The Robert L. Moody Prize
for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury
Research and Rehabilitation
UTMB Health School of Health Professions
The Transitional Learning Center of Galveston
2011 Moody Prize Recipient
James F. Malec, Ph.D.
F. Malec, Ph.D. is Professor and Research Director in the Department of Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation, Indiana University Medical School and the
Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana. He obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical
Neuropsychology from the University of South Dakota including a clinical
internship at the Milwaukee Veterans Administration Center. He completed
postdoctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison with Dr. Charles Matthews. He is Board Certified in Clinical
Neuropsychology and in Rehabilitation Psychology through the American Board of
Professional Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Congress of
Rehabilitation Medicine and of the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Malec has held faculty appointments at the University
of Wisconsin, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and for 23 years at the Mayo
Clinic-Rochester, Minnesota where he remains an Emeritus Professor. During
his tenure at Mayo, he was Director for the NIDRR-funded TBI Model System
from 1999-2008 and Co-chair of the Division of Tertiary Psychiatry and
Psychology. He has over 120 peer-reviewed publications as well as other
professional publications and continues to conduct research in brain injury
rehabilitation. His past work in the area of brain injury has included
development and investigation of holistic day programming for individuals
with pervasive cognitive and behavioral impairments, vocational
reintegration through effective service coordination, and development of the
Mayo-Portland Adaptability Inventory with Dr. Muriel Lezak for assessment of
postacute outcome. He has made numerous presentations related to his
research throughout the world. He is active in both lay and professional
groups involved with the concerns of people with brain injuries, including
the Brain Injury Association, the American Congress of Rehabilitation
Medicine, and the International Neuropsychological Society. He has received
a number of professional recognitions, including the Lowman Award from the
American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine for interdisciplinary
contributions to rehabilitation, the Research Award of the North American
Brain Injury Society, and the Career Service Award from the Brain Injury
Association of Minnesota.
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