Mark J. Ashley, Sc.D., CCC-SLP, CCM, CBIST
CNS Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Mark Ashley is the Founder and CEO of Centre for Neuro Skills, which has operated postacute brain injury rehabilitation programs in Bakersfield, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco since 1980. In 2011, Dr. Ashley established the CNS Clinical Research and Education Foundation, a non-profit research organization, and he participated in the Blue Ribbon Panel on Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress convened by Generals Peter W. Chiarelli and Joseph Dunford. His work has been published in many professional and research publications, and he has written four books: Working with Behavior Disorders: Strategies for Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation, 3rd Edition, and Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation, 4th Edition. He has also published numerous research papers in peer-reviewed journals.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and holds the position of Chairman Emeritus and is a member of the Business and Professional Council. He serves on the Advisory Panel of BIAA’s project for the development of Guidelines for the Rehabilitation and Disease Management of Adults with Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury.
Dr. Ashley serves on the Board of Directors of the California Brain Injury Association and is a Chairman Emeritus. He is a Past Chair of the Corporate Advisory Committee of the American Academy for Certification of Brain Injury Specialists and has served on the California Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council.
Dr. Ashley is an Adjunct Professor at the Rehabilitation Institute of the College of Education at Southern Illinois University. He is a past member of the Advisory Committee for the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Cyprus University of Technology, and a member of the Advisory Board for the Applied Neuroscience and Neurobehavioral Research Center, University of Cyprus. He participated in preparation of Traumatic Brain Injury Medical Treatment Guidelines for the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and serves on several grant review committees.
Dr. Ashley received his Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology and a Doctorate of Science from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. He is a licensed Speech/Language Pathologist in California and Texas and is a Certified Case Manager.
"CNS is different from other rehabilitation facilities due to a combination of experience focusing on a specific population and our attention to detail in the implementation of services. I'm most proud of the impact we've had on people's lives and being able to see the transition in our patients from complete dependency to returning to work, home and family. It's very gratifying." ~ Dr. Mark J. Ashley