The overarching aim of this project is take an integrative and performance-based approach to measuring cognition in TBI. Specifically, the current study will collect the psychometric properties of the VMT with a TBI sample and evaluate its relationship to cognitive domains and vocational functioning. It will also examine the relationship between sleep disturbance and VMT performance in TBI. The results of this study will represent the first investigation of a performance-based assessment of vocational multitasking ability in TBI.
This project aims to identify nuanced adherence behaviors during at-home behavioral regimen after traumatic brain injury, and to explore the ways in which compensatory strategies promote consistency in adherence within this population. Similarly, this project will explore how relationships between executive functioning skills, consistency in adherence, and overall adherence change over the course of multiple weeks.
Funded: Emily Reid O’Connor Memorial Fellowship Collaborators: Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center Description: The aim of this project is to examine the differences in simulated driving performance and anxiety between post-9/11 Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and without these diagnoses.
Title: Predictors of Community Integration in Acquired Brain Injury Collaborators: Bancroft This study examines the relationship between psychosocial, neurocognitive, and demographic factors and community reintegration in individuals with moderate to severe brain injury.
The aim of this study is to understand the impact of closed TBI on long-term outcome. Specifically, we are interested in the effects of age at injury and time post-injury on general cognition.
Funded: The Council on Brain Injury Collaborators: Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center Description: This project aims to develop a novel self-report questionnaire designed to measure the driving habits of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. It focuses on examining the differences in driving safety between veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and veterans without these diagnoses.
Funding: ARRA grant (number 1R03HD064847) from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). External collaborators: Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCoM) Family Medicine and St. Joseph’s University Psychology Department Description: This study examined the effects of concussion on driving performance in college students. Using a virtual reality (VR) driving simulator, driving performance was examined at two time points: immediately after injury and following medical clearance.
Funding: Council on Brain Injury and Drexel University’s Psychology Department. External collaborators: Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCoM) Family Medicine Description: This study examines post-acute outcomes of sport-related concussion in a medically cleared population. In particular, the presence of potentially lingering physical, emotional, and cognitive symptoms will be studied. In addition, the influence of predictors—such as age, sex and number of past concussions—on outcome will be examined.
Defining Virtual Reality and Driving Funded: NIH R01: Institute Child Human Development (NICHD) /NIH (1 R01 HD050718-01) Objective: The purpose of this research is to study the use of a virtual reality (VR) driving simulation for helping individuals return to driving after they have had a brain injury. We will study this by comparing how people drive using a VR driving simulator and how they drive on the road. We will include two groups of drivers in this study, people with and without a brain injury. We are also interested in comparing participants… Read More