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(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI) is pleased to announce that Dr. Dawn Neumann, Ph.D., has joined its team as a clinical research associate. In addition, both she and Dr. Jacob Kean, Ph.D., a clinical research associate at RHI, have been named visiting assistant research professors at the Indiana University (I.U.) School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Neumann, who comes to RHI from Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte, N.C., earned her Masters degree in Cognitive Psychology from Rutgers University, and her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science from the University at Buffalo. Neumann’s current research focuses on identifying and treating emotional problems following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and her interests range from learning about the neurophysiological aspects of emotions to understanding how emotions contribute to behavior and interpersonal communication. Neumann’s overarching research goal is to improve social outcomes and quality of life for people with TBI.
At the same time, Kean focuses his research on acute recovery from acquired brain injury, identifying biological and behavioral markers of this period of recovery with the ultimate goal of enhancing patient outcomes. His interests include the contribution of anticholinergic drugs to impairment severity following acquired brain injury; characterizing brain network function during early recovery from brain injury; acquired neurolinguistic communication disorders; computational modeling of stochastic recovery processes in brain injury; and predictive variables in brain injury rehabilitation outcome.
Kean has an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and a Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences, both from Indiana University – Bloomington. While an assistant professor in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, he will concurrently complete a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroimaging at the Indiana University Center for Neuroimaging.
“We are thrilled that these outstanding doctors will be contributing to both the RHI and the School of Medicine’s research programs,” said Dr. Flora Hammond, RHI’s chief of medical affairs and chairman of I.U.’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. “With their assistance, we’ll be able to more rapidly translate research findings into effective clinical care.”
A community collaboration between Clarian Health and St. Vincent Health, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana first opened its doors in January 1992. One of the largest freestanding rehabilitation hospitals in the Midwest, RHI provides inpatient acute services and outpatient and vocational rehabilitation services for adolescents and adults. The RHI Sports Program, which is recognized as among the best in the country, serves hundreds of people with disabilities every year.