Shepherd Center welcomes:

10th Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Leadership Forum

Collaborative Partnerships for Best Practice

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 to Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model Systems Leadership Forum provides an opportunity for the exchange of administrative, clinical, research, and educational ideas and information related to TBI and rehabilitation.

The Forum seeks to enhance TBI rehabilitation services on a national level through participation of member centers representatives serving in leadership, program development or administrative roles. The Forum strongly encourages participant continuity from year to year, thereby strengthening networking potential and ensuring progression toward stated goals. Invitees are limited to staff who hail from current or formerly NIDILRR-funded TBI Model Systems.

Target audience: OT, COTA, PT, PTA, RN and SLP

Activity Level: Advanced

Continuing Education Credits: Learn More

The course is now full and registration has been closed.

Thank you for your interest.

Please direct all registration information, questions and special needs to the Administrative Contact:
Kathryn Farris
Shepherd Center, ABI Program
2020 Peachtree Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30309-1465

Invited Facilities

  • Carolinas Rehabilitation/Carolinas HealthCare System
  • Indiana University/Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
  • JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute
  • Mayo Clinic Traumatic Brain Injury Model System
  • Moss TBI Model System
  • New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (Mt. Sinai)
  • North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (Baylor)
  • Northern California Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (Santa Clara Valley Medical Center)
  • Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System (Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation)
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury System (Craig Hospital)
  • Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Shepherd Center
  • Southeastern Michigan Traumatic Brain Injury System (Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan)
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
  • The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research
  • The Ohio Regional Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (OSU – Dodd Hall)
  • The Virginia Commonwealth TBI Model System
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Traumatic Brain Injury Care System
  • University of Miami/Miller School of Medicine
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (UW and Harborview Medical Center)


Shepherd Center

2020 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

Shepherd Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury and brain injury. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation.

Course Objectives

By the end of the Leadership Forum,


The participant will be able to describe the core minimal competency guidelines for people with Disorders of Consciousness in a rehabilitation setting.


The participant will be able to identify key concepts for patient- and family-centered care within specialty programs.


The participant will be able to outline ways to integrate emerging technologies in current clinical practice.


The participant will be able to generate three examples of how to translate the evidence into clinical practice.

Faculty Speakers

We are pleased to announce the following presenters.

  • Chelsea Day Psy.D.

    A fellowship-trained neuropsychologist, Chelsea has experience working in both the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings with families and individuals who have sustained an ABI.

    Chelsea Day Psy.D. has disclosed no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships.

  • Andrew Cullen Dennison M.D.

    Serving as a physiatrist and the medical director for acquired brain injury at Shepherd Center, Andrew provides care to large numbers of individuals with severe brain injuries. He is a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation with board certification in PM&R and Brain Injury Medicine.

    Andrew Cullen Dennison M.D. has disclosed no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships.

  • Tana Hall M.Ed., LPC

    The family counselor for the inpatient Acquired Brain Injury Program at Shepherd Center, Tana has been helping families cope and live with catastrophic brain injuries. She has been involved with developing curriculum and teaching effective communication using motivational interviewing (MI). Tana has given talks and facilitated workshops about using MI in healthcare and about family systems after trauma and brain injury.

    Tana Hall M.Ed., LPC has disclosed no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships.

  • Steve Macciocchi Ph.D.

    A neuropsychologist and researcher with 35 years of experience, Steve has been a primary investigator and co-investigator on National Institute of Rehabilitation Research grants. He continues to pursue research in the area of sports concussion and unintentional injury following moderate-severe traumatic brain injury. Steve has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on brain injury, including mild brain injury and sports-related concussion. He was a panel member of the CDC Heads Up Concussion initiative and serves as a neutral examiner for the National Football League Player Benefits Program.

    Steve Macciocchi Ph.D. has disclosed no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships.

  • John Morris Ph.D.

    A clinical research scientist at Shepherd Center and project director for User-Centered Research and director of the App Factory for both the Wireless RERC and the LiveWell RERC for ITC Access, he has more than a decade of experience conducting technology-focused, user-centered research. John has published widely and has presented at numerous conferences focused on disability and technology.

