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BIAA Announces 2015 Award Winners


Each year, BIAA presents the William Fields Caveness Award in recognition of an individual who, through research on both a national and international level, has made outstanding contributions to bettering the lives of people who have sustained brain injury.

This year’s winner is Dr. Mark Sherer. Dr. Sherer is senior scientist, director of research, and director of neuropsychology at TIRR Memorial Hermann. He is also clinical professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine and UTHealth in Houston. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Sherer has made major contributions both to development of clinical services for individuals with brain injury and to research designed to inform clinical care. He himself is a consummate brain injury clinician and rehabilitation neuropsychologist who is board certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).  In his years of practice, he has provided compassionate and state-of-the-science clinical care to countless individuals with brain injury and their families. Perhaps more significantly, he has expanded his capacity to provideexceptional care through the creation of leading edge rehabilitation programs, the development of a number of important lines of clinical research, and training students and junior faculty in both clinical and research methods

The Sheldon Berrol, M.D. Clinical Service Award recognizes the individual who, through a long service career, has made outstanding contributions to improving the quality of care, professional training and/or education in the field of brain injury.

Dr. Keith Cicerone, the 2015 winner, is the Director of Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology at the JFK-Johnson Rehabilitation Institute and New Jersey Neuroscience Institute, JFK Medical Center. He has been the Clinical Director of the Cognitive Rehabilitation Department at JFK-Johnson Rehabilitation Institute since 1985.  In this capacity, he developed and continues to sustain the JFK Center for Head Injuries – a comprehensive, holistic, multidisciplinary cognitive rehabilitation program that aims to address the multifaceted needs of individuals with brain injuries and their families throughout the continuum of care (from the time of injury to community reintegration, and beyond).  In addition to providing much needed clinical services, Dr. Cicerone’s program is devoted to the ongoing development and validation of new treatment approaches based on emerging scientific evidence.   

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