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Staff

Meet the staff of the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System at TIRR Memorial Hermann.

Mark Sherer, Ph.D., ABPP-Cn

Dr. Mark Sherer, Ph.D.Dr. Mark Sherer is senior scientist, director of research, and director of neuropsychology 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 in brain injury rehabilitation. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the National Academy of Neuropsychology, and the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Dr. Sherer has served as principal investigator for grants on TBI recovery, impaired self-awareness, telephone counseling for persons with TBI, TBI community integration, and rehabilitation of brain tumor patients and currently serves as the principal investigator for the Texas TBI Model System of TIRR grant.

He has published more than 100 articles and book chapters and has given numerous presentations to state, national and international conferences.

Dr. Sherer serves on editorial boards for Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, The Clinical Neuropsychologist, and Rehabilitation Psychology.

Angelle M. Sander, Ph.D.

Dr. Angelle M. Sander, Ph.D.Dr. Sander is an associate professor with tenure in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine and is director of TIRR Memorial Hermann’s Brain Injury Research Center. 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 Traumatic Brain Injury. Previously, she was principal investigator for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Integration for Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

She is co-investigator for the Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System of TIRR, and is principal investigator for the Model System collaborative project on sexuality after TBI. Dr. Sander also serves as residency research director for the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and as a neuropsychologist at Quentin Mease Community Hospital.

She has a history of federal grant funding since 1997. Her areas of specialty 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.

She has over 60 published articles, book chapters, and abstracts, including 35 peer-reviewed articles.

Margaret A. Struchen, Ph.D.

Dr. Margaret A. Struchen, Ph.D.Dr. Struchen is an assistant professor in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine. She also serves as director of education for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Alliance of the Baylor College of Medicine and University of Texas Health Science Center.

Dr. Struchen’s research interests focus 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 co-principal investigator and co-project director for research quality of the Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems of TIRR. As part of this program, she serves as principal investigator of a randomized clinical trial to investigate the effectiveness of an intervention to address social communication abilities for persons with traumatic brain injury and oversees dissemination activities.

Dr. Struchen also serves as the co-director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Integration of Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury. As part of the RRTC, Dr. Struchen is principal investigator for a clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of a social peer mentoring program to enhance social participation, and for a study investigating the impact of social communication abilities and environmental factors on social integration and emotional functioning.

She also leads a project designed to assess training needs and develop training materials for non-specialist healthcare professionals regarding persons with TBI and leads a project to develop training materials for vocational rehabilitation counselors regarding TBI.

Dr. Struchen also serves as co-principal investigator for a NIDRR-funded field initiated grant involving a randomized clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of a group cognitive-behavioral treatment for depression for persons with traumatic brain injury.

In addition to her research activities, Dr. Struchen serves as past president and member of the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association of Texas. She also is an adjunct assistant professor in the department of Psychology at the University of Houston.

Allison N. Clark, Ph.D.

Dr. Allison N. Clark, Ph.D.Dr. Clark is an assistant professor in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology (clinical neuropsychological specialty) at the University of Houston and a post-doctoral fellowship in rehabilitation research in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Clark is the principal investigator of a NIDRR-funded field-initiated project investigating the Effectiveness of a Group Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Depression after Traumatic Brain Injury. She is the director of training for the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developing Strategies to Foster Community Integration and Participation for Individuals With Traumatic Brain Injury, and a co-investigator for the Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System of TIRR. Previously, she was a co-investigator for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Integration for Persons With Traumatic Brain Injury.

Her areas of interest include depression, group interventions, social communication, and the impact of cognition on response to rehabilitation interventions. Dr. Clark has presented at numerous national and regional conferences, and has co-authored over 20 published articles and abstracts, including 10 peer-reviewed publications.

Gerard Francisco, M.D.

Dr. Gerard Francisco, M.D.Dr. Francisco is one of the nation’s leading physicians in the field of brain injury and stroke rehabilitation and the Chief Medical Officer at TIRR Memorial Hermann. A frequent lecturer nationally and internationally, he is currently conducting research on the use of botulinum toxin and intrathecal baclofen for the treatment of spasticity, along with the use of robots to facilitate recovery after a stroke or spinal cord injury.

Dr. Francisco is chairman and clinical professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and adjunct professor at Baylor College of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of the Philippines and completed his internship at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. His residency in PM&R was at the University of Medicine and Dentistry-New Jersey Medical School, where he was chief resident.

He was awarded the Dean’s Teaching Award from UT Medical School in 2001, 2004 and 2008 and the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Alliance of the Baylor College of Medicine and University of Texas Health Science Center Teacher of the Year Award in 2000. Dr. Francisco was elected to “Best Doctors in America” for 2007-2008 by his peers. From 2001-2009, he has been listed in “Best Doctors in America.”

Dr. Francisco completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Brain Injury Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine. Before joining the Brain Injury Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann in 1997, he served as director of the Brain Injury Program at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and assistant professor in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New Jersey Medical School.

Dr. Francisco also serves as Medical Director of Project Victory. A collaboration between TIRR Memorial Hermann and TIRR Foundation, the goal of Project Victory is to help wounded service members recover and successfully reintegrate back into the community.

Lynne Cole Davis, Ph.D.

Dr. Lynne Cole Davis, Ph.D.Dr. Davis is a neuropsychologist at TIRR Memorial Hermann’s Brain Injury Research Center and clinical assistant professor in the department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine.

She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology with specialization in neuropsychology from the University of Houston, after completing an internship at Duke University Medical Center. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in rehabilitation research and clinical neuropsychology on the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Integration of Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury.

As part of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developing Strategies to Foster Community Integration and Participation for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury, she is principal investigator on a randomized controlled trial to investigate the effectives of a vocational case coordination system for enhancing return to work after traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Davis has presented at numerous national conferences and co-authored several peer-reviewed articles. Her current areas of research include gender differences, return to work, and social functioning following traumatic brain injury.

Laura Ritter van Veldhoven, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Laura Ritter van Veldhoven, Ph.D., M.P.H.Dr. Van Veldhoven is an assistant professor in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Baylor College of Medicine. After completing her internship at the University of Washington, she was awarded her doctorate in clinical psychology (clinical neuropsychology specialty) from the University of Houston in 2007. Dr. Van Veldhoven completed post-doctoral fellowship training in clinical neuropsychology and research at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital System and MD Anderson Cancer Care Center. She also earned a Master of Public Health, focusing on health behavior and health education, from the University of Michigan in 2002.

Dr. Van Veldhoven is the a co-principle investigator of a NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Integration for Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury study investigating contextualized training for memory impairment following TBI.

She has authored several publications and presented at numerous national and regional conferences. Dr. Van Veldhoven’s clinical and research interests emphasize adjustment to injury, intervention for memory and executive functioning impairment, and community reintegration.