Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Megan Moore was invited to present her research to The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Accelerating Progress in Traumatic Brain Injury Research and Care. Her presentation is scheduled for March 16. This honor allows her to provide important input on the roadmap for TBI clinical care and research which will impact future treatment protocols. 

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an alteration in brain function caused by an external force and is a major concern in both civilian and military health. This workshop will gather input from public and private experts to assess civilian and military health burdens of TBI; examine the landscape of TBI care and research; and consider gaps and opportunities for improving systems from acute care through rehabilitation and beyond. 

Megan, the Sidney Miller Endowed Associate Professor in Direct Practice, focuses her research on health equity and improving social work practice, as well as health and mental health outcomes for patients after traumatic injury. Her practice experience has been in public health settings, including the emergency department, inpatient hospital and outpatient mental health clinic. In this setting, she observed the devastating effects of traumatic brain injury on a patient’s daily functioning, psychological well-being and family relationships. 

After recognizing the limitations of available psychosocial treatments, she became passionate about contributing to an evidence base for practice with this population. These experiences inspired her current research program and her commitment to training future social workers in effective and integrated intervention strategies.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is the nation’s pre-eminent source of high-quality objective advice on science, engineering and health matters. Top experts are invited to participate in projects to examine and assemble evidence-based findings that address some of society’s greatest challenges.