My Life as a Research Assistant

Research assistants are on the front lines of Kessler Foundation's research studies, collecting data, conducting interviews, testing subjects, and most often are the first friendly faces research participants meet. 


In this podcast series, research assistants from the centers for mobility, spinal


Brianna K. Ali

Research Assistant

Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Mikayla T. Haas

Research Assistant

Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Graduated from Rutgers University-Newark with a bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. Previous research experience includes working at Mount Sinai's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, working with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Mild Cognitively...


Justin Gelman

Research Assistant

Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Research
Cognitive Functioning and Cognitive Rehabilitation Laboratory

Justin is a recent graduate from Duke University where he studied neuroscience. After working in cellular neuroscience research throughout his undergraduate career, he joined the Kessler Foundation to gain experience in clinical research before matriculating to medical school. Justin hopes to be a...


Blake Bichler

Research Assistant

Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Social Cognition: What Is It, and How Does It Impact Persons with TBI?

By Helen Genova, PhD, Assistant Director, Center for Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research, Kessler Foundation




Individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) often face a wide range of challenges, including the ability to connect with others. For many, making or maintaining social