About ThinkFirst Missouri

Mission: Injury Prevention

The mission of ThinkFirst is to prevent traumatic injuries through education, research and policy. The award-winning programs of ThinkFirst educate people, especially high-risk young people, about their vulnerability to brain and spinal cord injury, common causes of these injuries, and how to prevent them.

ThinkFirst Missouri is a program of the University of Missouri School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and serves as an affiliate chapter of the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation. The office of ThinkFirst Missouri is located in the Howard A. Rusk Rehabilitation Center in Columbia, Missouri.

What We Offer

In addition to our award-winning injury prevention programs, we serve as a National Chapter Training Center and ThinkFirst VIP Speaker Training Center. Our team also provides public policy support and is commited to injury prevention research and program development.

Our Dedicated Team

Michelle Gibler, PhD

Penny Lorenz Anderson

Deana Dothage

Becky Lenon

  • University of Missouri - Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Arrive Alive
  • Think First National Injury Prevention Foundation
  • Missouri Department of Transportation
  • Howard A. Rusk Rehabilitation Center

About ThinkFirst Missouri

ThinkFirst Missouri is an award-winning prevention program presented by inspiring survivors of brain and spinal cord injuries. Through compelling firsthand testimonies, audiences learn about the consequences of injuries and how injuries can happen to anyone. These sobering, yet motivational messages urge everyone to take personal responsibility and make safe choices.