Center Leadership

Steering Committee

Our center is guided by a Steering Committee comprised of a diverse group of faculty and staff members representing many departments and colleges across UF, a variety of specialties, and clinical as well as basic research.

Department of Neuroscience

Jose F. Abisambra, PhD

Associate Professor; Assistant Dean of Diversity; Co-Director MS In Neuroscience Graduate Program


Department of Clinical and health psychology

Russell M. Bauer, PhD, ABPP

Professor; Director of Brain Rehabilitation Research Center


department of community health and family medicine

Jay Clugston, MD, FAMSSM, CAQSM

Associate Professor; Sports Medicine Fellowship Director


department of Neurology

Steven DeKosky, MD

Professor; Deputy Director, McKnight Brain Institute;


Department of Neurology

Michael Jaffee, MD, FAAN, FANA

BRAIN Center Director; Vice Chair of Neurology

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Fixel CEnter for Neurological Diseases

Alison Kraus, PT, DPT, NCS

Neurologic Physical Therapist, UF Health Rehab at Fixel Center for Neurological Diseases


department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

Carolyn Geis, MD, FAAPMR

Associate Professor; Service Chief for Stroke and Brain Injury Rehabilitation


Department of neurology

Carolina Maciel, MD, MSCR

Assistant Professor; Director Of Research, Division Of Neocritical Care


department of physical therapy

Gordon S. Mitchell, PhD

Preeminence Professor; BREATHE Center Director


department of neurology

Christopher Robinson, DO, MS

Assistant Professor, Division of Neurocritical Care


Department of Bioengineering

Lakiesha N. Williams, PhD

Associate Professor

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Center Administration

Day-to-day center operations are managed by Center Assistant Director, Kate Casey-Sawicki. If you have any questions about the center or would like to discuss center activities/donations, please contact Kate at or via the contact link below.