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Craig Hospital Research Staff

Harrison-Felix Picture Cindy Harrison-Felix, PhD - Director of Research Dr. Harrison- Felix has graduate training in Clinical Sciences and Community Medicine, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver. She has more than 30 years experience working in disability and rehabilitation research with an emphasis in TBI and SCI. She serves as the Project Director for the TBI Model Systems National Data and Statistical Center located at Craig Hospital, and is Co-Project Director for the Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury System (RMRBIS), the TBI Model System at Craig Hospital.

Lammertse picture Daniel P. Lammertse, MD - Medical Director of Research Dr Lammertse joined the Craig Hospital Medical Staff in 1981, and served as the hospital’s Medical Director from 1984 to 2008 when he was named Medical Director of Research. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a sub-specialty certification in Spinal Cord Injury. He serves as Co-project Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Cord Injury System, and served as Chair of NIDRR SCI Model Systems Project Directors Committee from 2000 to 2006. His is a past-president of the American Spinal Injury Association and has also served on the American Paraplegia Society Board of Directors and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine . Dr. Lammertse is a Clinical Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Denver, and is internationally recognized as an expert in SCI Medicine.

Charlifue picture Susan Charlifue, PhD - Senior Principal Investigator Dr. Susan (Susie) Charlifue started her career at Craig Hospital in 1976, and completed her doctorate in Health and Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado, Denver in 2004. She is Co-Principal Investigator SCI Model System at Craig Hospital in addition to coordinating several SCI research clinical trials. She is the Principal Investigator for both NIDRR and Department of Defense SCI grants. Since 1990 she has managed and completed seven major investigations of aging with SCI in the US and Great Britain. Susie serves on the Executive Committee of the International SCI Data Sets. She is Chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) and a member of the Editorial and Education Committees of ISCoS. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Spinal Injury Association. Susie serves on the editorial boards for the journals Spinal Cord and Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, and is a Board member of the Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund.

Whiteneck Picture Gale Whiteneck, PhD, FACRM - Senior Principal Investigator Dr. Whiteneck directed the Craig Hospital Research program from October 1982 until February 2013 and has conducted research focusing on the full range of life-time outcomes following disability. He has advocated for full participation in society and quality of life as the primary outcomes appropriate for disability and rehabilitation research. He contributed to the World Health Organizations revised model of disability-the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF)-and he continues to suggest conceptual improvements in the ICF. Dr. Whiteneck and his research team have developed two widely used tools to assess participation in society by people with disability-the Craig Handicap Assessment and Reporting Technique (CHART)-and to assess environmental barriers that restrict full participation-the Craig Hospital Inventory of Environmental Factors. In addition to overall responsibility for research projects, Dr. Whiteneck is the Principal Investigator of the NIDRR-funded SCI Collaborative study " Measuring Rehabilitation Outcomes" . In 2009 Dr. Whiteneck received the Gold Key Award of Merit, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine's highest honor.

Cuthbert picture Jeff Cuthbert, PhD, MSOT, MPH - Principal Investigator Dr. Cuthbert holds a PhD in Clinical Science from the University of Colorado, an MPH in Health Service, Policy and Management from the University of South Carolina, and an MS from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.   He has over 12 years’ experience in disability and rehabilitation research, and has focused his career on the analysis of large datasets and the management of clinical trials.  Dr. Cuthbert serves as co-director of the RMRBIS and principal investigator for site specific projects for the RMRSIS and RMRBIS, as well as numerous epidemiological and analytical projects.

Gerber picture Don Gerber, PsyD - Principal Investigator Dr. Gerber is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Principal Investigator at Craig with over 35 years of clinical experience evaluating and treating individuals who have sustained TBI and/or SCI. He has been the PI or Co-Investigator on prior RMRBIS research projects including; characterization of acute mild TBI, MRI investigation of acute TBI, and vocational-rehabilitation strategies after TBI. He is one of the co-founders of the BIAC, and has served as a consultant for the State of Colorado Workman’s Compensation TBI Task Force.

