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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

Preliminary Associations Between Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, Memory Impairment, Functional Cognition, and Depressive Symptoms Following Severe TBI.
Failla MD, Juengst SB, Arenth PM, Wagner AK Neurorehabil Neural Repair 2016 Jun 30 5 419-30
Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Correlates of Anxiety at 1 Year After Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury.
Hart T, Fann JR, Chervoneva I, Juengst SB, Rosenthal JA, Krellman JW, Dreer LE, Kroenke K Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2016 May 97 5 701-7
Genetic Variation in the Vesicular Monoamine Transporter: Preliminary Associations With Cognitive Outcomes After Severe Traumatic Brain Injury.
Markos SM, Failla MD, Ritter AC, Dixon CE, Conley YP, Ricker JH, Arenth PM, Juengst SB, Wagner AK J Head Trauma Rehabil 2016 Jan
Strategy Training Shows Promise for Addressing Disability in the First 6 Months After Stroke.
Skidmore ER, Dawson DR, Butters MA, Grattan ES, Juengst SB, Whyte EM, Begley A, Holm MB, Becker JT Neurorehabil Neural Repair 2015 Aug 29 7 668-76
Acute inflammatory biomarker profiles predict depression risk following moderate to severe traumatic brain injury.
Juengst SB, Kumar RG, Failla MD, Goyal A, Wagner AK J Head Trauma Rehabil 2015 May-Jun 30 3 207-18
Affective state and community integration after traumatic brain injury.
Juengst SB, Arenth PM, Raina KD, McCue M, Skidmore ER Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2014 Dec 93 12 1086-94
Brief report of affective state and depression status after traumatic brain injury.
Juengst SB, Arenth PM, Whyte EM, Skidmore ER Rehabil Psychol 2014 May 59 2 242-6
Using the spina bifida life course model in clinical practice: an interdisciplinary approach.
Dicianno BE, Fairman AD, Juengst SB, Braun PG, Zabel TA Pediatr. Clin. North Am. 2010 Aug 57 4 945-57
Alterations in the hemodynamic response function in cognitively impaired HIV/AIDS subjects.
Juengst SB, Aizenstein HJ, Figurski J, Lopez OL, Becker JT J. Neurosci. Methods 2007 Jul 163 2 208-12
Effects of Depression and Antidepressant Use on Cognitive Deficits and Functional Cognition Following Severe Traumatic Brain Injury.
Failla MD, Juengst SB, Graham KM, Arenth PM, Wagner AK J Head Trauma Rehabil 2016 Nov/Dec 31 6 E62-E73

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)