Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Traumatic Brain Injury Seminar

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

Partnerships in Recovery, Partners in Life: Traveling the Path After Traumatic Brain Injury

Saturday, March 9, 2019
8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

UT Southwestern Medical Center
West Campus Building 3, Room 9.406

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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 will focus on people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their care partners.   

Attendees can:

  • Ask questions of experts in the field of brain injury, including doctors, therapists, psychologists, counselors, as well as people with TBI and their families
  • Partake in valuable presentations on TBI topics
  • Discuss important themes related to life, love, and relationships after brain injury

This event has free on-site parking, and a free boxed lunch will be provided.

Surendra Barshikar, M.D. and his team extend a warm welcome to join this discussion on Traumatic Brain Injury and look forward to meeting you. 


Deana Adams, Ph.D., LPC-S; Kathleen Bell, M.D.; Randy Dubiel, D.O.

Understanding Irritability After TBI
Amy Mathews, M.D.

Irritability and aggression after traumatic brain injury can present in various ways and might change over time. This talk will introduce the scientific background for why these types of changes occur.

Mom/Dad Has a TBI: Family Concerns
Karen Brewer-Mixon, Ph.D., CRC

When a person sustains a TBI, there are often major, lasting changes in his/her roles and responsibilities within the family. When the survivor is a parent, these changes can be very hard to navigate for everyone in the family. In this talk, we will examine some of these stressors and discuss possible ways of managing them better.

Working Together as Care Partners
Shannon Juengst, Ph.D., CRC

Family members and friends who support individuals with TBI are often referred to as caregivers.  Not all family members and friends provide direct care to individuals with TBI, such as help with daily activities or medical management, but they might provide emotional and other support. Such support is not a one-way relationship but rather a partnership with the individual with TBI. We will discuss the idea of care partners, why these partnerships are important, and what the needs of care partners are after TBI.

You, Me, and a TBI Makes Three: Communication and Intimacy After TBI
Donna Noorbakhsh, M.S., CCC-SLP, CBIS

This presentation will discuss communication and intimacy as it pertains to individuals living with TBI and their loved ones, as they navigate the rocky road toward recovery. Attendees will achieve a better understanding of how TBI can impact communication and learn strategies to better connect with loved ones.

Dealing with Stress after TBI
Alyssa Jones, M.R.C., CRC, LPC

This presentation will discuss stress and how it relates to TBI. In addition, we will explore several stress management strategies and how they can be incorporated into everyday life.

Couples Talk About Life With a TBI: Group Panel
Moderated by Rochelle Brozgold Ready, L.M.S.W.

Three couples will share their experiences and help others understand what it is like to live with brain injury.

Thrive After TBI
Patti Foster, TBI survivor and author

Persevering through adversity is not an easy choice to make after a brain injury. Patti not only shares her personal story of recovery but challenges others with “life-vitamins” that help her THRIVE through adversity after brain injury. 


Contact Traci Byrd at or 214-645-1708.