James Madison University

Cara Meixner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Graduate Psychology
Executive Director, Center for Faculty Innovation

PHOTO:Cara Meixner
  • Office: Rose Library, Rm. 5105
  • Phone: 540-568-4846
  • Email: meixnecx@jmu.edu
  • Mailing Address:
    MSC 4603
    800 S. Main St.
    Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807


  • Ph.D Antioch University (October 2008)
  • M.A University of Maryland (May 2000)
  • B.S. James Madison University (May 1998)

Scholarly Interests/Research Topics

  • Since 2009, my research has focused on providing access to crisis intervention services to persons affected by brain injury, particularly those individuals with co-morbid psychiatric or mental health diagnoses. With Dr. Cynthia O'Donoghue, I have served as co-principal investigator on two action research grants that systematically evaluate and explore individual, societal, and organizational barriers to accessing care.  Our findings have been presented nationally and internationally; we have published in Rehabilitation Psychology, Brain Injury, and the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.  In September 2013, we received the Oral Presenter Award from the North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) for our study of the efficacy of brain injury family intervention (BIFI) training. At present (2014-2015), our team of faculty and graduate students is conducting a study funded by the Commonwealth on Neurobehavioral Access.  
  • I am also involved in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).  My dissertation, published in an edited volume entitled Re-envisioning Higher Education, features the constructivist, grounded theory study of faculty members’ inner development when engaging in service-learning with undergraduates. Research interests also include gender, culture and leadership; film and popular culture; and postmodern inquiry.