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. For more information, please contact Lauren Hendrix at 973-324-8384

Adolescent Robotic Exoskeleton Gait Training in ABI during Outpatient Rehabilitation: For more information, please contact Karen Nolan, PhD at

Neurophysiological Impact of Robotic Guided Gait Training for Adolescents with Brain Injury: For more information, please contact Kiran Karunakaran, PhD, at

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

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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