BCAT Faculty

BCAT Faculty
Text size: A A A

William Mansbach, PhD

Dr. Mansbach is the founder and CEO of Mansbach Health Tools LLC, which supports the BCAT Approach.  He is also the CEO and President of CounterPoint Health Services, a multi-disciplinary behavioral healthcare company specializing in geriatrics.  For many years, he was the COO of the largest geriatric behavioral healthcare company in the U.S. specializing in long-term care.  Prior to this, he was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Comprehensive Geriatric Services, a Maryland-based company providing mental health services to residents in long-term care settings.  Dr. Mansbach has a national reputation as a clinician and consultant in the aging field.  He has been a pioneer in the development of Memory Clinics, and is the creator of the BCAT® system, a series of cognitive tests and intervention strategies.  He has published and presented numerous articles and workshops on geriatric mental health and cognitive assessment, and is active in creating healthcare policy.  Dr. Mansbach sits on the Maryland Governor’s Alzheimer’s Disease Council.

 

Kristen Clark, C-SWCM

Kristen Clark is the Senior Vice President of Mansbach Health Tools, LLC, which supports the BCAT Approach. She coordinates BCAT training programs and collaborates on clinical research. She has 19 years of Long-Term Care administrative experience with particular expertise on regulatory issues and new market integration. For many years, she served in a senior operational role for one of the largest behavioral health care companies in the United States.  She has also been responsible for development and services integration in new markets. 

Kevin Lawlor, PsyD

Dr. Lawlor is a clinical psychologist with a specialty in health psychology and behavioral medicine. He received his education at the University of Pennsylvania and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He has worked as a clinician and Director for many years in the long-term care industry. As Behavioral Services Director, he hired, trained and supervised psychologists providing geriatric mental health care in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Dr. Lawlor is currently a senior clinician with CounterPoint Health Services in Maryland. His clinical work focuses on the assessment of cognitive functioning, particularly in rehabilitation settings, as well as nonpharmacological interventions for behavioral problems associated with cognitive loss.

Christina Haussener, OTR/L

Christina Haussener received her BS in Therapeutic Recreation from Houghton College in 1999 and her MS in Occupational Therapy (OT) from Towson University in 2003. She has been an OT for 11 years with 8 years of management and 7 years of multi-site management experience. Christina specializes in geriatrics dementia care, and physical agent modalities. As a member of the BCAT faculty, she is responsible for educational programs and outreach to OTs, PTs, and SLPs. She is currently a staff Occupational Therapist with Gentiva Home Health and was previously a Rehab Director for Genesis Rehabilitation, managing multiple outpatient sites from 2007-2015. She is a certified Train the trainer in Dementia Care and Mental Health through The Alzheimer's Association.

Frank Schindler, PhD

Dr. Schindler is a clinical psychologist specializing in the evaluation & care of older adults.  He received his doctoral degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and has a wide range of experience in community mental health, neurocognitive assessment, & developmental psychology.  He has focused on the integration of psychotherapeutic intervention in the treatment of chronic medical illness, with particular emphasis on the dementias.  He is currently Vice President of Clinical Services for CounterPoint Health Services, where he has multiple responsibilities, including the hiring, training, & supervision of clinical staff, and the development of innovative approaches to cognitive assessment, memory & dementia care.

Ryan Mace

Ryan Mace is the Research and Clinical Technician of Mansbach Health Tools LLC, which supports the BCAT. He received his BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2013 and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in clinical psychology at Suffolk University. As a member of the BCAT faculty, he collects and analyzes data for the ongoing BCAT Research Center studies.

Melissa Tanner, PhD

Dr. Tanner is a clinical psychologist specializing in the integration of assessment with clinical practice. She received her BA in psychology from Harvard University in 2003 and her PhD in clinical psychology from American University in 2011. Her doctoral research involved the exploration of the effects of meditation and other behavioral approaches on mood, cognition, and physical health variables.  As a BCAT faculty member, she is taking a leading role in the development of a verbal practical judgment instrument. Dr. Tanner balances her role as BCAT faculty member with that of CounterPoint Health Services clinician. In her role as clinician, she uses cognitive assessment to effectively cater psychological interventions to patients in rehabilitation and long-term care settings and to help facilities make treatment planning decisions.