Janet P. Niemeier, Ph.D., ABPP (RP)

Dr. Jan Niemeier completed her Masters and Ph.D. in Clinical/Counseling Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia. She later specialized in neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology, and was board certified in Rehabilitation Psychology in 2003. She completed a Fellowship in Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA from 2009 to 2010. 

Dr. Niemeier’s clinical experiences and research activities have primarily focused on treatments, particularly for persons with anxiety, mood, grief-related, and pain disorders as well as for those adjusting to disabilities. She has received national awards for her innovative neurobehavioral and cognitive behavioral interventions. She developed and tested the “Lighthouse Strategy (LHS),” a three-session mental imagery/cognitive behavior strategy to improve post-stroke or TBI visual inattention or neglect. The Lighthouse Strategy is now a rehabilitation practice standard for improvement of neglect and part of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine bi-annual cognitive rehabilitation training.

Dr. Niemeier’s clinical goals include assisting patients in improving their self-efficacy, health self-management, and quality of life. She has expertise in psychotherapy and assessment including with persons who have traumatic brain injury, concussion, functional neurological disorders, ADHD, and stroke. Dr. Niemeier’s research has been funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state, foundations, and private industry for more than 20 years. She has over 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, books, and treatment manuals. She has held leadership positions with hospital neuropsychology clinics, as Director of Research in academic and private hospital settings, and offices in national professional organizations.

Dr. Niemeier has served as a consultant for NIDILRR, NIH/NICHD, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Secretary of the Veteran’s Administration Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special Disabilities Programs.

Sample Publications:


A randomized controlled pilot study of a manualized intervention for caregivers of patients with traumatic brain injury in inpatient rehabilitation.

Factors increasing the risk of suicide after traumatic brain injury: a state-of-the-science review of military and civilian studies.

An evidence-based review of cognitive and behavioral rehabilitation treatment studies in children with acquired brain injury.