A Community Collaboration Between IU Health and St. Vincent

Research Team

James F. Malec, Ph.D., Translational Research Director

James F. Malec, PhD is Professor and 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.

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.

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).

Shashank Davé, D.O.

Shashank Dave’, DO grew up in Chicago. After graduating from the Honors Program at Loyola University Chicago, he completed medical school and internship at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He finished his residency at Loyola University Medical Center, completing rotations at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) as well as Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital. While at Loyola, he served as Chief Resident. He joined the Indiana University School of Medicine Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department as an Assistant Professor in 2005 and also has a joint appointment with the Department of Neurology, also as an Assistant Professor. He has won several awards for teaching at IUSM. In 2007, he was appointed the Co-Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Indiana University Health. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, as well as in Pain Medicine.

Dr. Dave’s clinical interests include musculoskeletal medicine, fluoroscopic interventional pain procedures, and electrodiagnosis (EMG). He is a co-director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) adult clinic at Indiana University Health. He runs the RHI spasticity clinic; services there include interdisciplinary evaluations by PT & OT, and pharmacologic management including trialing and managing intrathecal baclofen and injecting botulinum toxin.

Dr. Dave’s research interests include botulinum toxin, spasticity, and sports medicine. He has authored numerous manuscripts & book chapters and edited a book on Sports Medicine.

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.

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