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Neuropsychological Associates Of Southwest Missouri, P.C.
4350 South National Avenue, Suite B-116
Springfield, Missouri
Mon 8:00 am - 5:00 pm  
Tue 8:00 am - 5:00 pm  
Wed 8:00 am - 5:00 pm  
Thu 8:00 am - 5:00 pm  
Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm  


Dr. Halfaker is a licensed psychologist who lives and works in the Springfield, Missouri area. He attended the University of Missouri at Columbia where he obtained his master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1988 and as part of his doctoral training served a pre-doctoral internship at the John L. McClellan Veterans Administration Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Upon entering the field, he was employed at a Traumatic Brain Injury rehabilitation facility, Timber Ridge Ranch, in Benton, Arkansas, just outside of Little Rock, Arkansas. When he left Timber Ridge Ranch to return home to Missouri, his position was Director of Clinical Services. He then was employed with Cox Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri and served in various positions treating a wide variety of patients with work-related injuries with Cox’s Work Injury Rehabilitation Center, was coordinator of the Springfield Headache Clinic treating patients with varying headache disorders, was program coordinator/neuropsychologist for the Cox Health Systems Regional Center for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Outpatient Brain Injury Day Treatment Program, and continued his general duties fielding both outpatient and inpatient neuropsychological consults from the hospital’s physician group. In 1995, Dr. Halfaker entered full time private with Neuropsychological Associates of Southwest Missouri, P.C. and is the principal owner of that practice. He maintains a full-time, outpatient clinical practice with a primary focus on assessment of persons who have sustained injuries of various sorts. He has over 25 years of experience in working with people who have had injuries in accidents or the job along with acquired conditions such as cerebrovascular accidents/disease and dementia. He understands and is gifted in the evaluation and treatment of persons with chronic, long-term, debilitating problems and injuries/conditions. Typical patients who see Dr. Halfaker are those with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), concussion, Postconcussion Syndrome (PCS), sports injuries, Spinal Cord Injury, burns, amputations, back injuries, chronic pain (e.g., low back pain, headaches, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, neuropathies, arthritis, reflex sympathetic dystrophy or complex regional pain syndrome, etc.), depression, anxiety, panic attacks, natural disasters, gunshot wounds, assaults and violent attacks, military-related trauma, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as other psychological conditions that arise as a result of or attendant to physical injury. Dr. Halfaker has gained broad exposure and experience in working with patients referred by a wide variety of sources that include neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, occupational medicine, neurology, psychiatry, internal medicine, primary care, rehabilitation nurses, case managers, life care planners, state (Missouri and Arkansas) and federal vocational rehabilitation agencies (Veterans Administration Vocational Rehabilitation), Social Security Administration disability determinations, Veterans Administration (VA), active military (Department of Defense), schools, colleges, universities, churches, attorneys, judges and courts, workers’ compensation carriers, insurance companies, and insurance company adjusters and representatives. This patient population brings him into the medico-legal context sometimes as a treating psychologist while at others times as a hired or retained expert. He is accustomed to dealing with neuropsychological/psychological issues associated with explaining the nature of injury, psychological ramifications of injury, the assessment process, residual impairment/disability concepts, necessary treatment, and anticipated long-term outcome or prognosis. He is comfortable and familiar with working both in workers’ compensation and personal injury settings and provides psychological disability ratings.