Expert Advisory Board


Dr Sureyya S. Dikmen

Sureyya S. Dikmen is a Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr Dikmen has devoted her career as a neuropsychologist to the study of TBI with emphasis on the natural history of recovery of neuropsychological, emotional and psychosocial consequences of traumatic brain injury and clinical trials to reduce the negative impacts of these injuries. Dr Dikmen and her collaborators’ work have been disseminated widely in neurological, neurosurgical, neuropsychological, and rehabilitation meetings and journals. She is a Fellow of APA Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology), and the chair of the publication committee of the International Neuropsychological Society. She has been on multiple TBI expert working groups, scientific advisory boards and data and safety monitoring boards for CDC, NINDS, NIDRR, DOD, the Brain Injury Association of America, and Institute of Medicine.


Professor Jonathan Evans

Jonathan Evans is Professor of Applied Neuropsychology at the University of Glasgow, and honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in Scotland. He was the first Clinical Director of the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation in Ely, Cambridgehire. He is now Programme Director for the MSc in Clinical Neuropsychology programme at the University of Glasgow. Jonathan has published more than 100 papers, books and book chapters in the field of cognitive neuropsychology, neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation. He is on the Editorial Board of the journal Neuropsychological Rehabilitation and is a co-author of the Behavioural Assessment of the Dysexecutive Syndrome and the Cambridge Prospective Memory Test.


Dr Tessa Hart

Tessa Hart is an Institute Scientist at Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) in Elkins Park, PA, USA, where she directs the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinical Research Laboratory. She also is a research professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Jefferson Medical College, PA, USA. A Clinical Neuropsychologist by training, Dr Hart conducts clinical research on treatments and outcomes of TBI in the areas of cognitive and emotional function and social/ vocational reintegration. She also has expertise in clinical trials methodology, with a special interest in specifying and analysing the ingredients in complex interventions. Dr Hart is a Fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and serves on multiple Editorial Boards and expert review panels related to TBI research.


Dr Mary R.T. Kennedy

Mary R.T. Kennedy, PhD, CCC-SLP, ANCDS-BC, is a Professor in the Communication Disorders and Sciences program at Chapman University in CA, USA. Dr Kennedy received her PhD from the University of Washington, WA, USA and has many years of clinical and research experience with individuals with cognitive and communication disorders after traumatic brain injury (TBI). She runs the NeuroCognitive Communication Lab ( that includes a supportive program for college students with TBI using a dynamic coaching model. Dr Kennedy has chaired the Academy of Neurological Communication Disorders & Sciences committee that reviews research evidence and develops practice recommendations on managing cognitive and communication disorders after TBI. She has also served on the Committee at the Institute of Medicine/National Academies, Washington, D.C., USA that published Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy after Traumatic Brain Injury: Evaluating the Evidence.
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Dr Harvey Levin

Harvey Levin is a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine, TX, USA; and a Research Scientist at the Michael E. De Bakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, TX, USA. His clinical interests focus on brain injury, epilepsy and stroke. He serves on many editorial and advisory boards related to brain injury and neurotrauma, and is the recipient of a Distinguished Career Award by the International Neuropsychological Society.


Dr Brian Levine

Brian Levine is a Neuropsychologist interested in the function and dysfunction of large-scale neural systems as expressed in complex human behaviours, including episodic and autobiographical memory, self-regulation, and goal management. He is a Professor at the University of Toronto and a Senior Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest. Much of his research concerns syndromes seen in patients with focal brain lesions due to strokes and tumours, traumatic brain injury, dementia, and psychiatric disorders, although he also studies healthy young and older adults. Dr Levine is particularly interested in the real-life deficits faced by patients with brain disease. As these deficits are often not readily apparent in standard neuropsychological or neurological examinations, Dr Levine uses novel assessment techniques, coupled with multimodal neuroimaging (structural and functional MRI, EEG, and MEG) in his research.


