Board of Trustees

Marilyn P. Spivack

Term 2018-2020



Marilyn Spivack is the neurotraumatic outreach coordinator for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts.  

In 1980, Mrs. Spivack, along with her husband R. Martin Spivack, co-founded the National Head Injury Foundation (NIHF), now known as the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) after their personal experience as parents of a child with a traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Ms. Spivack is also the founder of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts.  She was President and CEO of the NHIF from 1981 until 1990.

Ms. Spivack has held numerous positions as a member of advisory councils or board member of many National Institute for Disability Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) funded Traumatic Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation Centers and TBI Model Systems.  Mrs. Spivack has been a peer reviewer for Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDLRR) and Rehabilitation Service Administration (RSA) grants.  She was on the editorial board of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation from its first publication until 2000 and was a reviewer for the 2006 National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine’s Report on the HRSA-funded TBI State Programs in the U.S.


Ms. Spivack's story in her own words on

The Boston Globe published an article featuring Ms. Spivack and other parents of children with TBI in 2006

Ms. Spivack created videos for Brainline, a national multimedia project created by the Washington, DC public service TV station WETA, providing information and resources about preventing, treating, and living with TBI.


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