    John Morris Ph.D. has disclosed no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships.

  • Kimnesha Polard PT, DPT, NCS

    A physical therapist for 14 years, Kimnesha serves patients in post-acute and inpatient brain injury settings at Shepherd Center. She has presented on multiple clinical topics for staff education and program development, and has taught balance and vestibular rehabilitation at the PT doctoral level.

    Kimnesha Polard PT, DPT, NCS has disclosed no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships.

  • Ron Seel Ph.D.

    Ron has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare-related research with more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and more than 80 published abstracts or presentations. He is collaborating on a project using unobtrusive monitoring technology to assess needs and tailor personalized interventions in the home.

    Ron Seel Ph.D. has disclosed no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships.

  • Gary Ulicny Ph.D.

    Gary is responsible for the overall administration of Shepherd Center, a 152-bed, not-for-profit specialty hospital serving persons with spinal cord injuries, acquired brain injuries and a variety of neuromuscular diseases. Services include intensive care, acute medical, acute rehabilitation, and post-acute and outpatient services. Gary has more than 30 years of experience in rehabilitation with an emphasis on the treatment of people with acquired brain injury, and has published extensively in the area of rehabilitation.

    Gary Ulicny Ph.D. has disclosed no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships.

  • Tracey Wallace M.S., CCC-SLP

    Tracey has more than 15 years of experience using assistive technology for cognition to help people with brain injuries with cognitive-communication impairments function more independently. She is a co-investigator on several active, grant-funded research projects focused on development and testing of emerging technologies for cognitive rehabilitation. Tracey is published and has lectured nationally on outcomes and functional interventions and the use of technology in rehabilitation for brain injury.

    Tracey Wallace M.S., CCC-SLP has disclosed no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships.

  • John Whyte M.D., Ph.D.

    A physiatrist and cognitive psychologist, John has specialized in TBI rehabilitation for more than 30 years. He is the director of Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute and a professor of rehabilitation medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. Much of his research and clinical work has focused on patients with disorders of consciousness. John was part of the Aspen Working Group, which defined the minimally conscious state. He has participated in developing assessment methods for the DOC population, studying their long-term outcomes, and has helped lead studies that demonstrate the efficacy of amantadine hydrochloride and zolpidem in improving consciousness.

    John Whyte M.D., Ph.D. has a financial relationship through consultation fees with LifeMax, Inc., endorsed to Moss Rehabilitation. Dr. Whyte has disclosed no relevant nonfinancial relationships.

Wed, April 13 Thu, April 14 Fri, April 15 Sat, April 16
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Welcome Reception at Center for Civil and Human Rights

100 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30313

Museum tour tickets are available compliments of Shepherd Center.

We suggest you plan to arrive at the museum no later than 3 p.m. RSVP required.

Held at Hilton Garden Inn
8:00 am Welcome and Announcements
8:10 am Advances in Assessing Safety and Independent Living in the Home following TBI Ron Seel, Ph.D.
9:45 am Break
10:00 am An Evidence-Based Approach to Evaluating and Incorporating New Technology Gary Ulicny, Ph.D.
11:00 am Open Forum
12:00 pm Lunch provided
1:00 pm Minimal Competency Guidelines for Disorders of Consciousness John Whyte, M.D., Ph.D.
2:30 pm Open Forum
3:15 am Break
3:30 pm Paroxysmal Sympathetic Hyperactivity: Perspectives on Diagnosis & Treatment Andrew Dennison, M.D.
4:30 pm Roundtable 1 Concludes at 5:30 pm
Held at Shepherd Center
7:30 am Bus departs Hilton Garden Inn for Shepherd Center
8:30 am Sexuality and Intimacy following Brain Injury Chelsea Day, Psy.D. Kimnesha Polard, PT, DPT, NCS
9:30 am Tour of Shepherd Center/Break
10:30 am Sentimental Heart or Skeptical Mind: State of mTBI Science Steve Macciocchi, Ph.D.
11:30 am Open Forum
12:00 pm Lunch Provided
1:00 pm Emerging Technologies in Cognitive Rehabilitation John Morris, Ph.D. Tracey Wallace, M.S., CCC-SLP
2:00 pm Open Forum
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm RoundTable 2
4:15 pm Bus departs Shepherd Center for Hilton Garden Inn
Held at Hilton Garden Inn
8:00 am Business Meeting
9:15 am Break
9:30 am Open Forum
10:30 am Supporting Family System Success after Brain Injury Tana Hall, M.Ed., LPC
11:30 am Question & Answer
11:45 am Handoff to Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan
12:00 pm Adjourn
*Schedule subject to change



