In 2002, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation (BIR) were awarded a five-year grant to be a Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (TBIMS) by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). Following re-competition in 2007, the North Texas TBI Model System was awarded an additional 5 year grant by NIDRR (grant #H133A070027). The 16 affiliated Model System centers throughout the United States are responsible for gathering and submitting the core data set to the national database as well as conducting research studies on traumatic brain injury (TBI) both in collaboration with the other centers and within our own site. Through our research we hope to learn more about TBI and about the issues and concerns of people with TBI. Our goals are to improve the outcome and quality of life for people who have had brain injuries and for those who are caring for the person with a TBI.

Research Projects

As Lead Center

North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System
Cynthia B. Dunklin

Baylor Scott and White Institute for Rehabilitation and University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas,


North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System

Research Center Staff

Simon Driver, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator, Project Director

Marie Dahdah, Ph.D.


Rosemary Dubiel, D.O.


Kathleen R. Bell, M.D.

Co-Principal Investigator

Shannon Juengst, PhD