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The BCAT® Research Center was founded in 2006 by Dr. William Mansbach.  The initial purpose was to create a unique multifactorial cognitive test that was psychometrically vigorous, that could be proficiently used by clinicians from diverse clinical backgrounds, could be reliably used in any clinical or residential setting, and could predict both cognitive status and ADL/IADL functioning.  Recognizing that the available cognitive screening tools were relatively weak on predicting applied memory, executive functions, and instrumental ADL skills, and that broader neuropsychological batteries were time intensive and often not accessible, Dr. Mansbach’s goal was to create a cognitive test that would redress these issues.  After five years of research, the first BCAT® test was completed and scientifically validated in 2012.  It continues to be a superior one-of-a-kind cognitive test, used across the U.S. healthcare system and internationally.  It is the foundation tool for the suite of BCAT® Tests and Interventions actively used in healthcare, senior living, and home care today.

The BCAT® Approach

The BCAT® Approach is a unique applied concept for assessing and working with people who have memory and other cognitive impairments. It is designed for any clinical and residential setting in which cognitive functioning and cognitive impairment is a central issue. The BCAT® Approach integrates three systems: The BCAT® Test System, the BCAT® Interventions (the BCAT® Online Brain Rehabilitation Modules, the BCAT® Working Memory Exercise Books, the MemPics® Book Series, MemPics® Grab 'N Go, and the 3D Behavior Management Program), and the ENRICH® Brain Health Program.  All programs are person-centered and used by healthcare professionals, facilities, patients, caregivers, and other stakeholders.

All BCAT® Tests, Interventions, and brain health programs have been validated by science, both at our Research Center and by other researchers.  The BCAT® Research Center is a multidisciplinary group of researchers and clinicians dedicated to the study and treatment of memory disorders.

MEET THE TEAM

WILLIAM MANSBACH, PHD Founder & CEO

Dr. William Mansbach is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mansbach Health Tools, LLC which supports the BCAT® Research Center.  He is also the Chief Executive Officer and President of CounterPoint Health Services, a multi-disciplinary behavioral healthcare company specializing in geriatrics and dementia care.  For many years, he was the Chief Operating Officer 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 an international reputation as a researcher, clinician, and consultant in the aging field.  He was a pioneer in the development of memory clinics and is the creator of the BCAT® and ENRICH® Systems, which integrate cognitive tests, interventions, and dementia prevention programs. He is the co-author of the award-winning book, Brain Health as You Age: A Practical Guide to Maintenance and Prevention.  Dr. Mansbach’s most recent peer-reviewed articles can be found on the BCAT® Research Center page.

COLLEEN MANSBACH, PHD Director of Applied Research

Dr. Colleen Mansbach is the Director of Applied Research at the BCAT® Research Center.  Her doctoral degree and work is in biopsychology with an emphasis in neuroscience.  She is the co-creator of the ENRICH® program which is designed to mitigate the risk of dementia and promote positive brain health. 

Dr. Mansbach is a co-author of BCAT® Working Memory Exercise Book – Home Edition, as well as the MemPics® meaningful engagement book series.

KRISTEN CLARK, C-SWCM Senior Vice President

Kristen Clark is the Senior Vice President Mansbach Health Tools, LLC. She has been an integral team member collaborating in business development, customer relationships, and research protocols. She has over 25 years of experience in a variety of healthcare administrative and operational roles.  Kristen has a particular expertise in 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. Kristen is a co-author of BCAT® Working Memory Exercise Book – Professional Edition.

ERIN KNOEPFEL, MS, CCC-SLP Director of Strategic Integration

Erin Knoepfel MS, CCC-SLP is Director of Strategic Integration at Mansbach Health Tools, LLC, which supports the BCAT® Approach.

Erin is experienced and utilizes her skills in program and curriculum development, implementation strategies and project management for full integration of the BCAT® Approach in all locations where older adults reside. Prior to joining Mansbach Health Tools, LLC, Erin was Vice President of Clinical Services for one of the nation’s largest contract rehab companies, working to develop the infrastructure to ensure top of license practice in both speech language pathology and respiratory therapy services in a value-based care delivery system. She has taught many courses at the graduate level in the area of Speech Language Pathology practice, has presented clinical and operational topics at the regional, state and national levels, and currently sits on the editorial review board for the Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation journal.

Erin has co-authored articles related to healthcare policy and its impact on care delivery and has co-created MemPics® Grab ‘N Go with Dr. Mansbach, which is a resource for center staff and rehabilitation clinicians to provide group activities for meaningful engagement and cognitive enhancement to aging adults.

MELISSA TANNER, PHD Program Manager

Dr. Tanner is very active as a researcher and educator or BCAT®.  She has published research on cognitive assessment and cognitive interventions.  She is also the Director of Education and Analytics for CounterPoint Health Services.

After earning degrees of distinction in psychology from Harvard University and American University, Dr. Tanner joined CounterPoint. As an original member of the company, Dr. Tanner has helped solidify the company’s commitment to evidence-based care, through development and validation of regularly used assessment tools and dissemination of materials to staff and facility partners outlining advancements in the field of geriatrics.

In her role as Director of Education and Analytics, Dr. Tanner frequently creates and provides trainings to facility staffs and CounterPoint providers on a variety of topics, ranging from management of difficult behaviors to trauma-informed care.

FRANCIS SCHINDLER, PHD Neuropsychology Consultant

Dr. Schindler is on the BCAT® Research Center faculty and actively participates in BCAT® research. He is also the Vice-President of Behavioral Health Services for CounterPoint Health Services, responsible for all clinical services delivered by CounterPoint’s psychologists & clinical social workers.  He received his doctoral degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. 

In over 45 years of practice, Dr. Schindler has extensive experience in community mental health, inpatient psychiatric care, neurocognitive assessment, & developmental psychology.  He has focused on the integration of psychological services with the treatment of various chronic medical illnesses, with particular emphasis on the dementias.

BOBBI DUFFY, CRNP-PMH BC Psychiatry Consultant

As a key member of the BCAT® team, Bobbi takes a leadership role in outreach to the professional community. Bobbi also is the Vice President of Clinical Operations and Director of Psychiatry Services for CounterPoint Health Services. Bobbi has been both board-certified as a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Psychotherapist since 2007. She has over 25 years of experience in delivering, overseeing, and development of geriatric specialty programs.

Bobbi is seen as an expert in both Geriatric Psychiatry and Challenging Behaviors of Dementia and has presented on these topics in over 50 cities. Bobbi has held many influential positions in the geriatric healthcare including Regional Manager, Clinical Director, Director of Sales and CEO.

RYAN MACE, MS Statistical and Research Consultant

Ryan Mace has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland and a M.S. Clinical Psychology at Suffolk University. As a Statistical and Research Consultant for the BCAT® Research Center, he analyzes psychometric data to validate the BCAT® Test System.

He also supports research on BCAT® Interventions to improve dementia care. Ryan’s BCAT® research draws from his experience providing evidence-based psychotherapy for adults facing chronic conditions and comorbid mental illness.

ALI BREDEN Research Assistant Ali Breden the lead Research Assistant for Mansbach Health Tools, LLC.  Ali has the dual role of research assistant for the BCAT® and applied beta tester of BCAT® Interventions.