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Dr. Rob Godsall

Director of the Outpatient Division of the Department

Neurorehabilitation Psychology

Neurorehabilitation Psychology

Background Information

Employment History

Chairman

Shepherd Center Inc

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Shepherd Center Inc

Coordinator of Neuropsychological Services for the Outpatient Clinic

Shepherd Center Inc

Coordinator of Neuropsychological Services

MS Institute at Shepherd

Clinical Neuropsychologist

MS Institute of Shepherd Center

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Inc

Vice President

Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia

Affiliations

Professional Advisory Board Chair
Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia

Education

Ph.D.

Institute of Shepherd Center

doctorate
clinical psychology
Georgia State University

doctorate
Clinical Psychology
Georgia State University Department of Psychology

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Rob Godsall, ...

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Rob Godsall, Ph.D.

Rob Godsall, Ph.D., has been part of the Shepherd Center team since 1997 and is now the Director of the Outpatient Division of the Department of Neurorehabilitation Psychology for outpatient clinics and the Andrew C. Carlos MS Institute of Shepherd Center. Dr. Godsall received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Georgia State University, where his specialty interests were clinical neuropsychology and family systems therapy. Dr. Godsall completed his clinical internship at the Center for Behavioral Medicine of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, where he completed rotations in forensic psychology and neuropsychology. He then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology in the behavioral neurology section of the neurology department at the Emory School of Medicine. Along with his work in neuropsychology, Dr. Godsall continues to pursue his interests in the impact of family systems on the course of neurological disorders.


Board of Directors and Executive Committee - Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia

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Robert Godsall, PhD Shepherd Center Professional Advisory Board Chair

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Rob Godsall, Ph.D. - Chairman, Shepherd Center


HealthTecDL - Distance Learning for Georgia Health Nonprofits | Healthcare Distance (DL) Learning Tools

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Dr. Robert Godsall, the Coordinator of Neuropsychological services for the Outpatient Clinic at the Shepherd Center, will describe the psychosocial aspects of Multiple Sclerosis. He will discuss the symptoms of common complications including: cognition, depression, and coping. Dr. Godsall will outline treatment options that provide relief in many individuals.


Multiple Sclerosis Doctors | Shepherd Center MS Staff

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Robert Godsall, Ph.D., has been part of Shepherd Center since 1997 and is the coordinator of Neuropsychological Services for the MS Institute at Shepherd. He also facilitates the monthly MS support group meetings at Shepherd Center. Godsall received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Georgia State University Department of Psychology, where his specialty interests were Clinical Neuropsychology and Family Systems Therapy. Following completion of his clinical internship, where he completed major rotations in Forensic Psychology and Neuropsychology, Godsall completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology in the Behavioral Neurology Section of the Neurology Department at the Emory School of Medicine. Along with his work in neuropsychology, Godsall continues to pursue his interests in the impact of family systems on the course of neurological disorders.


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March 7, 2007 Teleconference with Dr. Robert Godsall

