President Profile

Mark J. Ashley, Sc.D., CCC-SLP, CCM, CBIST

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CNS Founder, President and CEO

Dr. Mark J. Ashley is founder and president/CEO of Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS), which operates postacute brain injury rehabilitation programs at facilities in Bakersfield, Dallas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Dr. Ashley founded CNS in 1980. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) as the emeritus chair. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of California and is the current chair. Dr. Ashley worked to establish BIAA’s Brain Injury Business Practices College and the Business and Professional Council.

Dr. Ashley is the immediate past chair of the Corporate Advisory Committee of the American Academy for Certification of Brain Injury Specialists. He serves as the vice chairman of the Access to Treatment Committee of the Business and Professional Council, and the Federal Legislative Advisory Committee for BIAA. He is an adjunct professor at the Rehabilitation Institute of the College of Education at Southern Illinois University, and served on the California Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council.

He is a 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 State of Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and serves on several grant review committees.

Dr. Ashley founded the Centre for Neuro Skills Clinical Research and Education Foundation (CREF), a non-profit research organization. His work has been published in numerous professional and research publications and he has written three books, “Working with Behavior Disorders: Strategies for Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation” and “Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation,” including this publication’s third edition.

"CNS is different from other rehabilitation facilities because of a combination of experience focusing on a specific population and our attention to detail in the implementation of our services. I'm most proud of the impact we've made in people's lives and being able to see our patients go from being completely dependent to returning to work, to home, to their family -- it's very gratifying."


-- Dr. Mark Ashley

Dr. Ashley received his Masters Degree in speech pathology and a Doctorate of Science from Southern Illinois University. The university named him Distinguished Alumni of the Year in 1995. He is an Adjunct Professor for the university's Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences in the College of Education, specializing in brain injury and cognitive deficits. Dr. Ashley is a licensed Speech/Language Pathologist in California and Texas and is a Certified Case Manager.

He belongs to many professional associations, including the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the American Society of Neurorehabilitation, the American Academy for the Advancement of the Science, the National Neurotrauma Society, the National Association for Independent Living, the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, the National Rehabilitation Association, the National Rehabilitation Administration Association, the California Speech and Hearing Association, and the Texas Speech and Hearing Association.

Related Media

Neuro Landscape: A Brain Injury Blog by Dr. Mark J. Ashley >> visit

CNS President/CEO Dr. Mark Ashley testifies at congressional hearing about traumatic brain injury: watch

CNS President/CEO Dr. Mark Ashley discusses concussions and head injury (television interview): watch

CNS President/CEO Dr. Mark Ashley discusses how research shapes brain injury rehabilitation (video): watch

Listen to audio interview with Dr. Mark Ashley about traumatic brain injury:  listen