Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System (NNJTBIS)

Kessler Foundation Research Center
Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Research
120 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite 100
East Hanover NJ 07936-3147

Project Officer: Kirstin Painter, Ph.D.
Project Number: 90DPTB0032

Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System (NNJTBIS) conducts research and knowledge translation activities with the goal of improving the quality of life of individuals with TBI. NNJTBIS objectives include: (1) enrolling at least 35 participants per year into the National TBI database, following participants 1-, 2- and 5-years post-injury and beyond, meeting or exceeding established benchmarks; (2) conducting an innovative site-specific randomized clinical trial evaluating the effects of a combination of an optimized version of the KF modified Story Memory Technique (KF-mSMTTM) and aerobic cycling exercise training to maximize improvements in new learning and memory abilities, elucidating its neural underpinnings, and improving everyday life in persons with moderate-to-severe TBI; and (3) collaborating on at least two modular studies and leading a collaborative modular project utilizing a mixed methods approach to move beyond identifying the existence of health disparities in TBI rehabilitation by examining the ways in which the social determinants of health are associated with the persistence of those disparities. Project outputs include broad dissemination of results via the project website, social media, consumer and professional publications, presentations, and more, and coordinating with the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center for collaborative, streamlined, and far-reaching dissemination. TBI Consumer participation is quintessential to the success of the NNJTBIS and a diversity, equity and inclusion committee ensures maximal diversity within research and dissemination activities.
Nancy Chiaravalloti Ph.D.
Project 324-8440
John DeLuca, Ph.D.
Project 324-3572
John O'Neil, Ph.D. 324-8387
Bruce Gans, M.D. 324-3657
Neil Jasey, M.D.
Co-Investigator, Medical 414-6748
Anthony Lequerica, Ph.D.
Cross Cultural Coordinator/ Data 324-3551
Karen Nolan, Ph.D.
Assistant Data 324-3544
Irene Ward, PT, DPT, NCS
Brain Injury Clinical Research 324-3678
Jeannie Lengenfelder Ph.D.
Dissemination 324-8446
Belinda Washington, BS
Research 324-3528
Angela Smith
Research 324-8448
Andrea Gagliano, MS, CRC
Research 324-3591
Frank Luo
Research 323-3677
Melissa Grossman, MA
Research 323-3750
Daniela Arriagada
Kessler Foundation Research 926-7862
Paige Rusnock
Research 324-8436
Alec DeGraaf
Senior Research 324-8380
Justin Gelman
Research 525-0977
Liane Taracena
Research 324-8457
Lauren Vitale
Research 323-3748
Mikayla Haas
Research 324-8442
Kimberly Woodin
Research 324-3571-8402
Amanda Giarratana
Research 323-3676
Darian Raizberg
Research 324-8435
Rebeca Costa do Nascimento
Research 720-3552
Ashley Barreto
research 323-3684