A Community Collaboration Between IU Health and St. Vincent

Research Team

Summer Ibarra, PhD

Summer Ibarra, PhD is a Rehabilitation Psychologist at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana’s comprehensive outpatient brain injury NeuroRehabilitation Center. She received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University and completed her internship in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Her clinical time is divided between the departments of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology and Resource Facilitation. Her role in the department of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology includes neuropsychological assessment and intervention for individuals affected by brain injury, including individual, family and group psychoeducational and psychotherapy services. As part of the Resource Facilitation department, Dr. Ibarra serves as the Associate Director and clinical supervisor for staff working with individuals with brain injuries that are working toward achieving their vocational goals. In addition to these clinical and administrative duties, Dr. Ibarra is also heavily involved in research activities including serving as co-investigator on several grant-funded studies and projects. She is co-developer and co-author, with Dr. Samantha Backhaus, of the evidence-based manaulized group intervention, titled Brain Injury Coping Skills (BICS) Group. She is an active member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, has authored several referred publications, and has presented numerous times to national and international audiences on topics related to brain injury rehabilitation.

To review clinical research articles published by Dr. Ibarra, click on the link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Summer+Ibarra

Elena Gillespie PhD

Elena Gillespie obtaining her PhD in Human Development in 2014 from Fielding Graduate University. Dr. Gillespie is Assistant Adjunct Research Faculty at IU School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine, Research Coordinator at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, and Adjunct Faculty at Saybrook University in Oakland, California. She is a co-founder of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center (CAMRC), now known as University of Michigan Integrative Medicine Center in Ann Arbor, MI, having conducted studies in energy modalities in the management of chronic pain. She also has an interest in complementary and alternative modalities in the treatment of TBI.  Her recent research has focused on post-traumatic growth in the long-term recovery from TBI, with a spotlight on the role of spirituality in healing.

To review clinical research articles published by Dr. Gillespie, click on the link:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Elena+Gillespie

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