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Current Studies & Research
The interFACE Lab

The interFACE Lab The Interactive and Functional Assessment of Communication and Emotion (InterFACE) Center is a natural observation laboratory designed to research emotional and behavioral deficits in people with neurological,… Read More


TrackTBI Investigator: Richard Rodgers, MD TRACK-TBI:  The multicenter Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Traumatic Brain Injury (TRACK-TBI) study aims to improve success of clinical trial design through the collection and analysis of… Read More

Training to Reconnect with emotional awareness therapy

Training to Reconnect with emotional awareness therapy (TREAT) Investigators: Dawn Neumann, Flora Hammond The purpose of this study is to teach participants with traumatic brain injury to develop better emotional… Read More

Avanir Study

Avanir Study Sheryl Katta-Charles MD, Principal Investigator A Phase 2, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to assess the efficacy, safety and tolerability or AVP-786 (deudextromethorphan hydrobromide [d6-DM]/quinidine sulfate [Q]) for… Read More

Monitoring Safety and Training in Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries

Long-Term, Prospective, Non-Interventional Study Monitoring Safety and Training in Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries and Their Trained Companions Recently Initiated with the ReWalk™ Personal Device. Flora Hammond, MD (PI), funded… Read More

Couples Caring and Relating with Empathy-Brain Injury Program (Couples CARE): A skills-based intervention to improve marital satisfaction and adjustment after brain injury March 26th, 2013

Samantha Backhaus, PhD (PI), Dawn Neumann, PhD, Taryn Skejstal, PhD, funded by Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Fund (ISCBIRF).


This is a 2-year study that will be looking at the efficacy of doing a 16 week, small group, marital treatment program for couples after one of them has sustained a brain injury (BI).

This program will consist of psychoeducation, in-session activities, homework activities, and small group intervention and will be taught by 2 facilitators.

The program will consist of cognitive-behavioral treatment, dialectical-behavioral treatment, as well as standard marriage workshop-like training.

The intervention will be manualized and scripted so that all facilitators can at least review the same content, even if they use slightly different wording.

Year 1:  In this year, we will run 2 groups that will run simultaneously for the 16 weeks. The purpose of this is to do baseline testing, run a focus session at the end to ask what people liked or didn’t like about the group, and to do post-intervention testing on the 16th session. Modifications will be made based on feedback.

Year 2: In this year, we will run a Tx group vs Wait-list control group for 16 weeks. We will do that twice.  Also, we will follow-up with 3 month testing.



Contact Person:  Devan Parrot at devan.parrott@rhin.com or 317-294-6161