Tessa Hart, PhD is Scientist Emerita at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) in Elkins Park, PA, and Research Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. Dr. Hart received her PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Houston and devoted the first portion of her career to clinical service and program development for patients and families affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI). She joined MossRehab Hospital’s Drucker Brain Injury Center in 1991, and in 1999 she accepted a position as a full-time Institute Scientist at MRRI. There she directed the TBI Clinical Research Laboratory and, from 2002 to 2019, the NIDILRR-funded Moss TBI Model System.
Dr. Hart has published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on TBI outcomes, treatments, and related topics. Her treatment interests focus on creating and testing interventions to improve executive function and emotional status using theoretically based self-regulation models. She has also studied vocational rehabilitation for TBI and the use of assistive technology for cognition and is co-creator of the Moss Attention Rating Scale. Dr. Hart has special interest and expertise in clinical trials methodology and has been involved for more than a decade in the effort to develop systems for specifying the active ingredients of rehabilitation. In addition to NIDILRR, her work has been funded by the NIH and other sources.
Dr. Hart is a Fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology. She was a President of APA Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) and has held several leadership roles within ACRM, as well as multiple positions on peer review panels, Editorial Boards, and national and international task forces. Dr. Hart’s work has been recognized by APA’s Diller Award for outstanding research in neurorehabilitation and Roger G. Barker Award for lifetime scientific contributions; the Caveness Award from the Brain Injury Association of America; the Pioneer Award from the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania; and research excellence awards from the Einstein Healthcare Network, Rusk Rehabilitation Institute, and the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine