Charlottesville Rehabilitation Programs
Contact InformationDVBIC Charlottesville Rehabilitation Programs
1101-B East High St.
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia
Cmdr. James Blankenship, MSN, U.S. Public Health Service
Cmdr. James Blankenship has more than 18 years of active duty service in the Navy and U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS). He enlisted in the Navy in 1986 and was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy Reserve in 1995. He changed services and became a member of the USPHS in 1998. Blankenship was an administrative officer and a division chief at the Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury before he transferred in December 2011 to DVBIC Charlottesville, where he is the government site director.
Blankenship is a certified family nurse practitioner with more than 15 years of experience in nursing. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of West Virginia in 1995 and his graduate degree as a family nurse practitioner from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 2001. He has been detailed to multiple duty stations during his career, including tours of duty with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Department of Defense.
Jeffrey T. Barth, Ph.D.
Acting Program Manager, Senior Neuropsychologist
Jeffrey T. Barth is a professor and co-director of the Neurocognitive Assessment Laboratory, and section head of Neurocognitive Studies in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, with a joint appointment in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the UVA School of Medicine.
He is also one of the founders and co-directors of the UVA Brain Injury and Sports Concussion Institute, and he is the site director/principal investigator for DVBIC-Charlottesville. He holds the diplomate certification from the American Board of Professional Psychology and the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Barth is past president of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and of the Virginia Psychological Association. He holds the emeritus distinction of the Virginia Psychological Foundation.
He is on the editorial board of 10 scientific journals, has co-authored or edited three books (including The Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Battery: Guide to Interpretation and Clinical Application; and Traumatic Brain Injury in Sports: An International Neuropsychological Perspective), and is an author of more than 200 scholarly articles and book chapters.
In 1992 he was awarded the John Edward Fowler Professorship in Clinical Psychology, an endowed chair in the Eminent Scholars Program. He is the recipient of the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s 2005 Distinguished Neuropsychologist Award for lifetime achievements in the field of Neuropsychology. In 2006, he received the Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychology’s Distinguished Scientific Contributions in Clinical Psychology Award.
Tina M. Trudel, Ph.D.
Tina M. Trudel is the research coordinator/senior scientist at DVBIC-Charlottesville Rehabilitation Programs, where she previously served as site director/principal investigator from 2005 to 2010. Trudel is president/chief operating officer of Lakeview Healthcare Systems Inc., a national leader in brain injury rehabilitation and neurobehavioral treatment for civilians and service members. She provides oversight of Lakeview’s hospital, residential and community-integrated programs nationwide. Among her many roles and responsibilities, Trudel chairs the Brain Injury Long Term Issues Task Force of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the ethics committee of the Brain Injury Association of America. She is a board member of the North American Brain Injury Society, a founding board member of the Blast Injury Institute, and a reviewer for the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research TBI Model Systems. Previously, she was senior research associate for the Institute of Matching Person and Technology and research chair of the JBS International TBI Resource Optimization Center.
Trudel served on the governing board of the American Academy for Certification of Brain Injury Specialists and as postdoctoral supervisor in the Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School from 2000 to 2005. She is an assistant professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and a research collaborator at Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.
She has numerous publications and presentations in the areas of brain injury, rehabilitation, neuropsychology, aging and neurobehavioral treatment. Trudel was the recipient of the Brain Injury Association of America’s 2008 Founder’s Award for her work and advocacy in the field of brain injury rehabilitation.
DVBIC Charlottesville Rehabilitation Programs (previously known as "Lakeview Virginia NeuroCare") provides a real home residence and community-embedded brain injury rehabilitation program. It features comprehensive evaluation, a full multidisciplinary outpatient therapy center, vocational training, individual and family therapy, and innovative community reentry services for active duty military, their dependents and veterans with TBI.
DVBIC Charlottesville is unique in its post-acute vocational training and work reintegration program, which has cooperative arrangements with more than 20 businesses and governmental agencies within the Charlottesville community. Patients can gain practical job skills to return to duty or successfully reintegrate into their home communities. Military vocational placements for those planning to return to duty include the Judge Advocate General School at UVA and the National Ground Intelligence Agency. DVBIC Charlottesville is a national leader in developing treatment modules for community reintegration and evolving use of technology aides. The experienced medical professionals, rehabilitation team, and consulting and support staff promote optimal post-acute recovery.
The DVBIC Charlottesville residential program is based in neighborhood apartments and at the Grove House, a 24-hour supervised, family style home on the residential block of our therapy center, within a few blocks of downtown Charlottesville.
DVBIC Charlottesville programs focus on acquiring skills as a foundation of independent living, community engagement and work reentry. Treatment occurs in our home residence, at the therapy center, and in real world environments to improve learning and optimize life potential. DVBIC Charlottesville addresses real-life goals in home, community, and school or vocational settings. Our transdisciplinary team of rehabilitation professionals works with each program participant to enable self-efficacy and independence after an injury.
DVBIC Charlottesville is near UVA and has consultative relationships with the UVA Medical Center. Several members of the DVBIC Charlottesville professional staff hold faculty appointments at the UVA School of Medicine, which enhances the clinical, vocational, research and teaching components of the DVBIC Charlottesville programs.