Overnight parking is $28/day for valet parking and $22/day for self-parking. Daily parking is $10 per visit for up to 8 hours.

We’ve reserved a room block for April 13-16, 2016 for $169 per night + tax, which includes breakfast for each guest, at:

Hilton Garden Inn – Atlanta Downtown 275 Baker Street Atlanta, GA 30313
Phone 404-577-2001

Please make your hotel reservations at Hilton Garden Inn – Atlanta Downtown by March 23, 2016 to qualify for the group rate. The group name is Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Leadership Forum/Shepherd Center.

Amenities in each room include: mini fridge, microwave, Keurig coffee maker and complimentary WiFi. The hotel also has two rooftop pools, a sundeck, outdoor Jacuzzi whirlpool and a fitness center.

All rooms will be available for check-in by 3 p.m.; checkout time is 11 a.m.

Travel and Transportation

Atlanta's airport is Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport and is located about 8 miles south of downtown Atlanta.

MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) operates both rapid rail and bus networks in the city of Atlanta. A single ride on MARTA costs $2.50, which gives you a Breeze Card and includes transfers. Unlimited ride passes are available ($9 for 1 day, $19 for 4 days, $23.75 for 7 days). These will easily save you money if you plan on making more than one or two trips per day.

Continuing Education Credits

Shepherd Center, Inc. is an approved provider (#9116) of continuing education units by the American Occupational Therapy Association. This program is approved for 0.90 AOTA CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course content is advanced. Activity type for OTs/COTA: Category 2 Occupational Therapy Process and Category 3 Professional Issues.

This activity has been submitted to Alabama State Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. Alabama State Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

An application has been submitted to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy through ProCert and is pending approval for PTs and PTAs.

This course is offered for 0.9 ASHA CEU's (Advanced Level; Professional Area)

Proficiency Statement: To obtain continuing education credits for this course, you must attend the entire course, participate in lab activities, and complete all required course evaluations, self-assessments, and pre- and post-tests.

Special Assistance: Should you require special assistance, please contact the administrative contact prior to the course.

Please direct all registration information, questions and special needs to the Administrative Contact:

Kathryn Farris
Shepherd Center, ABI Program
2020 Peachtree Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30309-1465

Refund and Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your participation in this course, your registration fee, less a $25 administrative fee, will be refunded. Refund requests should be made in writing to the administrative contact. No refunds will be made after April 1, 2016. Canceled registrations are nontransferable.

Shepherd Center reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event Shepherd Center must cancel or postpone this event, Shepherd Center will refund the entire registration cost, but is not responsible for related costs, charges or expenses to participants, including fees associated with airfare/travel/lodging.

Complaint Policy: Shepherd Center, Inc., seeks to uphold high quality in all professional CE course offerings. If you complete or attend a course taught by Shepherd Center, Inc., and believe the course did not meet the advertised, stated objectives, please submit a written complaint via email to: within one week of completing or attending the course. Shepherd Center, Inc., will investigate your complaint. If both parties agree that the advertised course objectives were not met, your registration fees will be refunded in full, within 30 days of the course date.

Shepherd Center has no liability or responsibility for refunds/fees associated with travel expenses incurred as a result of attendance to the CE course that is believed to be unsatisfactory.