Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Traumatic Brain Injury Seminar

Appointment New Patient Appointment or 214-645-8300

UT Southwestern’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is proudly partnering with Hope After Brain Injury (HABI) to provide a free interactive seminar.

Mission Possible: Emotional Wellness After TBI

Due to increasing concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, the decision was made to cancel the conference, originally scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020. That said, we have uploaded the presentations and published online, making them accessible to all registered attendees. We greatly appreciate the enthusiasm and interest everyone has shown toward the event and look forward to seeing you in person next year!

Register now to receive the link to the presentations online.

Supported by the O’Donnell Brain Institute and North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (UT Southwestern and Baylor Scott and White Institute for Rehabilitation), this event focuses on people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their care partners.

Although the conference is now virtual, attendees can:

  • Ask questions of experts in the field of brain injury, including doctors, therapists, psychologists, and counselors, as well as people with TBI and their families by emailing the speaker directly at the email addresses provided within the presentation or emailing Angel Wynne-Steed at, who will direct your questions to the appropriate person(s).
  • Partake in valuable presentations on TBI topics
  • Discuss important aspects of emotional wellness after brain injury as our speakers share their experiences and knowledge in this field

Surendra Barshikar, M.D.  and his team extend a warm welcome to join this discussion on traumatic brain injury virtually and look forward to meeting you next year.


Patti Foster, TBI survivor and author

Brief Welcome
Kathleen Bell, M.D.

Introduction / Anatomy / Physiology
Rosemary Dubiel, D.O.

I Got A Feeling - Using Medications to Manage Emotions After TBI
Shelby Halsey, M.D.

There are many approaches to managing emotions after traumatic brain injury, including pharmacologic intervention. This talk will introduce the various medications prescribed by doctors and which emotions they are targeting.

Let's Get Physical
Megan Sbrochi, PT, DPT

This presentation focuses on the benefits of exercise, yoga, and weight loss on emotional health after a brain injury as well as suggestions of how to incorporate these into your own life.

Counseling Emotional Challenges of Brain Injury
Deana Adams, Ph.D., LPC-S

Depression and anxiety are frequent companions of brain injury. We will tackle these challenges with practical counseling tips that you can apply today!

#RealConvo: Talking About Suicide After TBI
Marlene Vega, Psy.D.

Learn how to handle concerns about suicide and have lifesaving real conversations. 

Mindfulness Over Matter: Relaxation Strategies for Stress Relief
Kathleen Millione, PT, D.P.T., CBIS, and Willa Vo, Psy.D.

Life can be stressful, especially after a brain injury. Let’s practice mindfulness and other relaxation strategies that will give you the tools to reduce day-to-day stress!

Yoga Demonstration
Lan Tran


Contact Angel Wynne-Steed at or 214-648-0592.