The BrainLine Treatment Hub was created in consultation with brain injury and PTSD experts, who contributed writing, review, expertise, and research.
Sherry Chiasson, BSW, MBA/HA
Sherry Chiasson is Senior Medical Writer at The Informatics Applications Group, Inc., in the Washington, DC area, where she addresses health-related issues for service members and veterans. Ms. Chiasson partnered with WETA-TV-FM to create BrainLine.org, the award-winning website on preventing, treating, and living with PTSD and traumatic brain injury. She also led the award-winning creative team at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (now the Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence), to produce 60 new TBI education materials and a quarterly newsletter for the Military Health System. Ms. Chiasson holds a Master of Business Administration in Health Administration from Temple University and a Bachelor of Social Welfare from The Pennsylvania State University. As an educator, writer, and former social worker, she has worked extensively to empower individuals through knowledge.
Christina Brown Fisher, MS
Christina Brown Fisher is an Emmy award-winning broadcast news journalist and Air Force veteran. She was formerly an anchor and correspondent for MSNBC and NBC News. Ms. Brown Fisher covers justice and veterans’ affairs issues. She has reported extensively about wellness and mental health, including post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as traumatic brain injury. Ms. Brown Fisher holds an MS: Journalism, from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a member of the National Academy of Televisions Arts and Sciences, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Screen Actors Guild, the Society of Professional Journalists, and Veterans in Media & Entertainment.
Cooper Hodges, PhD
Cooper Hodges is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Andrews University in 2016 and a doctorate in experimental psychology with an emphasis in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience from Brigham Young University in 2020. Dr. Hodges’s research interests primarily involve the use of emerging neuroimaging techniques in investigating traumatic brain injury in various patient populations and the downstream effects of injury on neural function and structure. Dr. Hodges’s interests extend into statistical and experimental methods, where he is interested in furthering recommendations for best practices in methodology and statistics in psychological science, and supporting ongoing efforts promoting replicability and transparency in scientific literature.
Susan Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP, CCM
Susan Johnson is the past Director of Brain Injury Services for Shepherd Center and now retired. She has 40 years of brain injury experience developing programs and services, speaking nationally and regionally, and advocating for people with brain injuries and their families. She is the Chair of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) BI ISIG DOC Subcommittee on Family Education.
Katherine McCauley, PhD
Clinical Psychologist, SHARE Military Initiative, Shepherd Center
Katherine McCauley is a licensed clinical psychologist. She works with veterans and servicemembers receiving comprehensive treatment for TBI and co-occurring disorders (e.g., PTSD, mood disorders, substance use disorders) through the SHARE Military Initiative at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA. Dr. McCauley completed her undergraduate degree at Emory University, her PhD at the University of Maryland, College Park, and her doctoral internship and postdoctoral supervised work experience at the Seattle VA. Her clinical interests include providing evidence-based, client-centered care for individuals with co-occurring substance use disorders and mental health disorders and working with couples and families. In addition to her role on the treatment team at the SHARE Military Initiative, Dr. McCauley runs a program development and research effort in this setting that is focused on improving access to TBI treatment for veterans and servicemembers who also report substance use.
Katie Mitchell, MS, LRT, CTRS
Recreational Therapist, SHARE Military Initiative, Shepherd Center
Katie Mitchell is the Recreational Therapist at SHARE Military Initiative, Shepherd Center’s comprehensive rehabilitation program serving active duty or separated service members with mild to moderate traumatic brain injuries and co-occurring diagnoses such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Utilizing client interests and goals, she supports improvements in functional health, prepares clients for community reentry, and empowers active purposeful leisure participation. She previously served as an evidence-based practice chair and population co-chair for the American Therapeutic Recreation Association, and currently serves as President-Elect of the Georgia Therapeutic Recreation Association. In these roles and as a whole, Ms. Mitchell is committed to ensuring the quality and reach of recreational therapy services in a range of settings through advocacy and legislation, provision of evidence-based resources, and design and dissemination of practice-based research.
