CFI Executive Director

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Courses Taught

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


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


Dr. Cara Meixner returned to her beloved James Madison University in 2008.  She is now an Associate Professor of Graduate Psychology and Executive Director with the Center for Faculty Innovation. 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 has served as co-principal investigator of several grants funded by the Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative Trust Fund that investigate barriers to accessing crisis intervention services, with focus on the experience of survivors with neurobehavioral presentations. 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. Cara currently serves as one of Commissioner Rothrock’s appointees to the Virginia Brain Injury Council.

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 constructs of holistic faculty development and faculty learning outcomes (FLOs). Recent contributions include a study on faculty learning outcomes (Journal of Faculty Development); 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

Hurney, C.A., Brantmeier, E.J., Good, M.R., Harrison, D., & Meixner, C. (2016). The faculty learning outcome assessment framework.  Journal of Faculty Development, 30(2), 69-77.

Hathcoat, J., & Meixner, C. (2015).  Pragmatism, factor analysis, and the conditional incompatibility thesis in mixed methods research.  Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 1-17.  Doi: 10.1177/1558689815622114 

O’Donoghue, C.R., Meixner, C., & Hawk-Sanchez, E.R. (2015). Access to Neurobehavioral Services in Virginia. Richmond: Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services.

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). 

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

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