Operator: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.
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Tonight we'll be speaking about MS and your emotions with Dr. Robert Godsall. Robert Godsall, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist at the MS Institute of Shepherd Center.
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Robert Godsall: Sure, Chris, I'll be glad to do that.
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Robert Godsall: Hi (Jeanette).
(Jeanette): Hi. Thank you for putting this on. I really appreciate it.
My question with depression, is - have you ever seen patients who just absolutely don't respond to the therapies that are out there, the different medications and things?
Robert Godsall: There are a subset of patients who have difficulties, persistent difficulties and do not seem to respond well to the more I guess traditional or more commonly used treatments, particularly in regards to medication.
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Robert Godsall: You are. Welcome (Janine).
(Janine): Okay.
What you described in the beginning about the (phases) of depression and stuff like that, it was totally me. From the time I learned about it in 1992, I've had it like since I was 18 and I (unintelligible)...
Robert Godsall: Your depression or the MS?
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Robert Godsall: (Okay).
(Janine): ...the depression as well.
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Robert Godsall: Well, first of all, I'd like to know, are you on any medication for your depression?
(Janine): Yes.
Robert Godsall: Okay.
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Robert Godsall: Have you been in any kind of counseling?
(Janine): Yeah, I've gone through a number of therapists until I found the one I liked. And...
Robert Godsall: Okay.
(Janine): ...she's absolutely wonderful. And I - and actually she was recommended to me by my psychotherapist because he is just incredible and helped me a lot.
But, you know, (it was) the insurance company wouldn't pay for a lot of the, you know, a lot of sessions. So I just decided I could see him for medications and then go to my therapist. So that worked out well, thankfully.
Robert Godsall: Okay, good.
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Robert Godsall: (Ah) okay, so...
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Robert Godsall: So it was there before the MS was present? Was it before - it was there before you were diagnosed?
(Janine): No, I was very happy at that point and...
Robert Godsall: (Oh) okay.
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Robert Godsall: (Mm-hm).
(Janine): And that's what worries me. Is my whole life just going to be a big ball of depression and just reliving the same moment over and over, you know?
Robert Godsall: (Mm-hm).
Well, I would say likely no, I don't think it has to be that way.
(Janine): (Okay).
Robert Godsall: I would encourage you to keep working in the psychotherapy. How long have you been with this - the psychotherapist now who's been so wonderful for you?
(Janine): I think (it's) about a year and a half.
Robert Godsall: Okay.
(Janine): And my therapist I just started with I think in September perhaps, last September, or August.
Robert Godsall: Okay, so you have two psychotherapists?
(Janine): No.
I have a psychotherapist who prescribes (unintelligible)...
Robert Godsall: Okay, so you have a psychiatrist who prescribes your medication?
(Janine): Yes.
Robert Godsall: Okay.
(Janine): And then I have a therapist who just is an LCSW. And I talk to her every Monday at 1:00.
Robert Godsall: Okay, good. Good.
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Robert Godsall: Okay.
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Robert Godsall: Good.
Because a therapeutic relationship is like any other relationship.
(Janine): (Mm-hm).
Robert Godsall: Some work, some don't.
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Robert Godsall: (Mm-hm). Okay, good.
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Robert Godsall: Okay?
Because having a good relationship within the therapeutic relationship is probably the single most important aspect of the therapy.
(Janine): (Oh) definitely.
Robert Godsall: And it sounds like you've connected with this person very well.
(Janine): Very well, yeah.
Robert Godsall: Okay? So I...
(Janine): Thank you so much for the call.
Robert Godsall: Okay.
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Robert Godsall: Hi (Jennifer). How are you?
(Jennifer): I'm fine, thanks.
Robert Godsall: Good.
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Robert Godsall: When you say medication, are you talking about the antidepressant medication or the therapy for your MS?
(Jennifer): I'm talking about the therapy for my MS.
Robert Godsall: Okay.
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Robert Godsall: (Okay).
(Jennifer): ...which I assume is contributing to more depression.
Robert Godsall: And that may very well be.
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Robert Godsall: And you don't feel like you're getting any benefit from it?
(Jennifer): Well, I've been on different ones.
Robert Godsall: Okay.
Over that two year period? Or are you still on the same one?
(Jennifer): No, over that two-year period I've been on different ones.
Robert Godsall: Okay.
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Robert Godsall: Again, I think that's a very individual response.
(Jennifer): Okay.
Robert Godsall: I don't think you can necessarily say, you know, that a certain kind of person is going to respond to, you know, one of the therapies differently or consistently across all different kinds of people.
(Jennifer): Okay.
Robert Godsall: That's why I'm saying I think your best bet is going to be to work with your MS specialist on this until you find the therapy combination, the medication combination that works best for you.
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Robert Godsall: Okay.
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Robert Godsall: So I'm glad that you're going to see your psychiatrist for the medication management.
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Robert Godsall: Okay?
(Jennifer): Thank you.
Robert Godsall: Okay. Have a good evening.
(Jennifer): Thank you, you too.
Robert Godsall: (Mm-hm).
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Robert Godsall: Hey (David).
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Robert Godsall: How are you?
(David): I'm actually wonderful.
Robert Godsall: Well good.
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Robert Godsall: (Mm-hm).
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Robert Godsall: (Mm-hm).
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Robert Godsall: Good.
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Robert Godsall: It's not the be-all, end-all.
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Robert Godsall: (Mm-hm).
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Robert Godsall: (Mm-hm).
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Robert Godsall: (Right, right).
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Robert Godsall: Right.
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Robert Godsall: (Well, and) I realize that for folks with MS that walking may not be an appropriate thing to do. On the other hand, the reason why I say walking is that the exercise doesn't have to be anything fancy.
(David): (Mm-hm).
Robert Godsall: It does not have to be extravagant. And certainly getting into a pool and just engaging in that kind of exercise, you're absolutely right on that.
(David): Can I say one other thing?
Robert Godsall: Sure.
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Robert Godsall: (Mm-hm).
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Robert Godsall: Absolutely.
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Robert Godsall: Hi (Isabelle).
(Isabelle): The caller that just called, that was a great call because exercise did help me.
But now the diagnosis was secondary progressive. And I believe that I am depressed.
Robert Godsall: Okay.
(Isabelle): I'm taking something called Aleve I think? Not Aleve.
Robert Godsall: Elavil?
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Robert Godsall: Really?
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Robert Godsall: Okay.
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Robert Godsall: ...for other things?
(Isabelle): ...(unintelligible) I really don't know where I'm at in the depression because I'm not sure, but I've been doing a whole lot of crying lately. And I went to the doctor, the one that told me I had secondary - had progressive. And the assistant said to me that that's a symptom of MS, the crying all the time. That could be MS.
Robert Godsall: There is such a thing in MS. It's - I mean, it's certainly emotional ability.
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Robert Godsall: ...you may need an antidepressant medication such as one of the what they call SSRIs or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors that may be helpful in stabilizing your mood during the day, giving you some energy so that you can return to the activities you were doing earlier.
(Isabelle): Yeah.
Because when I first - when I got this diagnosis, it seemed lik

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