Dr James F. Malec

James F. Malec, PhD, is a Professor and Research Director in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Indiana University School of Medicine and the Rehabilitation Hospital of IN, USA. 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, over 160 peer-reviewed publications as well as other professional publications, and continues to conduct research in brain injury rehabilitation and other areas of neuropsychology and behavioural medicine.

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Nick Rushworth

Nick Rushworth has been Executive Officer of Brain Injury Australia since 2008. He is also a Director of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, and has served as President of the Brain Injury Association of New South Wales between 2004 and 2008. In 1996, Nick sustained a severe traumatic brain injury as a result of a bicycle accident. Before joining Brain Injury Australia, Nick worked for the Northern Territory Government setting up their new Office of Disability. Formerly a producer with the Nine Television Network’s “Sunday” program and ABC Radio National, Nick’s journalism has won a number of awards, including a Silver World Medal at the New York Festival, a National Press Club and TV Week Logie Award. Nick serves as a patient representative on: the Australian Trauma Quality Improvement Program Steering Committee; the Victorian Neurotrauma Advisory Council; the Neurotrauma Evidence Translation Steering Committee of the National Trauma Research Institute; the Executive of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Directorate of New South Wales Health; the Victorian Transport Accident Commission/Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research Behaviours of Concern Working Group; Vocational Intervention Program Steering Committee of New South Wales Health; the Disability Advisory Committee of the Australian Electoral Commission; the Department of Social Services' Disability Employment Services Consumer Advisory Group and Telstra’s Disability Forum.


Dr Lyn Turkstra

Lyn Turkstra is a Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and member of the Neuroscience Training Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, USA. Her research and clinical interests are in communication outcomes for adolescents and adults with acquired brain injury. She is board-certified by the Academy for Neurogenic Communication Disorders and Sciences, and served on the ANCDS Writing Committee for Evidence-Based Practice in traumatic brain injury. She serves on a variety of national and international committees related to acquired brain injury and has long-standing collaborations with Dr Leanne Togher and Dr Skye McDonald in Sydney, Australia.

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Dr Shari L. Wade

Shari L. Wade is a pediatric rehabilitation psychologist and Professor at the University of Cincinnati in the Department of Pediatrics and Director of Research in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. She has investigated predictors of family adaptation to TBI for more than 20 years and has developed and tested web-based interventions to reduce behavioural morbidity and family consequences for the past decade. This research, funded by NICHD, NIDRR, NINDS, NIMH and the CDC, has substantially advanced the science regarding behavioural interventions for TBI culminating in a NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research.


Dr John Whyte

John Whyte is a physiatrist and experimental psychologist specialising in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. He is the Director of the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI); Director of Attention Research at MRRI; and the Director of Brain Injury Research at the Drucker Brain Injury Center at MRRI. Dr Whyte’s research focuses on cognitive impairment after TBI, including assessment and treatment. He was the 2002 winner of the William Fields Caveness Award, and the 2008 recipient of the Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation. He has over 120 peer reviewed publications and was co-lead author of the recent report on a randomized controlled trial of amantadine in disorders of consciousness, published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Dr Barbara Wilson

Barbara Wilson is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who has worked in brain injury rehabilitation for over 30 years. In 1996 she founded the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, which continues to provide high quality rehabilitation for the individual cognitive, social, emotional and physical needs of people with acquired brain injury in the UK. Dr Wilson has won many awards for her work, including an OBE for services to medical rehabilitation in 1998 and two lifetime achievement awards: one from the British Psychological Society, and one from the International Neuropsychological Society. She has published 18 books, over 270 journal articles and chapters, and 8 neuropsychological tests. She is Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, which she founded in 1991. Dr Wilson is President of the Encephalitis Society, Vice-President of the Academy for Multidisciplinary Neurotrauma, and on the management committee of The World Federation of Neuro Rehabilitation. She is also a Fellow of The British Psychological Society, The Academy of Medical Sciences and The Academy of Social Sciences.