About

Mayo Clinic's Traumatic Brain Injury Program focuses on clinical research concerning epidemiology, practice management models, treatment outcomes, community-based, randomized clinical trials of behavioral interventions and remotely providing cognitive rehabilitation to individuals with traumatic brain injury.

This research has produced dozens of publications and hundreds of presentations, bringing to prominence Mayo Clinic's status as an internationally recognized brain rehabilitation program. Mayo Clinic's Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Program has consistently achieved program goals and objectives in major areas of research, clinical practice, program operation, collaboration and dissemination.

The program remains poised to make substantial and highly innovative contributions to the field of brain injury research and clinical care focused on the needs of individuals with TBI and their families, as directed by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, including helping individuals from traditionally underserved populations.

Advisory Council

Twice each year, the Mayo Clinic Regional Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council meets to provide oversight of the program.

The council reviews operational, collaborative and dissemination activities and clinical programs, offering community-oriented insights and suggestions for improvement. Project goals and progress on key performance indicators are examined. Advisory council members also oversee The CONNECT Trial.

Mayo Clinic Regional TBI Advisory Council members

Member Affiliation
Justine Ashokar, Ph.D. Black Hills Works, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center
Thomas F. Bergquist, Ph.D., L.P. Mayo Clinic
Allen W. Brown, M.D. (chair) Mayo Clinic
Rose Collins, Ph.D. Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Christina Conroy, CCRP Regional Health
Karl Curtis Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin
Maggie Ferguson, M.S., CRC, CBIS Iowa Department of Public Health
Jacob Finn, Ph.D. Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Michael J. Hall, Ph.D. Iowa City VA Health Care System
Justin Heesakker, M.S., L.Ac., Dipl.OM Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Renee Hendrickson, R.N. Altru Health System
JoAnn Hofman, B.S.N. Regional Health
Brandi Jensen, B.S., CBIS
Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa
Kasey Johanson, B.A., CBIS Family member with brain injury
Robert L. Karol, Ph.D., L.P., ABPP-RP, CBIST Red Wing Healthcare Community
Kathryn S. Kendall, R.N. Mayo Clinic, family member with brain injury
Mark Kinde, M.P.H. Minnesota Department of Health
David King, M.B.A. Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
June Klein-Bacon, B.S.W., CBIS Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa
Gregory Lamberty, Ph.D., L.P., ABPP Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Geoffrey Lauer, M.A. Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa
Gail M. Lundeen, CRC Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Craig Martinson Survivor with brain injury
Leslie McCarthy, M.A. Iowa Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
Jackie Micklewright, Ph.D., L.P. Bethesda Hospital
Gina K. Mitchell, CCC-SLP Mayo Clinic
Anne M. Moessner, R.N., C.N.S. (secretary) Mayo Clinic
Audrey Nelson, M.S., CSW Survivor with brain injury
Rebecca Quinn, LCSW, M.S.W. Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Rhonda Roed, O.T. Altru Health System
Jon Roesler, M.S. Minnesota Department of Health
Robert J. Sevenich, M.D. Bethesda Hospital
Thomas Tatlock, M.D. Survivor with brain injury
Toby V. Yak, M.P.H., Ph.D.(c) Iowa Department of Public Health

Staff highlights

Allen W. Brown, M.D., Project Director, Medical Director

20 years of brain rehabilitation experience, including:

  • Consultant, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Division Chair and Medical Director, Brain Rehabilitation and Research Programs
  • Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Fellow, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Chair, Acquired Brain Disorders Committee at Mayo Clinic
  • Chair, Minnesota Department of Health State Trauma Advisory Counsel
  • History of collaborative research with other National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and non-NIDRR centers
  • Extensive research experience in TBI-related impairment
  • Numerous regional, national and international presentations
  • Over 40 peer-reviewed publications

Thomas F. Bergquist, Ph.D., Co-Investigator, Program Director

20 years of brain rehabilitation experience, including:

  • Board certified with the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Member of the International Neuropsychological Society, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology and Acquired Brain Disorders Committee at Mayo Clinic
  • Numerous regional, national and international presentations
  • Extensive research experience in conducting telerehabilitation in persons with traumatic brain injury
  • Over 20 published journal articles and book chapters

Anne M. Moessner, R.N., C.N.S., Project Coordinator

27 years of brain rehabilitation experience, including:

  • Master of Science in nursing, certified clinical nurse specialist and certified registered rehabilitation nurse
  • Ad hoc member of Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin TBI advisory councils
  • Grant Advisory Board, Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBIMS) Program
  • Project coordinator and recruiter of all subjects for local and national TBIMS studies since 1998
  • Form I certified and trained in Functional Independence Measure (FIM) and Disability Rating Scale (DRS)
  • Editor, Mayo Clinic TBIMS newsletter and manager, and Mayo TBIMS website
  • Member, TBIMS Data Committee
  • Certified brain injury specialist trainer with the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists
  • Numerous regional, national, and international presentations
  • Recipient of multiple awards
  • Co-author on over 20 publications

Jay Mandrekar, Ph.D., Statistical Consultant

10 years of brain rehabilitation research experience, including:

  • Senior associate consultant, Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics
  • Consultant (joint appointment), Department of Neurology
  • Statistical consultant, Mayo Clinic TBIMS, 2002 to present
  • Co-investigator and statistician on National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Multiple Sclerosis Society and other grants
  • Biostatistics editor of Cephalalgia
  • Over 170 publications

Nancy N. Diehl, Data Manager

14 years of brain research experience, including:

  • Certification as a quality engineer, American Society for Quality
  • Statistical programmer analyst level III, Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics
  • Over 27 years experience in business and medical database management and statistical applications, including Statistical Analysis System (SAS) applications
  • Data manager, TBIMS since 1998
  • Member, TBI National Data and Statistical Center Data Committee
  • Multiple work achievement awards
  • Co-author of 80 peer-reviewed articles

Kathryn S. Kendall, R.N.

34 years of brain research experience, including:

  • Bachelor of Science in nursing, certified registered rehabilitation nurse
  • Certified brain injury specialist trainer with the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (2009 to 2013)
  • Training in adult and pediatric brain-reserve capacity
  • Member, Minnesota TBI Advisory Council
  • Member, Rochester Area Brain Injury Community Committee (1998 to 2009)
  • Backup recruiter for all subjects for local and national TBIMS studies since 1998
  • Form I certified and trained in Functional Independence Measure (FIM) and Disability Rating Scale (DRS)
  • Numerous local and regional presentations

Nicole L. Dernbach, Study Coordinator

  • Bachelor of Science in psychology
  • Trained in Functional Independence Measure (FIM) and Disability Rating Scale (DRS)
  • Responsible for CONNECT Trial site specific study
  • Key personnel for TBIMS module studies