Dr. Michael Grandis is the founder and co-owner of the Grandis Evaluation Center, P.C. He has been providing assessment services since 1983. He received his Masters Degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1980. Dr. Grandis received his Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology in 1990 from the Cambridge Graduate School of Psychology in Los Angeles, California. A resident of Asheville, NC since 1998, he is licensed in North Carolina as a Psychological Associate (#2157). Dr. Grandis has directed programs for Substance Abuse Treatment for adolescents and young adults and Community Living programs for people with Developmental Disabilities. In Western North Carolina, Dr. Grandis was the lead psychologist for the behavioral unit at the Black Mountain Center. He has worked with local school systems and community agencies providing behavioral consultation, developing client specific treatment plans and assessing vocational and educational needs. Over a span of more than 30 years he has administered mental health evaluations for a wide range of inpatient and outpatient clinical populations. He has also performed forensic assessment for local Departments of Social Services and attorneys seeking input on parenting capacity and other legal matters. In conjunction with these concerns he has served as an expert witness, providing forensic reporting and court testimony.
Joanne Grandis, M.S. is co-owner of the Grandis Evaluation Center, P.C. Although Joanne is no longer actively practicing, she provides Human Resources and statute compliance supports to the GEC. Joanne has worked in the field of psychology since 1984 when she received her Masters Degree in Psychology from California State University at Fullerton. Her early work was in the area of substance abuse treatment before specializing in evaluation services. In Western North Carolina Joanne has worked as a Psychologist for the Division of Prisons and has provided evaluation services for Community Mental Health Agencies, Social Services and local school systems. As a Psychologist for the Asheville Developmental Evaluation Center she was part of an interdisciplinary team of developmental specialists for over 5 years. Her work included diagnostic assessments for Autism and other developmental concerns. Joanne has worked closely with Early Childhood Intervention Services, Specialized Preschool and Community Agencies serving children and their families.
Dr. Rob Durr is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of North Carolina with extensive experience in counseling, consulting, and psychological assessment in a wide variety of settings. Prior to joining Grandis Evaluation Center (GEC), Dr. Durr worked as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Northwestern University’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and was the Principal Owner and Psychologist of his own psychology practice in Evanston, Illinois where he provided psychological assessment, psychotherapy, and crisis intervention services for adolescents and adults. He continues to hold an Instructor status for the School of Law at Northwestern University where he teaches an emotional and social intelligence leadership course for law students.
Dr. Durr has a long history of specializing in psychological assessment. His dissertation focused on the development and initial validation of an evaluation tool designed to measure managerial competence. He has provided psychological services for the state of Colorado’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a Denver-based international business psychology firm, the National Center for Intermodal Transportation (NCIT), numerous law and health care organizations, and the Health and Counseling Center (HCC) at the University of Denver. He has authored multiple papers on measuring various aspects of development and psychological health. He is also a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and affiliate of Division 17, Society of Counseling Psychology, and Division 13, Society of Consulting Psychology, and he is the Co-Chair of the Organizational Counseling Psychology Special Interest Group (SIG), a group of the Society of Counseling Psychology. Dr. Durr completed his Pre-doctoral Internship and Post-doctoral Fellowship for his clinical training at Northwestern University before staying on as a Psychologist. Dr. Durr earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver and a Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Arizona State University.
Rich Johnston is a Licensed Psychological Associate (#1866) who earned his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Appalachian State University in 1990. He has over twenty years’ experience working in a variety of settings, with seven of those years devoted exclusively to conducting psychological evaluations with juvenile court-involved adolescents and families. He has provided a range of psychological services within inpatient psychiatric settings and outpatient clinics and also designed, implemented and provided clinical oversight for a therapeutic foster care program. For seven years he worked with severe and persistent mentally ill adults in both clinical and administrative positions, the last three as Clinical Director for a mental health service provider agency in which he played a central role in its successful transition into a CABHA. He is very familiar with the mental health service delivery system in North Carolina and applies this experience to the process of effectively addressing the referral issues presented at Grandis Evaluation Center, P.C.
Dr. Don Salmon has been conducting evaluations for a wide variety of individuals – including pre-school children, police officers, intellectually disabled adults, war veterans, and disability applicants, among others – for over 20 years. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Long Island University in 1999. He is a licensed psychologist (#4904) in the State of North Carolina. In New York he had designed behavior plans and therapy programs for developmentally disabled adults, while also creating and directing training programs for staff to incorporate arts in the classroom. Since coming to North Carolina he had been a psychotherapist in private practice seeing clients with varied psychological concerns, incorporating mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and other clinical modalities. For twenty years prior to becoming a psychologist, Dr. Salmon had performed as a musician in New York City in conjunction with fellow musicians, actors and dancers.
Dr. Monisha Berkowski is a Licensed Psychologist (#5144) in the state of North Carolina. She received her MA and Ph.D. from the University of Detroit, Mercy. She completed her APA-accredited internship at Broughton Hospital, a state psychiatric hospital in western North Carolina. Dr. Berkowski specializes in the assessment and treatment of people with serious and persistent mental illness and severe personality disorders. She has a wide variety of experience in psychological assessment, including diagnostic evaluations, personality assessment, psychoeducational testing, neuropsychological screening, and violence risk assessment. Dr. Berkowski has previously published research in the area of childhood trauma. Outside of her job, she enjoys hiking, cooking, backpacking through Latin America, and spoiling her dogs.
Christine Joura graduated from Katherine Gibbs Business School in Manhattan. She worked as an Administrative Assistant at CBS television and Columbia records in New York City. While in New York she had also worked with younger children at Merrricats Castle Preschool. She started her Van Dough Productions business in 1980, creating jewelry and ornaments, sold to shops and galleries and featured in two issues of McCall’s magazine. She is a long-term member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild having been juried-in in 1989 for jewelry. Christine has been the Office Manager at the Grandis Evaluation Center since 2008 providing intake coordination, insurance review, scheduling and direct interaction with clients and their families. She also provides outreach to the many referring entities associated with the Grandis Evaluation Center, P.C., including physician offices, mental health agencies, the Department of Social Services, School Systems and individual practitioners. Christine has been an integral person in the development and success of the GEC as she looks forward to her continued work with the families we serve.