Braden picture Cindy Braden, MA, CCC - Principal Investigator Ms. Braden is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Healthcare Quality Certification Board. A 35-year veteran of Craig Hospital, she served as the as Director of Speech and Language Pathology for 22 years, before being appointed as the Director of Quality Management, responsible for Accreditation and Quality of Care activities, in 2002. She is the site PI on the Social Competence Study and the Anger Self-Management Study.

Mellick picture Dave C. Mellick, MA - Research IT Project Manager Mr. Mellick has graduate training in Health Psychology and relevant experience in the area of database design and management, and data analysis, including the creation of data-driven risk models and web-based applications. Mr. Mellick has been with Craig Research since 1995. Mr. Mellick is the Director of the Quality Support and Technology Cores for the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems National Data and Statistical Center located at Craig Hospital.

Pretz picture Christopher Pretz, PhD - Lead Biostatistician Dr. Pretz received his PhD in Applied Statistics from the University of Northern Colorado in 2003. He was a tenured faculty member in the Department of Statistics at the University of Wyoming before joining the Research Department at Craig Hospital in 2010. His many methodological interests include the application of linear mixed models and generalized linear mixed models in longitudinal settings, randomized clinical trials, pattern mixture modeling, and propensity adjustment analysis. Currently Dr. Pretz is a member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the American Statistical Association. Dr. Pretz also now serves as the Director of the Statistical/Methodological Core of the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems National Data and Statistical Center located at Craig Hospital.

Rahman picture Rose A. Rahman, MA - Research Database Manager Joining Craig Hospital in July 2012, Rose is the newest member of the Research Department. She is responsible for database development and management for on-going and future research projects at Craig. Rose came to Craig with several years of experience in health services research, research database management, and data manipulation & analysis skills. Throughout her career at the University of Colorado, she has worked with the Colorado Area Health Education Center (AHEC), the Colorado Health Institute (CHI) and The Colorado Trust in developing Colorado Health Workforce Database; The Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in managing and manipulating data for the Infant Study; and the Institute for Behavioral Genetics (IBG) in developing and managing a central database for their multisite Center for Antisocial Drug Dependence. Rose earned a master degree in Technology Management from the University of Denver and a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Hawley picture Lenore Hawley, MSSW, LCSW, CBIST - Research Clinician Ms. Hawley has worked with individuals with TBI for more than 30 years providing clinical services, program development, advocacy and research. She completed advanced training as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer (CBIST),  and is the author of A Family Guide to the Head Injured Adult, Self Advocacy for Independent Life, and co-author of Group Interactive Structured Treatment-GIST: for Social Competence. Ms. Hawley is currently Co-Principal Investigator for a RMRBIS study on psychological well-being, Principal Investigator for the Self Advocacy study, and serves as Co-Investigator and Co-Director of Intervention, Training and Dissemination on a Department of Defense multi-site grant on social competence. In addition, she provides group therapy for civilians with TBI, and for soldiers and veterans with TBI and PTSD through her private practice.

Morey picture Clare E. Morey, MA CCC-SLP - Research Clinician Ms. Morey has been at Craig Hospital since 1996 working first as a Speech- Language Pathologist for five years before transitioning into a position in the research department. Ms. Morey received her BA in Psychology from College of the Holy Cross in 1984 and her MA in Communication Disorders from University of Colorado in 1995. Ms. Morey currently serves as a co-investigator and study coordinator for a number of clinical trials in the area of traumatic brain injury. Additionally, Ms. Morey serves as the IRB coordinator for all research projects at Craig Hospital.

Newman picture Jody Newman, MA, CCC - Research Clinician Ms. Newman is a Speech-Language Pathologist with more than 30 years specializing in the area of brain injury rehabilitation. She joined Craig Hospital in 1998 and joined the Craig Research Department in 2002 as a Clinical Research Liaison. She is the co-author of Group Interactive Structured Treatment-GIST: for Social Competence. Currently, Ms. Newman serves as Co-Investigator and Director of Intervention, Training and Dissemination on a Department of Defense multi-site grant on Social Competence, studying the effectiveness of the GIST intervention. In addition, she serves as the Cultural Competence Coordinator for the TBI Model Systems National Data and Statistical Center. Ms. Newman continues to provide speech, language and cognitive therapy for individuals with TBI, as well as social competence group therapy for civilians, soldiers and veterans with TBI and PTSD through her private practice.

