Brain Injury Research

The Research Center’s studies in brain injury cover a range of topics from the use of robotic technology in mobility rehabilitation to interventions in cognitive functions such as memory, learning and emotional processing.

Our Current Studies

Examination of Emotional Processing in Children with Traumatic Brain Injury or Autism (Ages 7-18): This is an exploratory study to learn how children with a brain injury or autism perceive the emotions of others. Participation includes: 2 three-hour visits or 3 two-hour visits, paper-and-pencil measures, looking at pictures of faces with different emotions, & $50 compensation. For more information, please contact Jacqueline Leddy at 973-324-8384 jleddy@kesslerfoundation.org.

Modified Story Memory Technique Study (ages 9-17): This study investigates whether a memory training program called the Modified Story Memory Technique can improve learning of school-aged children following a traumatic brain injury. For more information, please contact Lauren Hendrix at 973-324-8384 lhendrix@kesslerfoundation.org.

The Application and Modification of an Emotional Processing Intervention in Pediatric TBI (Ages 9-17): This study is looking to learn whether an emotional processing program, that is modified for use with children, is effective for children with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Participation is completely virtual (on zoom), and may last up to 4 months. If your child qualifies based on a screening, there will be 2 testing sessions, lasting 3 hours each and 12 intervention sessions, each lasting between 45 minutes to an hour. If your child qualifies and completes the full study, you will receive a total of $300 compensation. For more information, please contact Brianna Ali at 973-324-8425 bali@kesslerfoundation.org

Remediation of Pediatric Attentional Deficits using the APT-3(ages 10-17): Children with a diagnosis of ADHD/ADD or history of Concussion. Study is examining whether an attention program called the Attention Process Training-3 (APT-3) can improve the attention of school-aged children. Study involves completing paper-and-pencil measures, questionnaires and a computer-based training program. For more information, please contact Clarice Bourland at973-323-3678 or cbourland@kesslerfoundation.org.

More Studies in Brain Injury

REST Protocol Case Study - The Restful Recovery Education Sensory Stimulation & Therapeutic Interventions (R.E.S.T.) Protocol is a treatment approach designed to both meet the therapeutic needs of children diagnosed with acquired brain injury who are functioning at RLAS levels I-III and also to meet the psychosocial and educational needs of their families.

Our Recent Publications

Genova HM, Haight A, Natsheh JY, DeLuca J and Lengenfelder J (2019) The Relationship Between Social Communication and Social Functioning in Pediatric TBI: A Pilot Study. Front. Neurol. 10:850. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2019.00850

Marino, C., et al. (2018). The Effect of Admission Functional Independence on Early Recovery in Pediatric Traumatic and Nontraumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.

Nolan K.J., et al. (2018). Robotic Exoskeleton Gait Training for Inpatient Rehabilitation in a Young Adult with Traumatic Brain Injury. 2018 40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), Honolulu, HI, 2018.

For a full list of publications, please click here.

Children's Specialized Hospital's Brain Injury Program

The Brain Injury program at Children’s Specialized Hospital provides a broad range of medical care and rehabilitation therapy for patients who have acquired a brain injury through physical trauma or a medical condition that affects brain function. Learn more.

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