Our Research Partners

Dr. Jim Misko

Dr. Jim Misko
Dr. Jim Misko

As co-owner and president of CORE Health Care, Dr. Misko has specialized in neuropsychology for the past 20 years. He has committed his time and energy to helping improve the quality of life for people who have survived traumatic brain injuries and other neurological disorders.

Besides coordinating treatment at CORE and a number of other local programs, Dr. Misko lectures nationally and throughout Texas endeavoring to raise awareness of brain injury-related issues. In appreciation of these efforts, the Brain Injury Association of Texas awarded him the 2003 Professional Contribution of the Year. Dr. Misko is currently a board member of the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), as well as chair of the Academy for Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS), a standing committee of BIAA. Dr. Misko received his doctorate from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1988 and is licensed as a clinical psychologist.

Dr. Erin Bigler

Dr. Erin Bigler
Dr. Erin Bigler

Erin D. Bigler is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University (BYU), where he served as chair of the Psychology Department from 1996 through 2002. In 1990, he established the Brain Imaging and Behavior Laboratory at BYU, which studies the role of neuroimaging variables in cognitive and neurobehavioral disorders such as traumatic brain injuries, neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and learning disabilities, anoxic brain injuries and other acquired injuries of the brain as well as aging and Alzheimer's disease. In addition to this, he is an adjunct professor of psychiatry for the University of Utah and a faculty member of The Brain Institute at the UofU.

Dr. Bigler is currently a licensed psychologist in the states of Utah, Texas, and Arizona, practicing in the area of clinical neuropsychology, and holds a diplomate from the American Board of Professional Psychology with special competence in clinical neuropsychology. Along with having written several neuropsychological tests, he has authored and/or edited 9 textbooks and published over 270 peer-reviewed articles. He served as associate editor of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society (JINS) for 11 years and sits on the editorial board of several other neuropsychology journals. In 1999, he received the Distinguished Clinical Neuropsychologist Award from the National Academy of Neuropsychology. In that same year, he was also the recipient of the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award, Brigham Young University’s top faculty honor. From 1989-1990, Dr. Bigler served as president of the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN). He was formerly a professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Texas, until he returned to Utah in 1990 to assume his current position at BYU.

Eric Makowski

Eric Makowski
Eric Makowski

As co-owner and president of CORE Health Care, Mr. Makowski has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare and residential care industries. In recent years, he has translated his extensive knowledge and experience into significant advocacy efforts for those with brain injuries. In 2005, Mr. Makowski was the driving force behind the successful legislation created to protect and increase the funding for Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services, a state fund that helps Texans with either traumatic spinal cord or brain injury receive rehabilitative therapy.

A certified brain injury specialist, he is active in the healthcare industry and surrounding Greater Austin community through his roles with regional and statewide groups, supporting the rights of Texans with brain injuries. Mr. Makowski served on the Austin Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities and is the current president of the Brain Injury Association of Texas, where he is focused on brain injury awareness and prevention, as well as communicating with statewide legislators to further shape public policy. He also has served on the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services Advisory Committee for the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, (now the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services), and on the Financial Advisory Committee for Hill Country Care, a non-profit nursing home in Dripping Springs. Mr. Makowski received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Michigan State University. In 2007, he was the winner of the Austin Business Journal's "Healthcare Hero Awards".

Other Team Members

  • Mark D. Allen, PhD –an expert in fMRI applications from the Brigham Young Neuroscience Center
  • John Bertelson, MD – neurologist, University of Texas Medical Branch 
  • Alina Fong, PhD – neuropsychologist, University of Texas
  • David Ress, PhD – associate director of the University of Texas Imaging Research Center
  • Shelley Riley, MD – psychiatrist, CORE Health Care
  • Cindy Ivanhoe, MD – physical medicine and rehabilitation physician
  • Glen Luepnitz, Ph D – cellular chemistry nutritionist
  • Soe Aung, MD - sleep medicine specialist