Dr. Brandi Buchanan is a board-certified Psychologist and Master of Divinity who specializes in Neuropsychology.
With an extensive background working with patients living with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and the cognitive deficits that often accompany them, Dr. Buchanan is uniquely familiar with the myriad ways injuries to the brain and the nervous system affect not only a patient’s health and quality of life, but their behaviors, understanding, and awareness of what’s happening around them.
Her highly specialized experience working alongside physicians, nursing staff, and therapists provides valuable insight into the physical, cognitive, psychological, and social changes associated with a patient’s traumatic brain injury and how this affects the approach and success of their rehabilitation treatment plan.
Dr. Buchanan received her undergraduate degree in Behavioral Studies from East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, TX, and her Master’s of Divinity in Theology from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in Waco, TX. She went on to receive her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN.
After completing predoctoral internships and a postdoctoral fellowship in private practices throughout the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex, she began her own practice as a clinical neuropsychologist specializing in traumatic brain injury cases. As the Owner and Lead Clinical Neuropsychologist of Dallas Neuropsychology, she routinely conducts neuropsychological evaluations for children-to-geriatric populations suffering from traumatic brain injury and memory decline/dementia.
She also has privileges at Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville to consult with all of the hospital’s inpatient rehab patients, as well as many others in the ICU, neonatal unit, behavioral health wing and telemedicine wings. In addition, she is contracted by Exam Works and Cognet Rehab Solutions, both large networks of doctors and rehabilitation specialists who focus on TBI patients experiencing a wide range of deficits, to review independent medical examinations, and consult on, and testify for, worker’s comp, disability, personal injury, car accident, and slip-and-fall cases.
She is thrilled to bring her knowledge and expertise to the staff and patients of Med Injury Rehab.
Dr. Buchanan is licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists; she is a member of the American Psychological Association, Clinical Neurology Division; and she is a longstanding member of Psi Chi International Honor Society.
She is also a sought-after public speaker on a variety of topics related to understanding brain disease and injury, dementia, and other cognitive disorders.
Optimind Neuroscience Conference March 2018 Austin, Texas Guest speaker for a conference as the dementia and TBI expert; Presentation title: “We are our memories: Understanding brain disease and injury & Utilizing interventions to prevent them.”
Spina Bifida Association of North Texas Education Day February 2018 McKinney, Texas Guest speaker to discuss neuropsychology and the benefits it offers to persons with spina bifida; Presentation title: “Neuropsychology and the Psychological Aspects of Spina Bifida”
LakePointe/Beacon Harbor Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center 2014 Spoke to residents and families of residents on stress and stress management
The Ludden Group 2014 Co-led a training on the DSM5 with Dr. Stephen Chock for the practice
Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Rockwall 2014 Spoke to cancer patients and their families entitled “Perspective is Everything: Dealing with the stress of cancer”
LakePointe/Beacon Harbor Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center 2013 Spoke to staff and family of residents about validation therapy for residents with Dementia
Royse City Health and Rehabilitation Center 2013 Spoke on Alzheimer’s Disorder and ways to deal with combative patients for a CEU luncheon for the staff