Who We Are
Mark Sherer, PhD, ABPP, FACRM
Dr. Mark Sherer is senior scientist and director of research at TIRR Memorial Hermann. He is a clinical professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.
Dr. Sherer is a board certified neuropsychologist with over 25 years experience as a clinician, administrator, and educator. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the National Academy of Neuropsychology, and the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.
Dr. Sherer has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles as well as numerous book chapters. He has presented his research findings nationally and internationally.
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Angelle Sander, PhD
Dr. Angelle Sander is associate professor with tenure in the department of PM&R at Baylor College of Medicine and is director of TIRR Memorial Hermann's Brain Injury Research Center, and a Senior Scientist and Executive Board Member on the TIRR Research Council. She is the project director for the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developing Strategies to Foster Community Integration and Participation for Individuals with TBI.
Dr. Sander also serves as residency research director for the department of PM&R and as a neuropsychologist at Quentin Mease Community Hospital.
Specialty areas include family adjustment to TBI, community integration of persons with TBI, intimacy after TBI, assessing and treating substance abuse in persons with TBI, and ethnic diversity in outcomes.
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Allison Clark, PhD
Dr. Allison Clark is assistant professor in the department of PM&R at Baylor College of Medicine, and research scientist at the Brain Injury Research Center at TIRR Memorial Hermann.
Dr. Clark is the director of training for the NIDRR-funded RRTC on Developing Strategies to Foster Community Integration and Participation for Individuals With TBI, and was the principal investigator on a NIDRR-funded field-initiated project investigating a group intervention for depressed mood after traumatic brain injury.
A clinical neuropsychologist by training, her areas of interest include emotional functioning following acquired brain injury, knowledge translation, group interventions, and cognitive rehabilitation.
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Margaret Struchen, Ph.D.
Dr. Margaret Struchen is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Manager of the Psychology/Neuropsychology Department at TIRR Memorial Hermann. She is also an assistant professor in the department of PM&R at Baylor College of Medicine.
Dr. Struchen's research focuses on assessment and interventions for social communication difficulties for persons with brain injury, developing and evaluating programs to facilitate community integration and reduce social isolation, and understanding how acute injury factors impact outcomes after traumatic brain injury.
Dr. Struchen is principal investigator for a randomized clinical trial of interpersonal process recall to address social communication problems after TBI, which is part of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)-funded TBI Model System of TIRR.
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Lynne Cole Davis, PhD
Dr. Lynne Davis is an investigator at TIRR Memorial Hermann's Brain Injury Research Center and on the TIRR Research Council. She is also a clinical neuropsychologist at TIRR Memorial Hermann, clinical assistant professor (department of PM&R) at Baylor College of Medicine, and Chair of the Resources Committee on the Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council.
Dr. Davis is Principal Investigator for a resource facilitation intervention to improve vocational outcomes after TBI and for a project to develop an interview tool to evaluate work readiness after TBI.
Specialty areas include vocational functioning after TBI and development of computerized interventions and resources after TBI.
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Kacey Maestas, PhD
Dr. Kacey Maestas is assistant professor in the department of PM&R at Baylor College of Medicine, and an investigator at TIRR Memorial Hermann's Brain Injury Research Center. She also conducts clinical research at the TBI Center of Excellence of the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Dr. Maestas was awarded the NIDRR-funded Mary E. Switzer Rehabilitation Research Merit Fellowship to investigate the role of parenting following TBI. She also completed a NIDRR-funded Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) fellowship in traumatic brain injury at Baylor College of Medicine.
Specialty areas include participation/community integration, emotional functioning, and cognitive rehabilitation of civilians and veterans with TBI. Her clinical interests include neuropsychological evaluation of persons with acquired brain injury.
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Jay A. Bogaards, MA, CCRP
Jay Bogaards is a Research Assistant III and Clinical Research Coordinator at the TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury Research Center (BIRC). He has a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He is a certified clinical research professional (CCRP) and has been involved in traumatic brain injury research since 2008.
Mr. Bogaards' current research involves a donepezil clinical trial in the treatment of memory problems following a traumatic brain injury, a case management project to improve employment outcomes through a state vocational rehabilitation service, as well as a randomized-controlled trial looking at the effectiveness of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for reducing emotional distress and improving participation outcomes after traumatic brain injury.
Wilma Chua, BBA
Wilma Chua is research assistant in the Brain Injury Research Center at TIRR Memorial Hermann. She's been a research assistant in the Brain Injury Research Center for three years.
Ms. Chua is currently the research coordinator for the Classification Project and was a research assistant on a NIDRR-funded field-initiated project for depressed mood after traumatic brain injury.
Marisa Demaya, BS
Marisa Demaya joined ILRU in 2004 and began working under the ILRU Community Living Partnership and National State-to-State Technical Assistance Programs, both funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Under these projects, she has provided support in training, administrative, and technical assistance to Real Choice projects (including CILs) grantees. As training director for The Southwest ADA Center (SWADAC) she is responsible for coordination of training activities, dissemination of ADA related information to consumers, organizations and SWADA center affiliates.
