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Philip Sarff, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Sarff graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He completed his internship in Clinical Psychology through the University of Minnesota Psychology Internship Consortium in 1991. His primary areas of interest and expertise are psychological assessment, clinical neuropsychology, brain injury rehabilitation, and treatment of behavioral problems associated with brain injury.

    Curriculum Vitae
    • EDUCATION

    Fuller Theological Seminary, Graduate School of Psychology
    Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (1997)
    M.A. Degree (6/90) – Theology

    Iowa State University
    B.S. Degree (5/85) – Major: Psychology, Minor: Mathematics

    Waldorf College
    A.A. Degree (5/82) – business/math emphasis

    • EMPLOYMENT

    Gary L. Fischler and Associates, PA

    Private Forensic/Consulting Practice, Minneapolis, MN

    1/92 – present
    Psychologist
    Conduct vocationally- oriented and clinically- oriented psychological and neuropsychological evaluations.

    Healtheast Bethesda Lutheran and Rehabilitation Center

    Saint Paul, MN
    12/91 – 10/96
    Neuropsychologist
    Coordinated neuropsychological assessment service within a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation hospital setting. Conducted neuropsychological evaluations. Provided inpatient and outpatient psychological services for patients with brain injuries and behavioral control problems. Supervised graduate-level practicum students. Conducted neurobehavioral research.

    Center for Aging Resources

    Pasadena, CA

    6/89 – 7/90
    Business Coordinator. Coordinated business operations for four geriatric clinics.

    Crime Resistance Involvement Council

    Pasadena, CA

    4/86 – 6/89
    Research/Administrative Trainee, Data Coordinator. Coordinated data collection and analysis for program evaluation and technical assistance purposes.

    Casa De Madera of Pasa Alta Manor

    Altadena, CA

    11/85 – 6/87
    House Manager for developmentally disabled adults.

    University of Minnesota Psychology Internship Consortium

    Minneapolis, MN

    9/90 – 8/91
    Clinical Psychology Intern. Rotations at North Memorial Hospital and Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

    Huntington Memorial Hospital

    Pasadena, CA

    6/89 – 8/90
    Medical Psychology Intern (paid position). Administer neuropsychological assessments on an acute rehabilitation unit, including integrated reports.

    Kaiser Mental Health Center

    Los Angeles, CA

    6/88 – 6/89
    Clinical Psychology Clerk. Conducted diagnostic psychological assessments including integrated reports.

    Child Development Clinic
    Pasadena, CA
    9/87 – 6/88
    Clinical Psychology Practicum Student. Conducted outpatient child psychotherapy.

    Community Assistance Program for Seniors
    Pasadena, CA
    9/86 – 6/87
    Clinical Psychology Practicum Student. Co-facilitate group day care program, conduct individual psychotherapy.

    • LICENSES

    Licensed Psychologist in Minnesota
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    • PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

    Fitz, A.G., Conrad, P.M., Hom, B.L., Sarff, P., Majovski, L.M. (1989). Hooper Visual Organization Test performance in lateralized brain injury. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology.

    Tan, S.Y. & Sarff, P. (1988). Comprehensive evaluation of lay counselor training program in a local church. Invited paper presented at International Congress on Christian Counseling, Lay Counseling Track, 11/10/88, Atlanta, GA.

    Gillespie, R., Ormiston, C., Sarff, P. (1994). Analysis of treatment outcomes for brain-injured patients in intensive inpatient neurobehavioral treatment. Post presented at the 1st annual meeting of the American Society of Neurorehabilitation, Minneapolis, MN.

    Gillespie, R., Sarff, P., Ormiston, C., Hudson, R. (1995). Comparative analysis of treatment progress for survivors of closed head injury, stroke, and anoxic encephalopathy. Research report presented at the 14th annual national symposium of the National Brain Injury Association, San Diego, CA, December 3-5, 1995.

    Gillespie, R., Sarff, P., Ormiston, C., Hudson, R. (1995). Effectiveness of inpatient neurobehavioral rehabilitation returning survivors of severe brain injury to the community. Poster presented at the 14th annual national symposium of the National Brain Injury Association, San Diego, CA, December 3-5, 1995.

    Gillespie, R., Sevenich, R., Sarff, P., Karol, R., Hudson, R. (1996). Neurobehavioral rehabilitation and community reintegration of survivors of acquired brain injury. Forum presented at the 4th annual conference of the Providers Advisory Committee of the Brain Injury Association of Iowa. Des Moines, IA, March 13, 1996.

    Sarff, P. (1998). Using psychological assessment in vocational rehabilitation: An overview for vocational rehabilitation counselors. Invited presentation for the Minnesota Rehabilitation Association’s Fall 1998 Training Pre-Conference Training.