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Current Studies & Research
The interFACE Lab

The interFACE Lab The Interactive and Functional Assessment of Communication and Emotion (InterFACE) Center is a natural observation laboratory designed to research emotional and behavioral deficits in people with neurological,… Read More


TrackTBI Investigator: Richard Rodgers, MD TRACK-TBI:  The multicenter Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Traumatic Brain Injury (TRACK-TBI) study aims to improve success of clinical trial design through the collection and analysis of… Read More

Training to Reconnect with emotional awareness therapy

Training to Reconnect with emotional awareness therapy (TREAT) Investigators: Dawn Neumann, Flora Hammond The purpose of this study is to teach participants with traumatic brain injury to develop better emotional… Read More

Avanir Study

Avanir Study Sheryl Katta-Charles MD, Principal Investigator A Phase 2, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to assess the efficacy, safety and tolerability or AVP-786 (deudextromethorphan hydrobromide [d6-DM]/quinidine sulfate [Q]) for… Read More

Monitoring Safety and Training in Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries

Long-Term, Prospective, Non-Interventional Study Monitoring Safety and Training in Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries and Their Trained Companions Recently Initiated with the ReWalk™ Personal Device. Flora Hammond, MD (PI), funded… Read More

Monica Foster December 27th, 2011

Monica is the Executive Director and Chief Federal Defender of the Indiana Federal Community Defender.  In that role, she oversees representation of indigent persons charged in the federal courts.  She began studying criminal justice and economics at State University of New York at Buffalo State College at age 16.  Monica worked part time at the Indiana Public Defender Council while attending Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and was hired full-time when she passed the bar in 1983.  After serving four years as a staff attorney for the council, she entered into private practice, focusing on representation of indigent persons charged with the death penalty at both the trial and appellate levels, including arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Through her work with clients charged with the death penalty, Monica became interested in how traumatic brain injury, particularly when undiagnosed and untreated, contributes to violent crime.

Monica’s interest in brain trauma became more personal when her husband, attorney Robert Hammerle was an RHI patient in the fall of 2011 after he was hit by a motorcycle as a pedestrian, leaving him with a brain injury.  That experience introduced her to RHI’s mission and leadership in brain injury research and treatment and the RHI Foundation’s role in supporting and promoting it.