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Shannon Juengst is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Applied Clinical Research. She completed her Masters in Rehabilitation Science, with an emphasis on Rehabilitation Counseling and a certificate in Assistive Technology, at the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. She later began her doctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh in 2009, graduating with a PhD in Rehabilitation Science in 2012. She then completed 3.5 years of post-doctoral training in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh that focused on biomarkers of emotional and behavioral outcomes after TBI. In January of 2017, she moved across the country with her husband and two young boys to begin a new adventure at UT Southwestern.;

Dr. Juengst’s overarching research program will improve the lives of individuals with neurological disorders and their care partners. Most of her work focuses on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), with secondary foci in stroke and care partners of adults with acquired and neurodegenerative conditions. Dr. Juengst seeks to develop, test, and implement effective methods for monitoring and improving emotional and behavioral problems that individuals experience as they live in the community through the following research areas:  

  • Developing more effective and efficient methods for monitoring individuals long-term and implementing behavioral interventions to manage behavioral, cognitive, and emotional problems across the continuum of their lives.
  • Investigating self-management interventions for care partners of adults with neurological disorders, including TBI, stroke, spinal cord injury, and Alzheimer’s disease to improve their health, well-being, and quality of life.
  • Examining how to best leverage smartphone and other mobile technology to improve health outcomes, particularly for underserved individuals.
  • Minimizing health disparities by including translation and cultural adaptation for Spanish-speaking individuals throughout all her research work.

This multifaceted and patient-centered research program will improve access to care and promote evidence-based assessment and interventions for all individuals with acquired neurological disabilities living in the community and their care partners.

Dr. Juengst has over 15 years of combined experience in research, teaching, and clinical practice, ranging from coordinating intervention trials in traumatic brain injury and stroke in both inpatient rehabilitation and community-based settings to being PI on community-based studies of adults with TBI. She is actively involved in multiple projects in the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems and the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group and Measurement Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group. Dr. Juengst has had extensive training in research design and methodology, including advanced statistics, clinical trials design, and psychometric evaluation in health care research. 

Dr. Juengst/s work is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute for Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Texas Alzheimer's Research & Care Consortium (TARCC), and multiple professional and patient-oriented foundations. 

Dr. Juengst has mentored over 30 students, ranging from undergraduate to doctoral level trainees, and including residents or fellows. She has taught 15+ courses on subjects such as rehabilitation counseling, human development, neurorehabilitation theory and practice, evidence-based practice, and practical issues in disability. She is currently the primary mentor for three PhD students in the UT Southwestern Applied Clinical Research PhD program and completed the UT Southwestern Center for Translational Medicine’s Mentoring Excellence for Developing Leaders program from 2018-2019. Her teaching and mentorship has been recognized with the Rehabilitation Counseling Outstanding Education Award in 2018 and the Applied Clinical Research Excellent Mentor Award in 2020.

Education

Undergraduate
Hope College (2001), Psychology
Graduate School
University of Pittsburgh (2007), Rehabilitation Counseling
Graduate School
University of Pittsburgh (2012), Rehabiliation Science

Research Interest

  • Behavior as the link between neurological injury and long-term outcomes after traumatic brain injury
  • Community-based interventions and outcomes for individuals with traumatic brain injuries
  • Emotional and behavioral outcomes and and assessment after traumatic brain injury
  • Mobile health in rehabilitation: research and innovation for improving assessment and intervention
  • Problem-Solving Training for Adults with Acquired Brain Injury
  • Problem-Solving Training for Care Partners of Adults with Neurological Conditions

Publications

Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Post-traumatic epilepsy associations with mental health outcomes in the first two years after moderate to severe TBI: A TBI Model Systems analysis.
Juengst SB, Wagner AK, Ritter AC, Szaflarski JP, Walker WC, Zafonte RD, Brown AW, Hammond FM, Pugh MJ, Shea T, Krellman JW, Bushnik T, Arenth PM Epilepsy Behav 2017 Jun 73 240-246
Test-Retest Reliability of Traumatic Brain Injury Outcome Measures: A Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Study.
Bogner JA, Whiteneck GG, MacDonald J, Juengst SB, Brown AW, Philippus AM, Marwitz JH, Lengenfelder J, Mellick D, Arenth P, Corrigan JD J Head Trauma Rehabil 2017 Feb

Honors & Awards

  • ACRM Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award
    (2020)
  • American Congress of Rehabilitatoin Medicine, Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group, Deborah Lee Price Girls and Women with ABI Taskforce Poster Award
    (2020)
  • UT Southwestern Department of Applied Clinical Research Excellent Mentor Award
    (2020)
  • American Congress of Rehabilitatoin Medicine, Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group, Deborah Lee Price Girls and Women with ABI Taskforce Poster Award
    (2018)
  • UT Southwestern Rheabiliation Counseling Outstanding Educator Award
    (2018)
  • ACRM BI-ISIG Early Career Travel Scholarship
    Scholarship awarded to an early career member of the ACRM BI-ISIG to attend the mid-year meeting. (2017)
  • Nominee for the Nancy Caroline Fellowship Award
    University of Pittsburgh Safar Center for Resuscitation annual award recognizing a post-doctoral fellow making significant contributions to the field of rehabilitative medicine. (2016)
  • NIH Clinical Loan Repayment Program
    (2014-2021)
  • ACRM BI-ISIG Early Career Travel Scholarship
  • American Congress of Rehabilitatoin Medicine, Measurement Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group, Early Career Best Poster

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Department of Applied Clinical Research (2020)
  • Society for Behavioral Medicine (2020)
  • Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (2017)
  • Department of Rehabilitation Counseling (2017-2020)
  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (2011)
  • American Psychological Society, Division 22 (2011)