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Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, Ph.D., ABPP is a Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Medical College of Virginia Campus. He serves as Director of Virginia's federally designated Traumatic Brain Injury Model System and coordinates VCU Health System outpatient services for families and persons with brain injury. Dr. Kreutzer is a neuropsychologist and family therapist with more than two decades experience developing and implementing brain injury family support services. He has published more than  40 papers on families after brain injury and is the primary developer of the Brain Injury Family Intervention, an empirically based education, skill building, and psychotherapeutic program for families.

Jennifer Marwitz, M.A. is an Associate Professor in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Ms. Marwitz has over twenty years of experience coordinating major research and demonstration projects. She has served as the Project Coordinator for the VCU Traumatic Brain Injury Model System since 1990. Ms. Marwitz has been highly successful in obtaining grant funding for research on families and TBI. She and Jeffrey Kreutzer have co-written twelve funded grants together. In addition, Ms. Marwitz has intimate knowledge of computer database design and administration, data collection, neuropsychological test administration, and quality assurance. Computer skills include database development in Microsoft Access, as well as statistical analysis using SPSS.

In addition to developing the Neurobehavioral Functioning inventory with Drs. Kreutzer and Seel, Ms. Marwitz has co-authored 39 journal articles and book chapters related to TBI, 8 of which specifically relate to families after TBI. She has taught at numerous professional conferences and seminars. Additionally, Ms. Marwitz serves as managing editor for Brain Injury, an international journal focused entirely on research findings and program  development in the field of brain injury.

Herman R. Lukow II, Ph.D., NCC is a postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University. As part of his fellowship he is helping to implement and evaluate interventions for survivors, couples, and families who are recovering from brain injury. In addition, he provides therapy to individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Lukow received a M.Ed. in Marital and Family Therapy and Ph.D. in Counselor Education from The College of William & Mary. Dr. Lukow’s research interests include the design and use of interventions to promote resilience after injury as a way to improve patient outcomes and to improve family and couples functioning. Dr. Lukow is trained in a number of therapeutic interventions which includes prolonged exposure therapy for addressing issues related to post traumatic stress.

Melissa Jackson, B.S., B.A. works as a Research Specialist in Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She primarily works with patients for recruitment, data collection, and follow-up interviews for research purposes on behalf of the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBIMS) Project at VCU. An ongoing study for more than 20 years, the TBIMS Project provides crucial information to help better understand brain injury and recovery. Jackson also serves as the editor for TBI Today, a quarterly publication from TBIMS, and assists with website content. She completed undergraduate work in 2008 with degrees in Psychology and Religious Studies and has completed graduate coursework in Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies.