Faculty

Michael Ajluni, M.D.Ajluni

Residency Program Director

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
261 Mack Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48201

Dr. Ajluni joined the physiatry staff at Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in 2011, serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Wayne State University School of Medicine and is the interim program director for the PM&R residency program.

Dr. Ajluni graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. He also earned a master's degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan. Dr. Ajluni's post-graduate training includes a residency in PM&R at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, Wheaton, Ill., and an internship in general surgery at Wayne State University.

Board Certified:
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
American Board of PM&R, Sub-Specialty Brain Injury Medicine

Specialty Interests:
Traumatic Brain Injury
Spasticity
Botox Therapy for movement disorders

Michael Bush-Arnold, M.D.

Assistant Professor (Clinical) FTA
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
261 Mack Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48201

Michael Bush-Arnold, M.D. joined the physiatry staff with Wayne State University Physician Group at Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in 2018. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed his medical degree at the University of Toledo, moving on from there to complete his residency at Emory University in Atlanta. He serves as the attending in charge of the spinal cord injury unit. 

Board Eligible:
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Specialty Interests:
Spasticity management
Peripheral joint injections
Botox therapy for movement disorders

 


Felecia Marshall, P.A.-C, is Certified Physician Assistant who assists the physicians with inpatient spinal cord injury care at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, 261 Mack Ave, Detroit MI 48201.

Marcellinus Dijkers, Ph.D.
Professor
Research Educator

261 Mack Ave, Suite 555
Detroit, MI 48201
Thomas J. Gola, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor FTA
261 Mack Ave, Suite 555
Detroit, MI 48201

Thomas J. Gola, Ph.D. is a staff neuropsychologist for the neuroscience and PM&R service at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and an assistant professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is also a co-investigator with the SEMTBIS project. Dr. Gola received his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in 1994. He has published in the area of effort assessment, traumatic brain injury, and dementia. In addition to neuropsychology, Dr. Gola has wide experience in Behavior Analysis and Therapy. He has a special interest in behavior management of chronic pain. Dr. Gola has been involved with the forensic aspects of neuropsychology and traumatic brain injury. He has served as an adjunct professor in the graduate school of Wayne State University. His current research interests lie with advancing neuropsychological assessment in the differential diagnosis of dementia and the ecological validity of common neuropsychological measures.

Robin Hanks, Ph.D. ABPP

Director of Training & Neuropsychology
Associate Professor (Clinical) FTA

261 Mack Ave, Suite 555
Detroit, MI 48201

Robin Hanks is the Chief of Rehabilitation Psychology & Neuropsychology at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and is also the Director of Training for the predoctoral and postdoctoral training program in Clinical Neuropsychology. She is also the Project Director of the Southeastern Michigan Traumatic Brain Injury System (SEMTBIS), a model system of traumatic brain injury excellence in research and clinical care, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Dr. Hanks is an Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Wayne State University School of Medicine and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology in the Wayne State University School of Science. She received her Ph.D. in 1996 from the Department of Psychology at Wayne State University, completed her APA approved internship at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Physical Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, WA.

Dr. Hanks leads the outpatient clinical neuropsychology rotation at the downtown (main campus) and has research interests in the areas of traumatic brain injury; neuropsychological assessment; emotional adjustment post brain injury; long-term cognitive and functional outcome in rehabilitation populations. 

Scott R. Millis, Ph.D., MEd

Director of Research
Professor
Research Educator

Scott R. Millis, Ph.D., MEd is Professor with tenure in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Director of Research at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. Dr. Millis is a Chartered Statistician (CStat) with the British Royal Statistical Society and Chartered Scientist (CSci) with the British Science Council.

Dr. Millis served as the statistician for the Traumatic Brain Injury National Data Center (TBINDC). He is also the former Project Co-Director of the TBINDC. He also served on several data safety and monitoring committees. Prior to coming to WSU, Dr Millis was Director of the Office of Clinical Trials at Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation. Dr. Millis is also the former Chief of Neuropsychology at the DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. He is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, and Rehabilitation Psychology. His special interests are development and evaluation of statistical prediction models, Rasch analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, and Bayesian model averaging. 

Edward Nieshoff, M.D.

Assistant Professor (Clinical) FTA
261 Mack Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

Tanya Sherman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor (Clinical) FTA
261 Mack Ave, Suite 555
Detroit, MI 48201

Tanya E. Sherman, Ph.D., is a staff neuropsychologist providing neuropsychological and psychological services at the RIM Detroit campus. Dr. Sherman graduated with her doctorate from Wayne State University (WSU) in 2004 after completing an APA approved internship at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center. She then completed post-doctoral training in clinical neuropsychology at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. She has previously been on faculty as an assistant professor in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Departments at WSU Medical School and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Sherman's research interests are in the areas of multiple sclerosis, including awareness of deficit, patient and caregiver quality of life, and neuropsychological aspects of acquired brain injury.

Stephen Vangel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor (Clinical) FTA
261 Mack Ave, Suite 555
Detroit, MI 48201

Stephen Vangel, Ph.D. provides neuropsychological and psychological services at the downtown (main campus), Novi campus, and other outpatient satellite centers and nursing homes in the Detroit Metropolitan area. Dr. Vangel obtained his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in 1996 and completed his APA approved internship at the John Dingell V.A. Hospital in Detroit. He is an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Dr. Vangel is also a "behavioral specialist" at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. Dr. Vangel's clinical and research interests are in the areas of behavioral factors in injury recovery and disability, factors affecting interdisciplinary team functioning, family adjustment to trauma, and validity and clinical utility of neuropsychological tests.

Brigid Waldron-Perrine, Ph.D., ABPP-ACRN

261 Mack Ave, Suite 555
Detroit, MI 48201

Brigid Waldron-Perrine, Ph.D. is the primary provider of neuropsychological and psychological services at the RIM Sterling Heights campus and also provides outpatient services at the downtown campus. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, and currently serves as the Associate Director of Training for the department's postdoctoral training program in Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Waldron-Perrine graduated with her doctorate from Wayne State University in 2010 after completing an APA approved internship at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit, MI. She then completed an APPCN post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System/University of Michigan. Dr. Waldron-Perrine's research interests are in the areas of cognitive and emotional rehabilitation from neurological injury (e.g., influences of coping approaches/positive emotionality and contextualized rehabilitation), neuropsychological correlates of hypertension, neuropsychological assessment in patients with medical conditions, and assessment and treatment of veterans with polytrauma.