Since 1982, Shepherd Center has been designated as a national leader in spinal cord injury care and research under the Model Systems of Care by the U.S. Department of Education's National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

The Southeastern Regional SCI Model System at Shepherd Center is the largest of the country's 14 Model Systems of Care for spinal cord injury. The Center has the largest number of new admissions and outpatient visits of all NIDILRR funded facilities. During the last 10 years, Shepherd Center contributed the largest volume of new admission data to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC).

Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System
Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD

Shepherd Center 2020 Peachtree Road NW, Atalanta,


Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System

Research Center Staff

Debrua Coleman, PhD

Research Program Manager

John Lin, MD

Director of SCI Medical Care

James S. Krause, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Marissa Mirecki, MS, OTR/L

Primary Data Collector, Form 1

Terri Robinson,

Primary Data Collector, Form 2