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Jeffery Kreutzer

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Practical Approaches to Working with Families after Brain Injury: An Illustrated Guide


Dr. Jeffrey S. Kreutzer completed his doctoral degree in Psychology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio (1982). He is a tenured (Full) Professor with appointments in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College (VCUMC) of Virginia Campus in Richmond. In Winter 2009, he accepted an endowed VCU Professorship in PM&R named in honor of Rosa Schwarz Cifu. Kreutzer first came to VCUMC as a postdoctoral fellow in September 1982 after completing a specialized internship in Neuropsychology and Family Therapy with Dr. Muriel Lezak at the Portland, Oregon Veterans Administration Medical Center. He accepted an invitation to join Virginia Commonwealth University’s medical school faculty in the Fall of 1983.

Board certified in rehabilitation psychology (ABPP), Dr. Kreutzer has more than two decades of clinical experience as a brain injury rehabilitation specialist. He was a founding member of the Virginia Head Injury Foundation, now known as BIAV. Since 1987, he has served as the Director of Virginia’s federally designated Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (TBIMS). Dr. Kreutzer has substantial experience conducting clinical research, having received support from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, National Institute of Health, Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative, and private industry. As VCUMC’s Director of Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology, Dr. Kreutzer coordinates the delivery of psychological and neuropsychological services to persons with a wide variety of neurological disabilities. His practice emphasizes holistic rehabilitation, learning and skills training, self-advocacy, long-term needs, psychotherapy, return to work, and family intervention

Dr. Kreutzer has extensive experience developing clinical and community based programs for persons with brain injury. For example, in 1986 he and Dr. Paul Wehman received a federal grant to adapt supported employment methods for persons with brain injury. Their successful program development along with very positive outcome data has helped make supported employment the “standard of care” for employment services in Virginia. More recently, Dr. Kreutzer has been developing community based education, skills training, and psychological support programs with a grant from NIDRR. Working with consumers and professionals, he has developed programs to help consumers cope with loss and change, improve communication skills, improve problem solving skills, and better manage stress and intense emotions. Recent outcome data provides very positive indications of program success.

Dr. Kreutzer has received a number of awards for his work. For example, in 1994, he received the Sheldon Berrol Clinical Service Award from The National Head Injury Foundation. He has received two awards from the American Psychological Association including the Diller Award for Demonstrated Excellence in the Field of Neurorehabilitation (2005), and the Roger Barker Distinguished Research Contribution Award (2003). In 2002 he received the Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation from the University of Texas Medical Branch.