Ms. Demaya also coordinates production of webinars and provides daily maintenance of various listserv and social media resources. Ms. Demaya is fluent in Spanish. She will create and maintain social media for persons with TBI as part of project T4. In addition, she will lead training sessions for Spanish-speaking participants and assist with translation of training projects into Spanish.
Marjorie Elhardt is a Web Production Specialist/Educator I at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, TX. With over 30 years experience in disability-related research, her current focus is the design and maintenance of fully-accessible web sites, ensuring that the sites meet W3C and 508 standards. She created the web site for the current RRTC on TBI and facilitated the translation into Spanish.
Ms. Elhardt has also worked extensively with the ILRU staff in designing web-based applications for persons with disability. Through a contract with the RRTC on SCI at the National Rehabilitation Hospital, she provides technical assistance, develops educational materials on spinal cord injury and produces a quarterly e-newsletter.
Carol Eubanks, MS
Carol Eubanks currently leads the development and production of training curricula and supplemental materials for training and technical assistance for centers for independent living (CIL-NET) and statewide independent living councils (SILC-NET) currently funded by RSA. A primary role for Ms. Eubanks has been the development of online tutorials for both national programs. Working collaboratively with the CIL-NET and SILC-NET teams, she provides orientation, training, and consultation to team personnel in the application of instructional design and the use of instructional technology tools in the delivery of instruction.
Prior to her work with ILRU, Ms. Eubanks served as an Educator III for Memorial Hermann Health Systems, where she developed management training for Memorial Hermann's Partners in Learning system, an online instruction system for all employees. She earned an M.S. Degree in Occupational Technology from the University of Houston. She will develop the online workshops for persons with TBI and their caregivers and the online courses for professionals.
Luiz Gonzalez, BS
Luis Gonzalez is a research assistant for the Brain Injury Research Center at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital and Ben Taub General Hospital. He is an alumnus from the University of Houston where he received Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Psychology.
Mr. Gonzalez currently works on the TBI Model Systems Database Follow-Up Study and the Contextualized Training for Memory Impairment Following TBI. Being bilingual also allows him to contribute to the Trial of Amantadine Hydrochloride in the Treatment of Chronic TBI Irritability and in Improving Employment Outcomes Through Partnership.
Terri Hudler-Hull, MS
Terri Hudler-Hull is a Senior Project Coordinator at Baylor College of Medicine and TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury Center (BIRC) in Houston, TX. She has a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Texas Woman's University at Houston and has worked in the area of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) since 1991.
Ms. Hudler-Hull is currently working on the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Developing Strategies to Foster Community Integration and Participation for Individuals with TBI.
Monique R. Pappadis, PhD, CCRP
Dr. Monique R. Pappadis is an adjunct professor in the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston and an Investigator at TIRR Memorial Hermann's Brain Injury Research Center and on the TIRR Research Council. She is also the Early Career Chair for ACRM's BI-ISIG Executive Committee and the Chair Elect for the Early Career Development Course Task Force of ACRM. She has worked in several roles, such as research assistant, NIDRR pre-doctoral fellow, study coordinator, and case coordinator at BIRC since 2004.
Dr. Pappadis is Principal Investigator for a mixed-methods study to address access to care and service needs in Spanish-speaking persons with TBI and their caregivers, which will produce dissemination materials in collaboration with the Hispanic Health Coalition of Houston. She is also the recipient of the highly competitive and prestigious 2014-2016 NIH-NIMHD Health Disparities LRP Award, where she will engage in minority health/health disparities research during the funding period.
Dr. Pappadis' research interests include the development of interventions to improve adjustment to chronic disabilities and illnesses, health outcomes of women with disabilities, and to improve access and health service utilization and reduce behavioral health inequities among ethnic minority populations.
Richard Petty, MBA
Richard Petty is Program Director at Independent Living Research (ILRU) at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston. Since 1998 he has directed the IL-NET, the single national project which provides training and technical assistance to centers for independent living and 56 statewide independent living councils, organizations which foster community independence for people with disabilities. Petty also directs the ILRU New Community Opportunities Center, a national center that advances community programs for transition from nursing facilities to the community for persons of all ages and youth transition from school to community.
Mr. Petty directed the ILRU Community Living Partnership from 2000-2009 which provided training, publications, and implementation support to CMS Real Choice systems change grantees implementing innovative home and community services programs. Mr. Petty has led course and curriculum development for online courses, on-location training, and Webcast presentations. He has made ILRU a national leader in delivery of training through Web technology.
Mr. Petty holds an MBA degree from the C. T. Bauer School of Business at the University of Houston. He writes about and conducts training and workshops on application of evidence-based practices in community programs, advocacy and lobbying, grassroots action for change, transition from nursing facilities to the community, rapid feedback assessment, and leading organizations in transformational change.