A Community Collaboration Between IU Health and St. Vincent

Research Team

Dawn Neumann, PhD

Dawn Neumann, PhD, has her M.A. in Psychology from Rutgers, NJ and a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science from the University at Buffalo, SUNY. She is currently Assistant Research Faculty at IU School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Clinical Research Faculty at Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana. Dr. Neumann’s research primarily focuses on understanding and treating a variety of emotional processing and regulation problems after brain injury (BI). She is particularly interested in studying: 1) reasons why people with BI have difficulty recognizing how other people feel, and ways to better treat these deficits; 2) if and how anger/ aggression after BI might be influenced by impaired emotion recognition and misinterpretation of others’ behavior; 3) deficits generating emotions, emotional self-awareness, and understanding ones’ own emotions; 4) connections between emotion processing deficits, empathy, and interpersonal relationships; and 5) emotion and communication treatments to improve marital relationships after BI. Dr. Neumann has recently been awarded with the Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Fund, and the Mary E. Switzer Merit Fellowship to study anger and aggression after TBI.

Summer Ibarra, PhD

Summer Ibarra, PhD is a Rehabilitation Psychologist at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana’s comprehensive outpatient brain injury NeuroRehabilitation Center. She received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University and completed her internship in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Her clinical time is divided between the departments of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology and Resource Facilitation. Her role in the department of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology includes neuropsychological assessment and intervention for individuals affected by brain injury, including individual, family and group psychoeducational and psychotherapy services. As part of the Resource Facilitation department, Dr. Ibarra serves as the Associate Director and clinical supervisor for staff working with individuals with brain injuries that are working toward achieving their vocational goals. In addition to these clinical and administrative duties, Dr. Ibarra is also heavily involved in research activities including serving as co-investigator on several grant-funded studies and projects. She is co-developer and co-author, with Dr. Samantha Backhaus, of the evidence-based manaulized group intervention, titled Brain Injury Coping Skills (BICS) Group. She is an active member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, has authored several referred publications, and has presented numerous times to national and international audiences on topics related to brain injury rehabilitation.

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