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Adult Rehabilitation, Disability & Participation

Spinal Cord Injury

Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of Delaware Valley, The National Institutes on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems, October 2011 –  September 2016
Stephen B. Kern, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Ralph Marino, M.D.
Louis Hunter, DPT, PT

Phenomenological study exploring the changing healthcare needs of individuals, 65 and older, living with spinal cord injury, and their caregivers.

Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury

Veteran’s In-home Program (VIP), 2011-2014
Catherine Verrier Piersol, PhD, OTR/L, Consultant, Interventionist
Tracey Vause Earland, MS, OTR/L, Consultant, Interventionist

(L. Winter, PhD, PI)

Funded by National Institutes of Health, R21 HD068857-01
Philadelphia Veterans Administration

This study is a 2-group parallel randomized controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate effectiveness and acceptability of the Veterans’ In-home Program (VIP), an innovative intervention with the goal of enhancing functioning at home and community reintegration of veterans with mild to moderate TBI. Using assessments of the veteran’s functioning and environment and identifying his/her personal goals, the OT creates a tailored program of compensatory, problem-solving, and emotion-regulation strategies to address veteran’s specific functional challenges and build skills for daily living that enhance resilience.