facility dedicated to the rehabilitation of those with severe Neurologic Injury. There she was Director of Inpatient Rehabilitation Services, and later administrator of the Comprehensive Outpatient Rehab Facility (CORF) and Residential Programs.
In 1994, Joan was a founding partner in Independence Rehab Services, PC. Independence Rehab, as it became known, was a provider of comprehensive outpatient services for the neurologically complex adult, providing acute through longer term intensive rehabilitation. She has also extensively lectured in many different aspects of Neurological Rehabilitation. Joan joined Bancroft NeuroRehab in 2016, when Independence Rehab was acquired. In 2017, Joan was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey (BIA-NJ).
Joan graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and received her Master’s in Exercise Physiology from Temple University.
Nina Geier, M.S., M.P.T., CBIST
Senior Clinical Director, Central Jersey
Nina Geier is responsible for leading Bancroft NeuroRehab’s transdisciplinary clinical services in Central New Jersey. She has worked in the field of brain injury rehabilitation since 1986 and has provided services in acute, sub-acute, community-based, outpatient, and post-acute rehabilitation settings.
A licensed physical therapist and a certified brain injury specialist trainer, Geier is a co-chair of the Community-based Treatment Task Force of the Brain Injury-Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Geier earned a Masters of Physical Therapy degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.
Claire McGrath, Ph.D., ABPP
Dr. McGrath is a senior neuropsychologist and director of postdoctoral training at Bancroft NeuroRehab. Dr. McGrath is board certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. In her role at Bancroft NeuroRehab, she conducts neuropsychological evaluations of individuals with traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia and other neurologic conditions. Additionally, Dr. McGrath assists with program development to advance outpatient neuropsychological assessment and treatment services. Prior to joining Bancroft NeuroRehab, Dr. McGrath was neuropsychology supervisor for the Stroke and Neurologic Disorders Program, Spinal Cord Injury Unit, Amputee Unit, and General Rehabilitation Unit at MossRehab in Philadelphia.
Dr. McGrath completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Arizona State University, followed by a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at The University of Pennsylvania. Dr. McGrath’s clinical work has focused on the assessment and treatment of individuals with neurologic conditions including traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia, anoxic brain injury, encephalopathy, and brain cancer. She has presented at local, national and international conferences on the evaluation of cognition, agitation management, and the importance of social support in recovery from neurologic injury.
Sheryl Berardinelli, Psy.D., ABPP-RP
Dr. Berardinelli is a licensed neuropsychologist who completed her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Widener University. Her dissertation examined the relationship between dementia and depressive symptoms and its effects on verbal memory. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey, providing assessment and interventions to individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Prior to joining Bancroft, Dr. Berardinelli served as the primary psychologist at Moss Rehab’s Neuro Mental Health Clinic. Dr. Berardinelli is a board-certified Rehabilitation Psychologist. She is a board member to the Pennsylvania and Delaware Directors of Training organization, and teaches a graduate psychology course at Widener University.
Kyle Haggerty, Ph.D.
Nicole Schwartz, Psy.D.
Jeremy Schwarzbaum, Psy.D.
Sarah E. West, Ph.D.
Dr. West is an experienced Neuropsychologist who earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale. Fl. She brings to Bancroft NeuroRehab a wide-reaching clinical background and specializes in Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, stroke and brain trauma.
Dr. West’s research has been published in various trade journals, including The Encyclopedia of Neuropsychological Disorders and Brain Injury, among others.
Kathleen Law, BA, CBIST
Janine Yvette Gardner, M.A., CBIS
Program Director, Bancroft NeuroRehab Residential Program
Janine Gardner came to Bancroft in 2008 as a Clinical Case Manager. At the time, she was beginning a Master of Urban Studies (Concentration in Community Development) program and was new to brain injury. Her career path included positions within the mental health field as a counselor for a partial care facility serving people with severe and persistent mental illness and working as a case manager for youth in the juvenile court system. She obtained her master’s degree in 2010 and has remained dedicated to neurorehabilitation. She has co-chaired Bancroft Unplugged in both Southern and Central New Jersey for five years.
Program Director, Bancroft NeuroRehab Residential Program
Michael Heptig, Psy.D.
Dr. Heptig is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist who completed his Master’s and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His dissertation focused on elucidating factors that contribute to the underreporting of mTBIs in high school sports. Prior to joining Bancroft, Dr. Heptig completed a two-year AABN-accredited post-doctoral residency in neuropsychology at a private practice group in Neptune, NJ, where he provided outpatient psychotherapy, biofeedback, cognitive rehabilitation, and neuropsychological examinations to individuals across the lifespan. At Bancroft NeuroRehab, Dr. Heptig treats individuals with a history of TBI and/or other neurological conditions. He also teaches a graduate neuropsychological assessment class at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.