A Community Collaboration Between IU Health and St. Vincent

Research Team

Dawn Neumann, PhD, Research Director

Dawn Neumann, PhD, has her M.A. in Psychology from Rutgers, NJ and a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science from the University at Buffalo, SUNY. She is currently Assistant Research Faculty at IU School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Clinical Research Faculty at Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana. Dr. Neumann’s research primarily focuses on understanding and treating a variety of emotional processing and regulation problems after brain injury (BI). She is particularly interested in studying: 1) reasons why people with BI have difficulty recognizing how other people feel, and ways to better treat these deficits; 2) if and how anger/ aggression after BI might be influenced by impaired emotion recognition and misinterpretation of others’ behavior; 3) deficits generating emotions, emotional self-awareness, and understanding ones’ own emotions; 4) connections between emotion processing deficits, empathy, and interpersonal relationships; and 5) emotion and communication treatments to improve marital relationships after BI. Dr. Neumann has recently been awarded with the Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Fund, and the Mary E. Switzer Merit Fellowship to study anger and aggression after TBI.

In July 2017, Dawn accepted the position as Research Director for the IU School of Medicine Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department.

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

James F. Malec, Ph.D.,

James F. Malec, PhD is Professor and former Research Director in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Indiana University School of Medicine and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana. He is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the Mayo Clinic and is Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology and in Rehabilitation Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is active in both lay and professional groups involved with the concerns of people with brain injuries, including the Brain Injury Association, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the International Neuropsychological Society. He has received a number of professional recognitions, including the Lowman Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine for interdisciplinary contributions to rehabilitation, the Research Award of the North American Brain Injury Society, the Career Service Award from the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota, and the prestigious Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation. He has over 125 peer-reviewed publications as well as other professional publications and continues to conduct research in brain injury rehabilitation and other areas of neuropsychology and behavioral medicine.  Dr. Malec retired from the Research Director position in June 2017.

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

Lance E. Trexler, PhD

Lance Trexler, PhD is the Director, Department of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of PM&R, Indiana University School of Medicine, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. He is Chair, Board of Directors, Brain Injury Association of Indiana and is Chair, Board of Directors for the Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Fund, and Co-Chairs the Indiana Brain Injury Leadership Board. He is a clinical neuropsychologist by training and has been specialized in brain injury rehabilitation since 1982. His research has been focused on interventions for people with brain injury, including pharmacological, rehabilitative and social interventions. Dr. Trexler is an author on over thirty peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

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

Flora Hammond, MD

Flora Hammond, MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Indiana University School of Medicine and Chief of Medical Affairs at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana. From 1995-2009, she worked at Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte, North Carolina where she served as the Brain Injury Medical Director and Research Director.

Dr Hammond graduated from medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Baylor College of Medicine. She completed a brain injury medicine fellowship at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Her research in the area of brain injury includes studying the prediction of outcome, aging with brain injury, causes of and treatments for irritability, and quality of relationships. Since 1998 she has been serving as the Principal Investigator and Director of the Carolinas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System grant funded by the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research. She also serves as principal investigator of several other Federally-funded research grants including a multicenter study from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to study the use of Amantadine to treat irritability and aggression in individuals with chronic brain injury.

Dr. Hammond has 16 years of experience in rehabilitation care, research, and administration earning her a reputation for her success in these areas. She has received awards for her work including the Association of Academic Physiatrists 2001 Young Academician Award, Carolinas HealthCare 2006 Record Breaker Award for excellence in grant funding, Carolinas HealthCare 2009 Pinnacle Award nomination, Brain Injury Association of America 2011 William Field Caveness Award for national and international research impacting brain injury care, and voted among Best Doctors in America (2009 – 2010, 2010 – 2011, 2011 – 2012).

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

Samantha Backhaus, PhD

Samantha L. Backhaus, PhD is a Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana’s comprehensive outpatient brain injury Neuro Rehab Center. Her primary focus is working with adults who have acquired brain injuries, both providing neuropsychological assessments and formulating appropriate interdisciplinary treatment plans in assisting individuals reintegrate back to the community. Her passion is working with families as well, with the overall goal of the survivor achieving positive long-term outcome following brain injury. Dr. Backhaus developed a 16-week treatment intervention, the Brain Injury Coping Skills Group (BICS) that won the 2009 McDowell Award for Best Presentation presented by the American Society for Neurorehabilitation. She has completed several RTCs with publication on studies investigating this treatment and won one of the Healthcare Heroes of the Year in her community in 2001 for her work in neurorehabilitation. She is asked to teach this intervention to clinicians throughout the rehabilitation field, both nationally and internationally. She also developed a Peer Mentoring Program for brain injury survivors and family members, as well as chairs a support group called Bridging the Gap, specifically designed to meet the needs of families and caregivers in addition to survivors of BI. Currently, Dr. Backhaus is the primary investigator in developing a new program, in collaboration with other professionals, on improving marital quality and satisfaction after brain injury. This intervention will ultimately be manualized. Her primary interests include assisting individuals with brain injury to achieve better adaptation, social integration, perception of quality and satisfaction with life, and community and / or vocational reintegration on a long-term basis.

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

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

T. George Hornby PhD

T. George Hornby, PhD has a background in neurophysiology, exercise science, and physical therapy, and is currently Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and Directory of the Locomotor Recovery Laboratory.  The goals of his lab is to develop and test strategies that can optimize delivery of rehabilitation interventions to maximize locomotor a function in patients post-stroke, incomplete spinal cord injury, and brain injury. One research agenda to identify the appropriate training parameters (or dose) of exercise interventions that maximize improvements in neuromuscular and cardiopulmonary health and function.  We believe these physiological changes will result in improvement in performance of functional tasks, and ultimately result in increased community integration and participation.  Additional goals include the assessment of pharmacological or other exogenous stimuli on locomotor function and training efficacy. We utilize kinematic, kinetic and electrophysiological measures of motor function in intact individuals and those with neurological disease, and examine altered motor output to mechanical or electrical stimuli, pharmacological interventions, or exercise conditions. ​ He is also currently Director of Research for the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, and has authored numerous manuscripts in neurophysiology and physical rehabilitation.