Coker picture Jennifer Coker, MPH - Research Associate Ms. Coker has worked in the field of traumatic spinal cord injury and brain injury since 1997. Ms. Coker obtained a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in May 2001, where she won the James W Alley Award for Outstanding Service to Disadvantaged Populations. She has presented research at national conferences of the American Spinal Injury Association, American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers, the American Public Health Association, and the American Psychological Association. In addition, Ms. Coker has won several awards for research presentations and publications. She has been a Research Associate at Craig Hospital since April 2012 and works primarily with the TBI and SCI Model Systems projects.

Cusick picture Chris Cusick, MHA - Research Associate Mr. Cusick joined the Craig Hospital Research Department in 1998, and received his Masters of Health Administration degree in 2011. He serves as the Data Manager for the Traumatic Brain Injury Models Systems (TBIMS) National Data and Statistical Center, providing technical assistance, training, and consultation for 16 TBIMS and 4 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Polytrauma Rehabilitation centers. Mr. Cusick also serves as a Study Coordinator and Data Manager on the Anger Self-Management in Post-Acute Traumatic Brain Injury Multi-Center Clinical Trial.

Noble picture Kendy Noble, BS - Senior Research Assistant Ms. Noble received her degree in Sociology at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has been an employee of Craig Hospital since 1993, joining the research staff in 1998. Ms. Noble has worked in health care for 25 years, and in addition to Research Interviewing has experience in Health Information Management. She has been responsible for data collection on several TBI and SCI studies, and was the Project Coordinator for the RMRBIS module "The Natural History of Headaches After TBI". She currently serves as a Quality Support Liaison for the Traumatic Brain Injury Models Systems (TBIMS) National Data and Statistical Center, providing training, and consultation for 16 TBIMS and 4 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Polytrauma Rehabilitation centers.

Solnick picture Susan Solnick, RHIT - Senior Research Assistant Ms. Solnick, has been with the Craig Research Department since 1980. She coordinates the National Database participation for the Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Injury System overseeing all enrollment and data collection.

Baker picture Christina Baker, BA - Research Assistant Ms. Baker received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has been an employee of Craig Hospital since 2007. Since joining the research department in 2009, Christina has been primarily involved with recruitment and data collection for various TBI and SCI projects. Currently, she is the data collector for the NIH-funded, multi-center clinical trial “Anger Self-Management Training in Post-Acute Traumatic Brain Injury”, as well as for the site-specific clinical trial “Re- inventing Yourself after SCI”. She is also a research assistant for the TBI National Data and Statistical Center. Additionally, Ms. Baker assists with the IRB coordination of local research projects.

Beck picture Laura R. Beck, BA - Research Assistant Ms. Beck received her Bachelor's degree in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  She joined the research department in 2008 and is the study coordinator for the “Treatment for Social Skills in Military Veterans, Service Members and Civilians with Traumatic Brain Injury”, the “Home-Based Virtual Reality Treatment for Chronic Balance Problems in Adults with TBI”, and the “Effects of FES Elliptical Training on Chronic Incomplete SCI Individuals”.

Huey picture Sara Huey, MA - Research Assistant Ms. Huey received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Wartburg College in 1998 and her Masters in Business Administration from Argosy University in 2009. She has been an employee of Craig Hospital since 2007, joining the research staff in 2009. Currently she is working on medical record abstracting for the “Measuring Rehabilitation Outcomes” SCI study, as well as projects for the Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury System and the TBI National Data and Statistical Center.

Janeway picture Caroline Janeway, BS - SCI Research Assistant Ms. Janeway received her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Dance from Colorado College in May of 2011. She began working part-time at Craig Hospital as a Research Assistant in December of 2013. She currently conducts 1-year and 2-year follow-up interviews for the “Spinal Cord Injury – Quality of Life” (SCI-QOL) study.

Hanks picture Angie Philippus, BA - Research Assistant Ms. Philippus received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She began volunteering in the Craig Hospital Research Department in 2009 where she assisted with data entry and data quality checks. In the same year she formally joined the research team and became a Research Assistant in the department. Currently, Angie is conducting participant follow-up interviews for the Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury System (RMRBIS) and is the Research Assistant for the Department of Defense funded Social Competence grant.