JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute Traumatic Brain Injury Model System

JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute provides a coordinated, multidisciplinary system of neurorehabilitation designed to meet the needs of individuals with TBI. Over the five years of this project we will contribute to the TBI Model Systems National Database by enrolling 42 participants annually, conducting longitudinal follow-up, and filling knowledge gaps by providing novel information about activity limitations and patterns of recovery for individuals with TBI. We will participate in collaborative multi-center research, and site-specific research on functional recovery patterns. The goal of our Site Specific Research is to improve assessment of outcomes across all post-acute settings by evaluating activity limitations and changes in functional activity domains throughout the course of recovery and rehabilitation. Objectives are to: 1) evaluate the sensitivity of Activity Measure for Post-Acute Care (AM-PAC) to longitudinal changes in activity limitations during acute rehabilitation and through the first year of recovery after TBI; 2) demonstrate treatment-induced changes in activity limitations after post-acute rehabilitation; 3) examine the relationship between AM-PAC scales and traditional discipline-specific measures; and 4) evaluate agreement between patients and proxy AM-PAC respondents The anticipated outcomes are: 1) clinicians will have access to a more precise and easily administered measure to assess longitudinal changes of activity limitations across settings; 2) researchers will utilize a functional, patient-centered outcome measure related to activities of everyday life to evaluate rehabilitation effectiveness; and 3) individuals with TBI and their families/caregivers will be provided with meaningful information related to improvements in physical, functional, and cognitive abilities in daily functioning. Expected products are clinical training and instructional materials, professional publications and presentation, and educational materials for consumers and stakeholders.

JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute

2048 Oak Tree Road
Edison NJ 08820

Project Officer: Cate Miller, Ph.D.
Project Number:
Keith D. Cicerone, Ph.D.
Project Directorkeith.cicerone@hackensackmeridian.org(732) 906-2645
Yelena Goldin, Ph.D.
Co-Investigator, Neuropsychologistyelena.goldin@hackensackmeridian.org(732) 906-2903
Brian Greenwald, M.D.
Associate Director of Brain Injurybrian.greenwald@hackensackmeridian.org 
Georgianna Dart, Psy.D.
Neuropsychologistgeorgianna.dart@hackensackmeridian.org(732) 321-7762
Susan Paradise, M.Ed.
Data Collectorsusan.paradise@hackensackmeridian.org(732) 906-2402
Rosanne Sevinsky, M.A.
Database Coordinatorrosanne.sevinsky@hackensackmeridian.org(732) 906-2659
Kathleen Carey, M.A.
Data Collectorkacarey@JFKHealth.org 
Erin Fults
Post Doctoral FellowErinM.Fults@hackensackmeridian.org(732) 906-2640, ext. 42219
Sara Michaud
Co-Investigatorsara.michaud@hackensackmeridian.org(732) 906-2640 ext. 42403
Joseph Wrobleski
Data CollectorJoseph.Wrobleski@HackensackMeridian.org(732) 906-2640 x42235
Suchismita Lohani
Research Assistantjoyeelohani@gmail.com(201) 687-8252
Sarah Heber
Postdoctoral FellowSarah.Heber@hackensackmeridian.org(732) 906-2640