COL Teresa L. Brininger, PhD, OTR/L, CHT
COL Teresa Brininger is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist who has served in a variety of military assignments working with and rehabilitating injured Service Members. After earning her Doctoral Degree in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Pittsburgh she was assigned to the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine where she conducted research in musculoskeletal injuries and traumatic brain injury with a focus on returning Service Members to duty. She was then assigned to the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command where she managed the rehabilitation research portfolio. COL Brininger has served on a variety of multiple interagency strategic planning committees and government oversight committees for rehabilitation, regenerative medicine and traumatic brain injury research initiatives. Currently she serves as the Director of the Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command, where she is responsible for overseeing the planning, budgeting and execution of Army, Defense Health Program and Congressional Special Interest funds directed toward investigating strategies to repair catastrophic wounds, improve pain management, maximizing return to duty rates and improving overall quality of life for Service Members who have sustained traumatic injuries.