Meet our Team

Candace L. Floyd, PhD

Candace L. Floyd, PhD

Dr. Floyd is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Utah.  Dr. Floyd’s research focuses on the use of porcine models of traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and neuropathic pain to advance discoveries and translation in preclinical research.  The main goal of her research is to accelerate the pace and increase the success of translation of new therapies from bench to bedside. She is a certified Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) professional.  Dr. Floyd serves as a Councilor and co-Chair of the Communication and Outreach Committee for National Neurotrauma Society.  She also has previously served as President, Vice President, and Security/Treasurer of that Society.  She has served on the Program Committee for the Society for Neuroscience.  Dr. Floyd currently serves as the Treasurer and Board Member for the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah.  Dr. Floyd has received numerous awards, including the UAB Graduate Dean’s Outstanding Mentorship Award.  She is actively involved in several to increase inclusivity and engagement, and she founded the National Neurotrauma Diversity Fellowship program.

Email:  candace.floyd@hsc.utah.edu

Jacob A. George, PhD

Jacob A. George, PhD

Dr. George is an incoming Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Utah. He is also a foundational researcher for the Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital and the director of Utah's NeuroRobotics Lab. He received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a certificate in Computational Science and Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Utah. Dr. George’s research seeks to augment biological neural networks with artificial neural networks and bionic devices to treat neurological disorders and further our understanding of neural processing. Working at the intersection of artificial intelligence, robotics, and neuroscience, Dr. George’s NeuroRobotics Lab is developing biologically-inspired artificial intelligence and brain-machine interfaces to restore and/or enhance human function. For more information, please visit: faculty.utah.edu/~JacobGeorge

Email:  jake.george@utah.edu

Abbie Paxman, MS

Abbie Paxman, MS

Title:  Clinical Research Manager

Abbie Paxman, M.S., is the Clinical Research Manager at PM&R where she oversees operations and strategic planning, generates new research revenue, and provides financial management for the research enterprise . She earned her master’s degree in quantitative economics at the University of Colorado in 2003.  Since joining PM&R in 2017, Ms. Paxman has managed countless grants and contracts, provided leadership and mentorship to the research coordinators, and promoted new and existing research opportunities to PM&R faculty, staff, and collaborating partners throughout the institution.

Email:  abbie.paxman@hsc.utah.edu

Alexandra Asay, MPH

Alexandra Asay, MPH

Title:  Clinical Research Coordinator

Alex is a Clinical Research Coordinator for Non-Operative Sports Medicine. She has a Masters of Public Health degree from Westminster College. She is currently working on several non-op sport’s medicine research projects.

Email:  alex.asay@hsc.utah.edu

Shellie Cunningham, BS

Shellie Cunningham, BS

Title:  Clinical Research Coordinator

Clinical Research Coordinator in the division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation under the direction of Dr. Zachary McCormick. Dr. McCormick’s work focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of spine and joint pain, specifically radicular, discogenic, zygapophyseal joint, sacroiliac joint, and knee joint pain. Our research projects shadow these diagnosis enabling us to determine most efficient treatments for our patient population.

Email:  shellie.cunningham@hsc.utah.edu

Pamela G. ElGergi, BA

Pamela G. ElGergi, BA

Title:  Clinical Research Coordinator

Pamela G. ElGergi received her B.A. in Psychology from Nevada State College and is a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department for the University of Utah assisting on multiple projects. These projects include Dr. Micken’s research on  promoting resilience, adjustment, and community reintegration for people after spinal cord injury (SCI). Specifically, interventions that allow individuals with SCI to resume their social roles and daily activities. Additionally, Pamela assists on a cancer rehabilitation study that include assessments on improved functions for patients after cancer rehab care interventions.

Email:  pamela.elgergi@hsc.utah.edu

Heidi Hansen, CRC, CCRP

Heidi Hansen, CRC, CCRP

Title:  Clinical Research Coordinator

Heidi is a certified Clinical Research Coordinator for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department of the University of Utah. Heidi assists and coordinates the implementation, quality control and completion of research studies while assisting the Principal Investigator in determining and accomplishing study objectives. Oversees research studies in an administrative and operational capacity while maintaining compliance with guidelines set by governing agencies. Currently working with Principle Investigators in the following areas: Amputee Rehabilitation, Stroke Rehabilitation , Muscle Spasticity, Traumatic Brain Injury, Rehabilitation Psychology, Sports Medicine & Sports Sciences, Musculoskeletal/Spine Rehabilitation and Cancer Rehabilitation & Wellness. In her spare time she likes to run, bike, hike and make delicious meals, entertain and spend time with family.

Email:  Heidi.Hansen@hsc.utah.edu

Talmage Morris, BS

Talmage Morris, BS

Title:  Clinical Research Coordinator

Talmage Morris graduated from the University of Utah in 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Health Promotion and Education. Study Coordinator with several years of industry  experience including vaccine trials and chronic disease medications. Currently working with Dr. Zachary McCormick at the University of Utah in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation comparing Genicular Radiofrequency Ablation technologies to manage chronic knee pain. Masters student in the University of Utah’s Department of Biomedical Informatics.

Email:  Talmage.morris@hsc.utah.edu

Research Volunteers

Due to COVID-19 we are not accepting visiting research volunteers.  If you are a UofU resident please click below for possible research opportunities.

Research Volunteers

CONTACT US

 

PM&R Research Office
Heidi Hansen, Research Coordinator
University of Utah, Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital
85 North Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Telephone: 801.585.2373
Email: heidi.hansen@hsc.utah.edu
Fax Number: 801.646.8980