Michelle Neary works with the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Warrior Care Network® program. She joined WWP in 2011 and has supported several programs focusing on empowering warriors within mental health. She currently serves on the Warrior Care Network team by providing veterans living with PTSD, TBI, and related conditions with a path to long-term wellness and improved psychological well-being.
Amy Shapiro-Rosenbaum, PhD
Program Director for the TBI Rehabilitation Program at Park Terrace Care Center
Amy Shapiro-Rosenbaum, Ph.D., FACRM received her doctorate in clinical and school psychology from Hofstra University and has specialized in the field of brain injury rehabilitation for 20 years. Currently, she is the Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program at Park Terrace Care Center, an inpatient brain injury rehabilitation facility in Queens, NY. Dr. Shapiro-Rosenbaum is responsible for directing interdisciplinary treatment planning, overseeing program planning and development, as well as all TBI-related staff education and training. She was integrally involved in creating the center’s cognitive rehabilitation, coma recovery, and coma management programs, and remains responsible for the clinical oversight of these programs. Dr. Shapiro-Rosenbaum serves as a TBI model systems investigator and adjunct faculty for the NY TBI Model System at Mt. Sinai. She is also the owner of BrainMatters Neuropsychological Services, a private practice offering specialized neuropsychological assessment, education, training, and support to individuals with acquired brain injury and their caregivers. Dr. Shapiro-Rosenbaum’s clinical and research interests include disorders of consciousness, post-traumatic confusional state, cognitive rehabilitation, evidence-based practice, neuropsychological assessment, and psychotherapy after brain injury. She has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks. She is a primary author of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual: Translating Evidence-Based Recommendations into Practice, and is the managing co-editor of the upcoming 2nd Edition manual and textbook. Her work has been presented at professional trainings and conferences both nationally and internationally. Dr. Shapiro-Rosenbaum also serves as Co-Chair of the ACRM BI-ISIG Cognitive Rehabilitation Task Force and ACRM Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual and Training Faculty. She is Chair of the Public Awareness and Advocacy Workgroup and Co-Chair of the Family Education subcommittee of the Joint NIDRR and ACRM BI-ISIG Disorders of Consciousness Task Force.
Lyndsay Tkach, MA, CBIS
Deputy Director at Wounded Warrior Project®, Certified Brain Injury Specialist
Lyndsay Tkach is a Pittsburgh-based, mental health and brain injury advocate specializing in community supports. Since 2014, she has worked with the Independence Program at Wounded Warrior Project®, currently as the Deputy Director. In this role, Lyndsay is responsible for the oversight of connecting and evaluating community-based services for warriors and their family support members. Ms. Tkach received her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation and Minor in Sociology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Masters in Abnormal Psychology from the University of Phoenix. In 2016, Ms. Tkach completed her certification as a Brain Injury Specialist from the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS).
Tracey Wallace, MS, CCC-SLP
SHARE Military Initiative Projects & Education Coordinator at Shepherd Center
Tracey Wallace, MS, CCC-SLP oversees program development, education, and research initiatives as the SHARE Military Initiative Projects & Education Coordinator at Shepherd Center. Ms. Wallace has over 20 years of experience helping people with brain injury maximize participation at home, work, school, and their community. She has worked at Shepherd Center since 2002 and has held other roles, including Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinical Research Scientist. Ms. Wallace currently directs several grant-funded research projects centered around optimizing rehabilitation outcomes, enhancing best practices in rehabilitation of cognitive-communication, and developing accessible rehabilitation interventions for people with brain injury and post-traumatic stress. She has extensive experience presenting and publishing about brain injury rehabilitation, teaching, and supervising graduate-level university students, and serving in leadership positions within national organizations, such as the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Ms. Wallace is a leader, researcher, educator, and advocate. As an Air Force brat, working at SHARE has deep meaning to Ms. Wallace, and she is proud to bring her special passion for serving veterans with brain injury to the SHARE Military Initiative.
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