Rusk Rehabilitation TBIMS at NYU

Over the course of the 5-year cycle, Rusk Rehabilitation will enroll 50 individuals with TBI per year into the TBIMS National Database. For the site-specific project (PI: Tamara Bushnik, PhD, FACRM; co-I: Michelle Smith, MPH, CHES), Rusk Rehabilitation and its numerous clinical, academic, and community partners will provide evidence for characterizing TBI as a chronic condition and implement programs in order to improve Quality of Life (QoL) for those living with TBI for more than one year. The goal of the site-specific project is to demonstrate the numerous ways in which TBI affects QoL in individuals with TBI and their caregivers. The objectives are: 1) to determine the long-term medical and psychological issues associated with living with TBI 2) understand the facilitators and barriers to managing TBI taking into account diverse experiences of racial/ethnic and cultural backgrounds and 3) provide interventions and recommendations to impact the holistic experience of living with a TBI from individual action, community involvement to healthcare management. Anticipated outcomes include 1) researchers will collect critical information regarding the multi-faceted issues surrounding long-term management of TBI; 2) researchers will have improved understanding of the coping mechanisms employed by individuals, caregivers and community members in various populations and 3) community participation during this project will be increased by employing a community engaged research approach. The expected products include a toolkit as a result of the site-specific project to disseminate clinical care recommendations as well as culturally-tailored educational materials to individuals, community-based organizations and other relevant stakeholders. The module project (PI: Barbara Siminovich-Blok, ND, MS, LAc, co-I: Hilary Bertisch, PhD, ABPP-CN) is a randomized, crossover, clinical trial designed to determine the therapeutic effects of seated yoga on individuals with chronic TBI. Anticipated outcomes include participants in the seated yoga intervention will demonstrate improved QOL, physical functioning, physiological measures and cognitive functioning relative to the activity monitoring control group. The expected product is an intervention script and training module for the 8-week seated yoga intervention.

Rusk Rehabilitation, Ambulatory Care Center

240 East 38th Street, 17th Floor
New York NY 10016

Project Officer: Kris Painter, Ph.D.
Project Number:
Tamara Bushnik, Ph.D.
KT Committee Chair
Project 263-6547
Joseph Rath 263-6183
Joseph Ricker, Ph.D., ABPP (CN, RP) 
Aaron Beattie
Database 263-6039
Brian Im, MD
Michelle Smith
Assistant Research 501-9162
Hilary Bertisch
Senior 263-2282
Christina Vicale 684-3068
Natalie Jenkins
Research 501-7759
Olga Garduno-Ortega
Research 501-9301
Alejandro Zarate
Research 501-9162
Jennifer Russo, MD
Research TBI Fellowjennyfrusso@gmail.con(310) 592-4845
Keyanna Davis 402-6033
Judy Wilson
Asst Director of 552-3603