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RR&D Brain Rehabilitation Research Center (BRRC)

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Investigators and Staff

Group portrait of BRRC staff
Some of the Many BRRC Contributors to VA Research on Brain Rehabilitation in 2022  (L to R) –  Front row: Jiamei Hou, Nicole Weston, Kelena Klippel, Tamatha Harris, Brigette Cox, Lynn Dirk, Dana Otzel, De Miller-Sellers, Mary Hwang, Larissa Nichols. Middle row: Shigeharu Tsuda, Margaret McCallum, Danielle Leader, Yi Zhang, Abigail Waters, Steven Winesett, Matthew Schiefer, David Clark, Christine Conover, Dorian Rose. Back row: Isabella Nelson, Clayton Swanson, Floyd Thompson, John Williamson, Stephen Nadeau, Joshua Yarrow, William Triggs, Prodip Bose.
map of Florida showing location of the BRRC

Investigators  ~   Emeritus  ~   Support Staff

To expand the science of neurorehabilitation and our understanding of neuroplasticity, the BRRC serves as a nexus for scientists with wide-ranging expertise in neurology, neuroscience, neurorehabilitation, medicine, and physiology; occupational therapy, physical therapy, kinesiology, and speech therapy; psychology and health psychology;  bioengineering, communication sciences, and computer programming. Each of these disciplines makes a unique contribution to understanding normal function and potential pathways to restore function impaired by neurologic injury or disease.  

Most BRRC investigators also have positions at the University of Florida (UF), which is the university affiliate of the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center. Where applicable, a link to investigators' UF information is included (@ UF).  Links to investigator publication lists go to PubMed or the National LIbrary of Medicine (NLM) websites of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  (Note concerning non-VA links.)


Title Interim Director Interim Associate Director Medical Director
Photos Bose Williamson  Triggs
Prodip K. Bose, MD, PhD
Dr. Bose @ UF
Publications List at NLM
John B. Williamson, PhD
Dr. Williamson @ UF
Publications List at NLM
Publication Citations @
Google Scholar
William J. Triggs, MD 
Dr. Triggs @ UF
Publications List at PubMed
& Publication Citations @ Google Scholar
Merit Review and Small Projects in Rehabilitation Research (SPiRE) Investigators

David J. Clark, ScD, Motor Function Research Initiative (RI) - Co-Coordinator
          Dr. Clark@ UF      Publications List at NLM     Citations to Dr. Clark's Publications @ Google Scholar
Ronald Cohen, PhD, Cognition & Emotion RI
          Dr. Cohen @ UF    Publications List at NLM
Jiamei Hou, PhD, Rehabilitation Neuroscience RI
          Publication List at PubMed     Citations to Dr. Hou's Publications @ Google Scholar
Dorian K. Rose, PhD, Motor Function RI Co-Coordinator
          Dr. Rose @ UF    Publications List at NLM     Citations to Dr. Rose's Publications @ Google Scholar
Matthew A. Schiefer, PhD, Rehabilitation Neuroscience  RI
          Publications List at NLM     Citations to Dr. Schiefer's Publications @ Google Scholar
Floyd J. Thompson, PhD, Rehabilitation Neuroscience RI - Coordinator
         Dr. Thompson @UF    Publications List at PubMed
J. Kay Waid-Ebbs, BCBA-D, PhD, Cognition & Emotion RI
         Publications List at PubMed
Kevin K.W. Wang, PhD, Rehabilitation Neuroscience RI
         Publications List at PubMed     Citations to Dr. Wang's Publications @ Google Scholar
Joshua F. Yarrow, PhD, Rehabilitation Neuroscience RI
          Dr. Yarrow @ UF    Publications List at NLM    Citations to Dr. Yarrow's Publications @ Google Scholar

 Name    Clark Cohen Hou Rose  Schiefer  
Portrait Clark Cohen Hou Rose Schieffer
Name  Thompson Waid-Ebbs   Wang Yarrow  
Waid-Ebbs Wang Yarrow  
Career Development (CD) Awardees — CDA-2

Damon G. Lamb, PhD, Cognition & Emotion RI    
          Dr. Lamb @ UF     Publications List at NLM      Citations to Dr. Lamb's Publications @ Google Scholar
Dana M. Otzel, PhD, Rehabilitation Neuroscience RI      
          Dr. Otzel @ UF      Publications List at NLM     Citations to Dr. Otzel's Publications @ Google Scholar
Sutton B. Richmond, PhD 
          Dr. Sutton @ UF     Publications List at PubMed     Citations to Dr. Richmond's Publications @ Google Scholar
Clayton W. Swanson, PhD, Motor Function RI
          Dr. Swanson @ UF    Publications List at NLM     Citations to Dr. Swanson's Publications @ Google Scholar

Career Development Applicants

Abigail B. Waters, PhD
        Dr. Waters @ UF     Publications List at NLM     Citations to Dr. Waters's Publications @ Google Scholar
Nicole M. Weston, PhD
        Publications List at NLM     Citations to Dr. Weston's Publications @ Google Scholar

 Name        Lamb        Otzel    Richardson      Swanson          Waters        Weston
Portrt Lamb Otzel Richmond Swanson   Waters Weston


Russell M. Bauer, PhD, Director 2019-2023
          Dr. Bauer @ UF    Publications List at PubMed
Janis J. Daly, PhD, Director 2011-2019       
          Publications List at PubMed     Citations to Dr. Daly's Publications @ Google Scholar
Stephen E. Nadeau, MD, Medical Director 2003-2016 and Cognition RI Investigator
          Dr. Nadeau @ UF    Publication List at PubMed     Citations to Dr. Nadeau's Publications @ Google Scholar
Kenneth M. Heilman, MD, Medical Director 1999-2002 and Cognition RI Investigator
          Dr. Heilman @ UF     Publications List at PubMed     Citations to Dr. Heilman's Publications @ Google Scholar
Leslie J. Gonzalez-Rothi, PhD, Director 1999-2011
          Dr. Gonzalez-Rothi @ UF    Publications List at PubMed

Name Bauer Daly Nadeau  Heilman Gonzalez-Rothi   
Portrait Bauer headship Janis J. Daly Nadeau Heilman Dr. Gonzalez-Rothi   

Support Staff

Administrative Staff

Administrative Officer:  Margaret McCallum 
Health Systems Administrator:  Yi Zhang, PhD /
Program Specialist:    Tammy Harris
Program Specialist:    Danielle Leader
Research Assistant/Dissemination:  Lynn Dirk, MAMC       Publication List @ Google Scholar

Other Support Staff

Research Clinic Manager Interim Contact:  Margaret McCallum
Biomedical Engineer:   Michael Monaldi, MS
Other Research Staff
    Christine Conover
    Brigette Cox, BSBA
    Alex Heath      
    Tikahari Khanal, BS
    Monique Leinen, BS
    Dolores Miller-Sellers, PT, DPT, LSVT, AIB-VR
    Larissa Nichols
    Erin Trifilio, PhD
    Steven Vo, BS
    Steven Winesett, BS

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