Edward Hines Jr. VAH and Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
Dr. Theresa L. Bender Pape is a Clinical Neuroscientist with the Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration (VA) Research Service and a Research Associate Professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Pape’s research track is neural plasticity in neurorehabilitation of TBI. She started her career by earning her MA in Speech-Language Pathology from Western Michigan University in 1986. She provided speech-language services to persons with TBI for several years. Dr. Pape then completed a pre-doctoral fellowship with the VA Health Services Research and Development Service in 1999 as well as earning her doctorate of public health (Dr. PH) from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1999. Dr. Pape completed a post-doctoral fellowship in 2001 at Northwestern’s Institute for Health Services Research and Policy Studies (IHSRPS), which is an Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program co-sponsored by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) and the National Research Service Awards (NRSA). Dr. Pape was also awarded a Merit Switzer fellowship through NIDILRR. After completing this fellowship in 2001 Dr. Pape went on to receive three consecutive career development awards with the VA RR&D service. First, she received a Research Career Development Award (CDA I) to study rehabilitation measurement and outcomes post severe TBI. She subsequently received an Advanced Research Career Development Award (CDA II) to study advanced neurosciences and neural plasticity. Dr. Pape completed her third award in 2010, a Career Development Transition Award, to specialize in neural plasticity in neurorehabilitation after TBI.
Dr. Pape’s research career objective is to to promote the overall well-being of persons with TBI so they can live long and meaningful lives by conceptualizing and developing interventions to shape and guide CNS repair to ultimately lead to functional recovery after TBI.
Sunday, September 26, 2021
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET