Specializing solely in post-acute brain injury since 1982

The Robert L. Moody Prize 2005 Recipient

moody_2005_recipient.jpgThe winner of the 2005 prize was Marilyn Spivak, founder of the Brain Injury Association of America, family advocate.

Marylyn Spivack’s involvement in traumatic brain injury (TBI) began through a personal journey after the injury of her daughter, Deborah Lee Price, in March of 1975. Resources, support and expertise in the treatment and rehabilitation of TBI survivors were virtually non-existent at that time. In 1980 along with her husband Marty and a group of other similarly affected families and professionals, Mrs. Spivack founded and acted as first president of the National Head Injury Foundation, now known as the Brain Injury Association.

Since 1980, Mrs. Spivack has become an advocate for the special needs of TBI survivors as well as raising awareness in safety issues focusing on prevention of head injuries. She has given numerous lectures for hospital, university, and national association and organization conferences and seminars across the U.S. and Canada. She has presented TBI as a national health issue to the media including a recent segment on NBC News and for the American Medical Association program, Medical Rounds. She has been featured in a made-for-TV documentary aired on Public Television, The Journey Back, and on a feature video, If Only, to raise awareness on safety belt use in the prevention of head injuries. In 1991 Mrs. Spivack was featured on CNN's special series focusing on Brain Injury in America, entitled It was an Accident.

In recognition of her contributions to the field of rehabilitation, Mrs. Spivack has received numerous awards. Most recently, she was recognized by President George W. Bush for outstanding Public Service for creating opportunities in employment for people with traumatic brain injury. The Award was given by the President’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities.