Specializing solely in post-acute brain injury since 1982

The Robert L. Moody Prize 2010 Recipient

dikmen.jpgThe winner of the 2010 Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation is Dr. Sureyya S. Dikmen, PhD.

Sureyya S. Dikmen, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and adjunct professor in the Departments of Neurological Surgery and Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Washington. She trained in neuropsychology with Dr. Ralph M. Reitan, who initially involved her in TBI research. 
 
Dr. Dikmen has devoted her career as a neuropsychologist to the study of TBI with emphasis on the natural history of recovery of neuropsychological, emotional and psychosocial consequences of traumatic brain injury and clinical trials to reduce the negative impacts of these injuries. The clinical trials have included acute clinical trials to prevent post-traumatic seizures and neuroprotection trials to improve overall outcome. Post-acute trials have been aimed at improving functional status and quality of life following TBI.
 
Her long-standing collaborative work with Dr. Nancy Temkin has received a number of awards and has contributed to clinical practice guidelines including those for the management of post-traumatic seizures. She was the recipient of the year 2000 The William Fields Caveness Award for outstanding research contributions towards bettering the lives of persons with traumatic brain injuries awarded by the Brain Injury Association of America. 
 
Dr. Dikmen’s and her collaborators’ work have been disseminated widely in neurological, neurosurgical, neuropsychological, and rehabilitation meetings and journals. She is a Fellow of APA Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology), and the chair of the publication committee of the International Neuropsychological Society. She has been on multiple TBI expert working groups, scientific advisory boards and data and safety monitoring boards for CDC, NINDS, NIDRR, DOD, the Brain Injury Association of America, and Institute of Medicine.