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Areas of Research

Dr. Alex Moroz has an industry sponsored project entitled “A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) use for weight-bearing pain after orthopedic surgery of the hip”. He is also working with Dr. Jaclyn Bonder who received a grant from NYU’s  Program for Medical Education Innovations and Research to develop a “Women’s health interdisciplinary specialty program for faculty development”.

In the focus area of acquired brain injury, Rusk has 6 projects that are currently underway. Dr. Lenny Diller has an NIH funded study entitled “Individual problem-solving treatment in adults with acquired brain damage”.  Dr. Kristine Kingsley is funded through a Solomon grant for a study entitled “Cognitive rehabilitation: co-training caregivers of individuals with acquired brain injury”.  Two studies that are being supported through departmental funds are “Barriers that family caregivers of individuals with acquired brain injury may experience when accessing family-oriented services” with Dr. Donna Langenbahn as PI and “Implicit learning and acquired brain injury” with Dr. David Litke as PI. Dr. Hilary Bertisch has submitted a study entitled “Development of the Basic Skills Questionnaire for individuals with acquired brain injury in an outpatient cognitive remediation program” to the APA Division 40 for consideration as an Early Career Research Grant .

The Therapy Department is also well represented with 4 current research projects. Kate Parkin is the PI for 2 studies that are funded through the department: “Finding meaning in illness” and “The Nagi framework for identifying acute stroke recovery: a comparison of the Stroke Rehabilitation Assessment of Movement Scale (STREAM), FIM, and Stroke Impact Scale (SIS)”. A study that is being developed in conjunction with Hunter College has Tara Denham as PI and Ting-Ting Kuo as co-investigator and is entitled “The Effectiveness of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) Combined with Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT) in the Treatment of Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema:  A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study”. The fourth study that is being developed by Rachel Feld-Glazman and Steve Van Lew, with Dr. Tamara Bushnik as PI, is a study to examine the effectiveness of a brief targeted intervention when added to an interdisciplinary Stroke Education and Wellness Group on patients’ stroke knowledge and their behavioral change related to modifiable stroke risk factors.

As of April 1, 2010, our research portfolio will grow by 5 when Dr. Preeti Raghavan joins us. She will bring with her 3 externally funded projects – “Interhemispheric transfer of grasp control after stroke”, “Relationship between forearm pain and postural muscle activation in keyboardists”, and “Botulinum Toxin Type A therapy as a plasticity-inducing agent for the recovery of hand function after stroke”. The other 2 studies are entitled “Simultaneous Bimanual Training to improve post-stroke finger independence” and “Changes in attention and motor control after TBI”.

The start of 2010 has been a busy one with clinical research grant submissions. Dr. Joseph Rath and Laura Miles submitted an NIH R01 application titled “Advanced neuroimaging techniques in cognitive rehabilitation for TBI”. In collaboration with Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Teresa Ashman arranged a consortium agreement to serve as a collaborative site on an NIH R01 grant application entitled “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Treatment of TBI-Related Insomnia”. Finally, Dr. Ashman, who had a very busy first 6 weeks on the job, submitted a grant application to the National Institutes on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to support a training program for post-doctoral fellows in the allied health professions to hone their rehabilitation research skills.