Cindi Laukes

Research Affiliate Faculty



Patient Centered Outcomes Regional Research Scholar, University of Washington (2015-2017), University of Iowa, MFA, MA, 1990, New Mexico State, BA, 1988, Montana State, BA, 1978



Teaching Experience

Cindi Laukes is Director and COO of the Neural Injury Center at the University of Montana, where she directs a multidisciplinary brain injury research and clinical team. She has worked in the field of clinical and translational neuroscience for 26 years. She is also a translational Research Navigator for the Institute of Translational Health Sciences at the University of Washington-Seattle, and serves on the steering committee of a NW regional clinical research network. She recently was an investigator on a multi-site clinical trial of a medication for PTSD in combat veterans, and has seven years of experience working with special veteran populations. She has directed or managed over 300 research projects in multiple clinical specialties, and was selected as one of nine Northwest Patient Centered Outcomes Research Scholars in the PCOR program at the University of Washington (2015-2017). Ms. Laukes has also conducted community-engaged patient-centered research in underserved populations, with over 14 years working on various projects in Tribal communities.  Prior to her work with the Center, she worked in hospital-based research at Providence St. Patrick Hospital-Missoula, The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center-Tucson, and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics-Iowa City. She has her own research consulting business.



1.     An Innovative Model for mTBI Screening, Research, and Education:

Enhancing Specialized Services, Research Collaborations, Experiential Learning, and Reducing Overhead Costs through a Coordinated Cost-Sharing System of Existing University and Community Partnerships. Cindi Laukes, MA, MFA,

Bill Rosen, MD, Reed Humphrey, PhD, Catherine Off, PhD, CCC-SLP, Valerie Moody, PhD, LAT, Susan Ostertag, PT, DPT, NCS. Presentation and Published Abstract, World Congress on Brain Injury, New Orleans, Feb. 2020.


2.     Using Virtual Reality (VR) to Objectively Measure Sequelae from Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and Cervical Whiplash with Myelopathy. Rosen B, Laukes C, Hackett K, Rosen K, Rau T. Presentation and Published Abstract, World Congress on Brain Injury, New Orleans, Feb. 2020.


3.     Feasibility of Connecting Regional Research Programs to National Studies by the CTSA Trial Innovation Network.  Laurie Hassell, Charlie Gregor, MPH, Ann Melvin, MD MPH, Christopher Goss, MD MS FCCP,1,3 Robert H. Coker, PhD FACSM FTOS, Cindi Laukes, MA MFA, Sandra Albritton, RN MN CCRC CHRC, Jeannine Brant, PhD APRN AOCN FAAN, Paul Amoroso, MD MPH FACE, Nichole Whitener, MSN NE-BC, Katherine R. Tuttle, MD FASN FACP. Journal of Clinical and Translational Research, Cambridge Core, Journal of Clinical and Translational Science (Fall 2020 Journal issue)


4.     Encouraging Early Screening and Diagnosis of mild TBI in Two At-Risk Montana Populations, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Community and Student Veterans at the University of Montana: A Community-Based Approach to Identify Barriers and Culturally-Effective Interventions. Cindi Laukes, Jera Stewart, Solomon Harrar, LeeAnna Muzquiz, Shawn Grove, Ann Miller Sherwood, Roy Savage, Miles Wetzel, Brenda Morton, Sergej Michaud, Char Gatlin, Margaret Bowman, Leonid Kalachev, Lisa Shourds, Michele Rutherford, Matt Gangloff. Presentation and Published Abstract at the World Congress on Brain Injury, Toronto, March, 2019.


5.     Cytochrome P450 genetic variation associated with tamoxifen biotransformation in American Indian and Alaska Native people. Burhan Kahn, Renee Robinson, Alison Fahner, LeeAnna Muzquiz, Brian Schilling, Matthew Olnes, Lara Trawicki, Holly Frydenlund, Cindi Laukes, Patrick Beatty, Jesse M. Tsai, Brian Phillips, Deborah Nickerson, Kevin Howlett, Denise Dillard, Timothy Thornton, Kenneth E. Thummel, Erica Woodahl. Clinical and Translational Science, 2018.


6.     The Northwest Participant and Clinical Interactions Network: Increasing opportunities for patients to participate in research across the Northwestern United States. Laura-Mae Baldwin, Laurie Hassell, Cindi Laukes, Michelle Doyle, Anne Reedy, Brenda Mollis, Sandra Albritton, Elizabeth Ciemins, Robert Coker, Jeannine Brandt, Katherine R. Tuttle, Bonnie Ramsey. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. 2017.

1.     Partnership with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes: Establishing an Advisory Committee for Pharmacogenetic Research. Morales, C., Muzquiz, L., Howlett, K. Azure, B., Bodnar, B., Espinosa, D. Incashola, T., Mathias, C., Finely, V. Laukes, C., Beatty, P. Trinidad, S. Burke, W., Putnam, L., Pershouse M., Woodahl, E. Original Research and Community Policy Brief. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.


2.     Pilot Study of Dextromethorphan/Quinidine and Sertraline in the Treatment of Involuntary Emotional Expression Disorder in Subjects with a Traumatic Brain Injury. Kammers, K., Laukes, C., Rosen, B. Poster and Abstract, American College of Clinical Pharmacy Conference, 2016.



3.     Psychological stress preceding idiopathic ventricular fibrillation. Richard D Lane, Cindi Laukes, Frank I Marcus, Margaret A Chesney, Lee Sechrest, Kathleen Gear, Carolyn L Fort, Silvia G Priori, Peter J Schwartz, Andrew Steptoe  Psychosomatic Medicine 01/2005; 67(3):359-65.


4.     The Study of Promilin (Fenugreek Extract) Therapy in Metabolic Syndrome X: A randomized, double-blind, parallel design, placebo-controlled trial sought to determine effective dose ranges of Promilin in subjects with metabolic syndrome X. (Abstract)  Whitney Whidhalm, Cindi Laukes, Dana Headapohl. Scientific Meeting of Canadian Society for Clinical Nutrition. 2005.

5.     Reply to Balon.  Francicso A. Moreno, Cindi Laukes, Rachel Manber, Pedro Delgado. The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology 11/2002; 5(04):417 - 417.


6.     Emotional blunting associated with SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction. Do SSRIs inhibit emotional responses?  Adam Opbroek, Pedro L Delgado, Cindi Laukes, Cindy McGahuey, Joanna Katsanis, Francisco A Moreno, Rachel Manber. The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology 06/2002; 5(2):147-51.