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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

Developing and Translating a Statewide System of Support and Collaboration Into Local Support Networks Integrated Through Resource Facilitation May 14th, 2009

Lance Trexler, PhD (PI), Laura Trexler, OTR, Anna Garrett (Brain Injury Association of Indiana), Alan Neuenschwander, and Nancy Griffin; funded by the Human Resources and Services Administration through the Indiana Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation with the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Foundation.

Following acquired brain injury (ABI) and acute hospitalization and rehabilitation, the survivor and their families are challenged to discover what resources are available through various public and private sector organizations.  Each organization has different accessibility criteria, priorities, and processes.  Each survivor and family is left to rediscover how to navigate the maze to recovery and re-integration into the community following brain injury. As a consequence, work outcomes following moderate to severe brain injury are typically less than 40%, and typically around 30% for working age patients.  Access to coordination of resources is intended to increase access and appropriate use of services, and to improve vocational outcome.

This is a four year grant from the Human Resources and Services Administration through the Indiana Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation with the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Foundation.  The goal of this project is to establish brain injury specific integrated, proactive and coordinated systems of supports and services at state and local levels to improve vocational outcomes for individuals after a brain injury. This project calls for the establishment of the Indiana Brain Injury Leadership Board which will oversee the development of the community based Local Support Networks (LSN).  The LSNs will provide an integrated and coordinated network of support from participating private and public resources.  The LSNs will also link the survivor and their family to Resource Facilitation services.

Resource Facilitation methods and activities include:

  • Assessment to identify current status, needs and resources in life domains;
    • Planning and documentation mutually agreed upon, person-centered goals and service/resource needs;
    • Identification of community-based resources, whenever possible, for services and supports, including emotional supports. Evaluate, through subjective report from participants, effectiveness of what has been utilized in the past;
    • Facilitation of access to resources through education and advocacy;
      • Proactive monitoring of the status of the plan as well as the quality and appropriateness of the services and supports, and resources through telephone or internet contact, or personal contact when able.  Contact with either the caregiver or the individual with a brain injury occurred, at a minimum of, every two weeks; and
      • Provision of education to the individual with a brain injury and principal support/caregiver.  Education will include information on Brain Injury, personal advocacy and partnership development and the development and maintenance of a personalized Resource Facilitation Handbook including a projected discharge plan.