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Dr. Hotz

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The Miami Project
to Cure Paralysis


1095 NW 14th Terrace


Locator Code R-48


Miami, Florida 33136



Tel:  (305) 243-4004
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Home Our Research Faculty > Gillian A. Hotz, Ph.D. 



Research Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, Director, KiDZ Neuroscience
Center, Director, Concussion, WalkSafeTM & BikeSafeTMPrograms


Neurocognitive Deficits and Injury Prevention


Research Interests

Gillian A. Hotz, Ph.D.As a behavioral neuroscientist my clinical interests have always been investigating the neurocognitive deficits of those individuals that have sustained a traumatic and acquired brain injury. I am the Principal Investigator on many funded national, state and local grants for injury prevention research projects and clinical trials for children with traumatic brain injury. The best practice pediatric pedestrian program recognized by the National Safe Routes to School initiative is WalkSafe™ the program is an elementary school based pedestrian injury prevention program that has been shown to be effective in decreasing the number of children that are hit by cars in Miami-Dade County.


The WalkSafe™ program developed in 2003 receives funding from a number of sources and pioneered the 5E model of education, engineering, enforcement, evaluation and encouragement. We currently are piloting a BikeSafe ™ program in Miami-Dade county. As the Director of the Concussion Program we have a comprehensive program including neuroimaging, neurologic evaluation and neuropsychological testing. I am certified to administer ImPACT a computerized neurocognitive screening test. We train high school and college trainers and coaches on a yearly basis.


Over the year, I have had the opportunity to present at many conferences on the local, national and international levels as well as have published in multiple journals and books. I am the co-author on the Brief Test of Head Injury (1992) and the lead author on the Pediatric Test of Brain Injury (2009) both neurocognitive tests. I enjoy teaching colleagues, residents, and students and I am a board member on a number of Advisory Groups and Associations, specifically Florida Injury Prevention Advisory Council, Florida Committee on Trauma, the Sarah Jane Brain Project and the American Association of MultiSensory Environments.






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