As we age, our brain has a harder time dealing with distractions. Brains get stronger by eliminating distractions rather than pushing to overcome them.
Warrior Training Team
Marine Corps veteran and Purple Heart recipient Sergeant Mike Rials recruits fellow former military service personnel to the Center for BrainHealth’s traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress (PTS) studies. He works with more than 140 Dallas-area veteran groups and associations to recruit, schedule and track research participants. His history as a Marine and personal experience with the Center’s brain training programs uniquely qualifies him to share his story of injury and recovery to empower others through the Center’s veteran outreach program as well as the Center’s teen SMART program.
After four years with the Marine Corps, in which he was deployed on two Iraq tours and one Afghanistan tour, Sgt. Rials earned a bachelor of science in psychology with a minor in criminology. The invisible effects of the war on not only his fellow Marines, but also himself, motivated Mike to want to better understand the mind and improve the lives of other military service personnel.
After experiencing the meaningful, life-changing impact of the Center’s Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training (SMART) for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and magnetic stimulation therapy for post-traumatic stress (PTS), Mike joined the Center for BrainHealth staff in 2012. Prior to that, during his time as a student, he revitalized the languishing, four-member Veterans of Dallas at UT Dallas club and transformed it into an organization with more than 140 members. He successfully campaigned to establish the fully funded on-campus Veterans Center, which houses amenities for vets such as computers, lounge area, work-study job opportunities, and offices for Veterans Certified Officials.