The Robert L. Moody Prize
for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation
2018 Moody Prize Recipient
Mark Sherer, PhD, ABPP, FACRM
Mark Sherer, Ph.D. is Senior Scientist and Associate Vice President for Research at TIRR Memorial Hermann. He is Clinical Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Sherer is a board certified neuropsychologist with over 30 years' experience as a clinician, educator, investigator, and administrator.
Dr. Sherer's clinical work primarily focused on community integration for persons with brain injury. He developed and directed the first programs of this type in Alabama and Mississippi. Dr. Sherer extended the approaches developed by Drs. Yehuda Ben-Yishay and George Prigatano by emphasizing interventions in the workplace and home environment.
Dr. Sherer's research has focused on factors that affect outcome after traumatic brain injury and interventions to improve outcomes. Areas addressed have been impaired self-awareness including development of a measure of self-awareness, prediction of employment outcomes, acute confusion in early recovery, creation of a measure of confusion, a new approach to integrating performance on cognitive measures, symptom reports, and performance validity to guide treatment for persons with traumatic brain injury, and leadership of a project to establish a case definition for the post-traumatic confusional state.
Dr. Sherer provides overall guidance to research programs at TIRR Memorial Hermann including management of over 29 million dollars in grants. Dr. Sherer’s research has been funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and Administration for Community Living National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research since 1991. He has served as a TBI Model Systems Project Director since 1998.
Dr. Sherer has published over 150 peer reviewed articles and book chapters as well as a book on traumatic brain injury. His contributions have been recognized with the TBI Model Systems Mitchell Rosenthal Award for National Database Research, the American Psychological Association Leonard Dillard Award for Contributions to Neurorehabilitation, the Brain Injury Association Williams Fields Caveness Award for Contributions to Improved Life for Persons with TBI, and the American Psychological Association Howard Yuker Award for Excellence in Research as well as election as Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, American Psychological Association, and American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.