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Cara Meixner, Ph.D.

meixnecx@jmu.edu
Contact Info

Courses Taught

PYSC 600: Introduction to Measurement and Statistics
PYSC 840: Mixed Methods in Qualitative Research

Education

B.S. - James Madison University
M.A. - University of Maryland
Ph. D. - Antioch University

Biography

Dr. Cara Meixner returned to her beloved James Madison University in 2008.  She is now an Assistant Professor of Graduate Psychology and Assistant Director with the Center for Faculty Innovation, Teaching Area. Cara received her BS from JMU, her MA from the University of Maryland-College Park, and her PhD from Antioch. Cara has taught courses in research methods, leadership, organizational behavior, hunger and homelessness, and women's studies.  With a penchant for qualitative research, Cara maintains an active research agenda in brain injury advocacy and enjoys contributing to the scholarships of engagement, discovery, and teaching & learning. 

Current Research Interests

Brain Injury Survivor Advocacy
Cara's expansive background in leadership and community development prompted her pursuit of an advocacy-based research agenda for survivors of acquired brain injury. She is co-principal investigator of a three-year grant funded by the Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative Trust Fund that investigates barriers to accessing crisis intervention services, with focus on the experience of survivors with mental health and substance abuse co-morbidities. To date, this work has been presented and published through multiple refereed venues such as the World Congress on Brain Injury, the Federal Interagency Conference on Brain Injury, the North American Brain Injury Society, Brain Injury, and the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Most critically, this body of inquiry has contributed to the development of noteworthy changes and advocacy initiatives, locally and regionally.

Higher Education (Pedagogy and Change)
In addition to her scholarship on head trauma, Cara has presented and authored on topics related to pedagogy, leadership development, service-learning, and organizational change. With her colleagues in the CFI, Cara is researching the construct of holistic faculty development. Recent contributions include a co-authored chapter, Powerful Pedagogies; a mixed methods study on the experience of part-time faculty (College Teaching), and an exploratory, autoethnographic encounter in teaching Herman Hesse to first-year students (Journal of Leadership Studies).

Select Publications

Dupre, M., Echterling, L., Meixner, C., & Briggs, M.K., & Anderson, R.  (2014). Crisis supervision: A qualitative study of the needs and experiences of licensed professional counselors.  Counselor Education and Supervision, 53(2), 82-96.

Meixner, C., O’Donoghue, C.R., & Witt, M. (2013). Accessing crisis intervention services after brain injury: A mixed methods study.  Rehabilitation Psychology, 58(4), 377-385.

Meixner, C. (2013). Locating self in humanity. In J. Lin, R.L. Oxford, & E.J. Brantmeier (Eds.), Re-envisioning higher education: Embodied pathways to wisdom and social transformation.  Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.  

O’Donoghue, C., Meixner, C., & Witt, M.  (2013).  Brain injury family intervention (BIFI) training for providers: Short and long term effectiveness [Abstract].  The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 28(5), E31-65. 

Meixner, C., O’Donoghue, C., Hegyi, S., Witt, M., & Lincoln, E. (2012). Community-based crisis intervention: A descriptive intercept model for survivors of acquired brain injury [Abstract].   Brain Injury, 2012, 1-484, Early Online. 242-243.    

O’Donoghue, C., Meixner, C., Witt, M., & Bowman, E. (2011). Community-based crisis intervention for survivors of ABI: An interagency initiative [Abstract]. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 26(5). 423. 

Meixner, C., & Rosch, D. (2011). Powerful Pedagogies. In S.R. Komives, J.P. Dugan, J.E. Owen, C. Slack, W. Wagner & Associates (Eds.), The handbook for student leadership development (2nd ed.)(pp.307-337). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Meixner, C., Kruck, S.E., & Madden, L. (2010) Inclusion of part-time faculty for the benefits of faculty and students. College Teaching, 58(4), 141-147.

Meixner, C. (2010). Reconciling self, servant leadership, and learning: 
The Journey to the East as locus for reflection and transformation. Journal of Leadership Studies, 3(4), 81-85.

O'Donoghue, C., Meixner, C., Witt, M., Hegyi, S., & Bowman, E. (2010). Community-based crisis intervention in acquired brain injury: A Virginia Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative [Abstract]. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 25(5). 394-395.

O'Donoghue, C., Meixner, C., Witt, M., & Bowman, E. (2010). Community-based crisis intervention in acquired brain injury: Developin g a model for response [Abstract]. Brain Injury, 24(3). 
114-115.

Meixner, C. & Hickam, B. (2008). Transforming leadership: Film as a vehicle for social change. Journal of Leadership Education, 7(2), 41-47.

Grants

  • July 2014

    Dr. Cynthia R. O’Donoghue (Head and Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) and Dr. Cara Meixner (Assistant Professor, Graduate Psychology; Assistant Director, Center for Faculty Innovation) received $5,103 from the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services to update the white paper to create an authoritative reference document on statewide needs and costs related to the behavioral health treatment for persons with brain injury; to evaluate systems options and alternatives; to assist policymakers and service providers to understand clearly the issues; and to provide a sound basis for decision making related to future policy initiatives.

  • May 2014

    Dr. Cynthia R. O’Donoghue (Head and Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) and Dr. Cara Meixner (Assistant Professor, Graduate Psychology; Assistant Director, Center for Faculty Innovation) received $119,897 from the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services for “Update to Access to Neurobehavior Services in Virginia White Paper” to update the white paper to create an authoritative reference document on statewide needs and costs related to the behavioral health treatment for persons with brain injury, to evaluate systems options and alternatives, to assist policymakers and service providers to clearly understand the issues and to provide a sound basis for decision making related to future policy initiatives.