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Never have we seen a team of scientists work harder or with more passion than those at the Center for BrainHealth.

Debbie Francis, Board Chair

Directors, Community Relations

Shelly Kirkland, B.A.

Public Relations Director


Shelly has always been fascinated with storytelling. After graduating from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, she headed straight to Washington, D.C., to tell the stories of criminals and the lives they affected.

As a producer for America’s Most Wanted, Shelly covered some of the country’s worst fugitives and brought national attention to each case she covered. Interviewing both celebrities and convicted criminals, Shelly used a holistic and creative approach, landing America’s Most Wanted stories on FOX News, the Today show, MTV News and CNN’s Nancy Grace. Her work also made headlines in venerable newspapers including The New York Times and Boston Herald.

After four years of chasing felons from New York to Alaska, Shelly set her sights on Dallas, Texas, and a position with The Richards Group. Working with clients such as Travelocity, Children’s Medical Center, The Salvation Army and Zales, Shelly honed her digital skills while sniffing out solutions to her clients’ online challenges. Shelly used her investigative ingenuity and interactive expertise on behalf of consumer and cause clients such as Pilot Pen, Texas Back Institute, AbitibiBowater and the Center for BrainHealth. Her work has garnered coverage in USA Today, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, The Dallas Morning News,,, and many other national, regional and local outlets. 

Today, Shelly handles public relations at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas, bringing national attention to the cutting-edge research facility dedicated to understanding, protecting and healing the brain.