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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 Rehabilitation Counseling. 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 current work focuses on behavioral and emotional outcomes, investigating biological correlates and predictive biomarkers for behavioral and emotional disorders, and investigating innovative telehealth methods for tracking these outcomes in the community. Her broader research agenda is to engage in translational research that situates behavior at the center of a bench to bedside to community program of research and to investigate behavior and emotion as modifiable targets, between neurological injury and community integration, for rehabilitation intervention.

Dr. Juengst has 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 International Special Interest Group and Measurement Networking 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.


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


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 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)
  • Best Measurement Poster (co-author)
    ACRM Measurement Networking Group's award for the best measurement-related poster. (2016)
  • Best Poster in PM&R
    Safar Center for Resuscitation Research Trainee Day (2016)
  • 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

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (2017)
  • Department of Rehabilitation Counseling (2017)
  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (2011)
  • American Psychological Society, Division 22 (2011)