Maria Mouratidis, Psy.D., chair of the psychology department at College of Notre Dame of Maryland, has been appointed to two external advisory boards of the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.
The external advisory board for the Traumatic Brain Injury Multidisciplinary Research Consortium met for the first time October 16 in Chicago. The external advisory board for the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Multidisciplinary Research Consortium meets November 4 in Atlanta.
Members of these external advisory boards are charged with providing subject matter expertise and to advise the principal investigators who received congressional funding to accelerate and coordinate clinical research in the prevention and treatment of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Dr. Mouratidis was appointed to the boards because of her expertise in traumatic brain injury and psychological health. Prior to joining the faculty at College of Notre Dame, she served as a neuropsychologist, command consultant and subject matter expert for traumatic brain injury and psychological health at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.
Her previous academic appointment was on the faculty of Yale University School of Medicine. While at Yale, Dr. Mouratidis conducted neuroimaging and neuropsychological research, trained fellows, taught and provided clinical services to patients. Prior to her work at Yale, Dr. Mouratidis worked for Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in various clinical and research capacities.
Dr. Mouratidis is called upon frequently as a national expert to conduct trainings on traumatic brain injury for groups such as Federal Executive Board, Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense.
Most recently, Dr. Mouratidis served on a distinguished panel of experts at the third annual TBI Military Training Conference in Washington where Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, provided opening remarks. Dr. Mouratidis’ former patient, Bob Woodruff, the ABC News anchor and reporter who was injured in Iraq, and his wife, Lee, spoke of the family’s experience of recovering from traumatic brain injury. In their book, “In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing,” the Woodruffs’ highlight the impact of Dr. Mouratidis’ clinical work with them in Mr. Woodruff’s recovery from TBI.
Dr. Mouratidis has been invited by the Maryland Psychological Association to conduct a full day of training November 6 on the topic of traumatic brain injury and traumatic stress for Maryland’s mental health professionals.
More than 1.4 million Americans suffer from traumatic brain injury each year, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sports injuries are often the source of a large number of concussions, known as mild TBI, estimated by the CDC at 1.6 to 3.8 million per year. Traumatic brain injury is often referred to as the “signature injury” from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with post-traumatic stress disorder.