MEET OUR PROVIDERS
The Chicago Center for Cognitive Wellness (CCCW) specializes in treating people affected by neurological changes either personally or in caring for a family member. Given our unique focus, each CCCW provider is hand selected, trained and supervised by Dr. Sherrie All, founder and owner of the practice. Trained as a neuropsychologist, Dr. All founded CCCW in 2012 to provide the “what’s next” after a diagnosis of cognitive decline, filling what she saw as a much needed treatment gap. As Dr. All’s success in treating these unique patients and families has grown, so has her team.
Working together to meet the enormous needs of this broad population, our team of providers brings a detailed understanding of the brain to uniquely address the needs of people working to improve their lives in the face of stroke, TBI, MS, ADHD early dementia, post-neurosurgery, and other related brain declines. Our providers also have a keen interest in working with family members taking care of people with memory problems, who themselves experience high rates of stress and stress-related disease.
Under the direction of Dr. All, each provider works from an integrative approach to deliver the highest quality cutting-edge interventions. Services are tailored to the unique needs of each patient, pulling from a dense toolbox of evidence-based cognitive rehabilitation and psychotherapy interventions.
Sherrie All, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Sherrie All is the founder, owner and director of CCCW. She built the practice out of a passion for teaching people about the brain that influences her approach to training, speaking, writing, and consulting. Dr. All hand-selects each provider for the practice and meets with her team regularly for supervision and training to ensure that each provider is equipped with the most up-to-date and effective interventions for treating this specialized population. Dr. All is also an engaging speaker, consultant and writer on topics of positive neuropsychology and brain health. Her keynote address “Building your Brain’s 401(k)” offers an entertaining way of promoting popular understanding of the scientific theory of cognitive reserve to teach people how to care for their brains.
Dr. All received her PhD in clinical psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science in North Chicago, IL. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and 2-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, where she honed her skills in cognitive rehabilitation, psychotherapy and neuropsychology. Her research has focused on understanding and improving cognition in people with serious mental illness and lowering the risk for age-related cognitive decline.
Steven Bernfeld, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Steven Bernfeld specializes in caring for patients with cognitive decline and their family members and serves as a clinical supervisor in the practice. Dr. Bernfeld enjoys working with people struggling with changes associated with concussion, brain-injury, medical conditions and dementia as well as individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, caregiver stress, grief, and other mood disturbances. Drawing from his considerable experience in providing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to adults of all ages, Dr. Bernfeld’s approach involves helping people learn about the function of their brains and the relationship between their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. While Dr. Bernfeld uses evidence-based treatments to enhance treatment outcomes, he also believes that the most effective interventions are built on trusting relationships wherein people harness the motivation needed to recover by gaining a better understanding of themselves.
Dr. Bernfeld received his PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the William S. Middleton VA Hospital in Madison, WI, and a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL, focusing on work with older adults. He has also received specialized training in cognition and functional neuroanatomy. His research has focused on interventions for people with dementia and their family caregivers as well as psychotherapy effectiveness and access to healthcare for older adult, diverse and underserved populations.
Erica Hymen, MS, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Erica Hymen enjoys working with adults to manage and treat cognitive and mood disorders using cognitive rehabilitation and psychotherapy techniques. Erica approaches each case with a deep enthusiasm for understanding and explaining changes in cognition. She draws on a broad toolbox of evidence-based interventions including manualized cognitive retraining tools as well as cognitive-behavioral (CBT), interpersonal (IPT) and motivational interviewing (MI) techniques. Erica also believes that the most vital aspects of treatment involve cultivating a warm and open therapeutic alliance wherein she and her clients can work together in strengthening cognitive skills, building support networks, and improving functional independence and quality of life.
Erica obtained her Master of Science in clinical counseling from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Her experience includes working as a research assistant for studies of brain function using fMRI, EEG and cognitive assessment techniques at the University of Illinois at Chicago and as a neuropsychology technician in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her work has allowed her to build a unique understanding of how the brain works both under healthy circumstances and in the face of disease or challenge. Erica is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Adler University, concentrating in neuropsychology and rehabilitation from traumatic brain injury and stroke.
Lisa Gibbons, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Lisa Gibbons provides cognitive rehabilitation interventions to children and adults facing cognitive challenges and declines. She has extensive experience in working with patients experiencing a variety of developmental and neurological challenges including AD/HD, learning disabilities, epilepsy, dementia, concussion, stroke, and PTSD. Drawing on her years of expertise as a clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Gibbons works to help patients and their family members understand the function of their brains, and she supports them in developing new strategies to overcome cognitive challenges. Dr. Gibbons incorporates evidence-based treatments into the care of each patient, combining cognitive rehabilitation and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) interventions.
Dr. Gibbons received her PhD in clinical psychology with a concentration in neuropsychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science in North Chicago, IL. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Florida and her 2-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her research has focused on cognitive changes in children and adults in the face of concussion, stroke, hormonal changes and PTSD.
Punam Rahman, PsyD
Dr. Punam Rahman conducts neuropsychological assessment and provides treatment to a diverse range of people affected by neurological disease and injury, specializing in traumatic brain injuries and stroke. Dr. Rahman is passionate about helping patients achieve their optimal level of functioning, compassionately helping them navigate through challenging transitions. Dr. Rahman helps instill adaptive skills for a wide range of mental health and cognitive concerns by combining cognitive-rehabilitation interventions with cognitive-behavioral (CBT) and dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT) approaches. She listens to her patients’ needs and concerns while also working to instill their personal strengths into treatment to ensure her patients receive the most out of their time together. She also believes humor and collaborative teamwork are vital for growth and change. Along with her clinical work, she enjoys doing outreach within the community, supervising graduate students, and volunteering with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the Girls on the Run organization.
Dr. Rahman obtained her Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, concentrating in neuropsychology. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center in New York where she received pioneering training in rehabilitation psychology and neuropsychology and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in neuro-rehabilitation at Weiss Hospital in Chicago.