Conference Schedule


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8am - 8:30am - Conference Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Exhibits Open

8:30am - 8:45am - Welcome and Introductions
Jeff Kreutzer, Ph.D., ABPP, FACRM

8:45am - 9:45am - The 2018 Mitch Rosenthal Memorial Lecture

     Sexuality and Brain Injury Rehabilitation: Bridging the Gap

     Speaker: Angelle M. Sander, Ph.D., FACRM

9:50am - 10:50am - Breakout Sessions 1

     Session A: Neuropsychological Assessment in TBI Rehabilitation: An Overview
     Speaker: Ana Mills, Psy.D.

     Session B: Counseling After Brain Injury: Changing the Narrative
     Speaker: Herman R. Lukow II, Ph.D., LMFT

     Session C: De-escalation and Behavioral Dyscontrol
     Speaker: Robert L. Karol, Ph.D., ABPP-RP, CBIST

10:50am - 11:10am - Break/Visit Exhibits

11:10am - 12:10pm - Breakout Sessions 2

     Session A: The Fundamentals of Study Design in Brain Injury Rehabilitation: How Quality Research can Affect Patient Care
     Speaker: Adam P. Sima, Ph.D

     Session B: An Evidence-Based Coping Skills Intervention for Survivors of Brain Injury and Their Caregivers
     Speaker: Samantha Backhaus, Ph.D

     Session C: Some Things Old are New Again: An Update of Cognitive Communicative Intervention in the High Level TBI Patient
     Speaker: Woodford A. Beach, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

12:10pm - 1:20pm - Lunch (provided)

1:25pm - 2:25pm - Breakout Sessions 3

     Session A: Incorporating Program Outcome Measures into Clinical Practice
     Speaker: Jennifer H. Marwitz, M.A.

     Session B:  Helping Clients Drive the Bus After Brain Injury: Application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
     Speaker: Angelle M. Sander, Ph.D., FACRM

     Session C: Mindfulness Meditation as an Adjunct Treatment for mTBI
     Speaker: Brian L. Meyer, Ph.D., LCP

2:25pm - 2:40pm - Break/Visit Exhibits

2:45pm - 3:45pm - Breakout Sessions 4

     Session A:  Return to Work after TBI: Predicting and Facilitating Success
     Speaker: Ana Mills, Psy.D. and Kate Stromberg, B.S.

     Session B: Family Needs After TBI: Treatment Implications
     Speaker:  Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, Ph.D, ABPP, FACRM

     Session C:  Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP): A self-designed plan to help clients and caregivers stay well, take personal responsibility, and improve quality of life
     Speaker: Sara Aly, MSW, CBIS, Jennifer Ardis, MSW, CBIS, and Sarah Pickford, MS, OTR/L, CBIS

3:50pm - 4:50pm - Breakout Sessions 5

     Session A: Getting Patients Back to Work Following Concussion
     Speakers: Richard Kunz, M.D.

     Session B: Examination of a Couples Intervention to Enhance Marital Satisfaction after Brain Injury
     Speaker: Samantha Backhaus, Ph.D

     Session C: Technology Overload... What Do I Need... What do I use... How do I use it?
     Speaker: Melissa Oliver, MS OTR/L

5pm – 6:30pm Cocktail Reception and Poster Presentations in the Adams Ballroom 
(cocktails and hors-d'oeuvres served)

List of Poster Presentations:

Sensor-based modeling of sleep and behavior in acute to chronic TBI
Presenter: Samuel Clanton, MD, Ph.D

Performance validity in collegiate football players during baseline neurocognitive testing
Presenter:  Laszlo Erdodi, Ph.D

The application of naturalistic instruments for assessing functional cognition of individuals with brain injuries
Presenter: Evan Knutson, MS, CRC

Examining the impact of relationship stability on satisfaction with life after TBI
Presenter: Margie Martinez, BA

Rehabilitation perspectives and quality of life management with a brain injury
Presenter: Nicholas Mehrnoosh, BA

Employment outcomes and mental health vulnerabilities after a brain injury
Presenter: Nicholas Mehrnoosh, BA

Lessons from CLiC: Online Assessments for a Brain Injury Telehealth Program
Presenter: Stacey Nichols

Polytrauma rehabilitation center: Active duty service members & social workers in the VA Medical Center
Presenter:  Keneshia Thornton, MSW

Effect of BMX riding on head impact kinematics and concussion assessment scores
Presenter: Ryan Tierney, Ph.D, LAT, ATC

The Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury Affecting Visual Processing
Presenter: Ayra Sayyed, OD

Community reintegration training: Putting it all together to get BACK TO "Life"
Presenter: Jennifer Vass, CTRS


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7:45am - 8:15am - Conference Registration (Day 2 Registrants Only)
Continental Breakfast and Exhibits Open

8:20am - 8:30 am - Welcome and Announcements

8:30am - 9:30am - General Session 1

     Why Risk Taking and Violence May Occur in Veterans with mTBI: Veteran, Family, and Clinical Perspectives
     Speaker: Joe Hamilton, MSG, Janette Hamilton, Ph.D., and Brian L. Meyer, Ph.D.

9:30am - 10:30am - General Session 2

    Conceptualizing Disability: Helping People Find a Disability Formulation
    Speaker: Robert L. Karol, Ph.D., ABPP-RP, CBIST

10:30am - 11:00am - Break // Exhibitors Raffle Drawing // Checkout from Hotel

11:00am - 12:30pm - General Session 3

     Interprofessional Ethics and Team Approaches to Brain Injury Rehabilitation
     Speakers: Woodford A. Beach, Ph.D., CCC/SLP,
     Daniel W. Klyce, Ph.D, LCP,
     Shawn E. Soper, PT, DPT, MBA, and;

12:30pm - 1:30pm - Lunch (Provided)

1:30pm - 3:45pm - Oral Presentations
(30 Minute Presentations Including 5 Minute Q&A and 5 Minute Break)

Room 1:

Consequences of a Visual Processing Compromise Following a Neurological Event Affecting Posture and Movement
Speaker: William Padula, MD

Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation and Gait Training in TBI
Speaker: Sarah Thompson, MM, MT-BC, CBIS

Evaluation of Robotic Gait Training in Early Stage Rehabilitation of Children Post-ABI
Speaker: Virginia Wright, BScPT, MSc, PhD and Ryan Hung, MSc, MD

Room 2:

Pharmacotherapy: Concepts, Challenges and Caveats
Speaker: Nathan D. Zasler, MD, FAAPM&R, FACRM, FIAMIME, DAIPM, CBIST

Post-Acute Rehabilitation Length of Stay and TBI Outcome
Speaker: Jessica Ashley, Ph.D.

Predicting Vocational Outcome Following Brain Injury: Towards A Better Professional Guidance
Speaker: Romina Manoli, Ph.D Student

Service Member Transitional Advanced Rehabilitation: From Service to Success                                                                                                                                  Speaker: William Robbins MD, Rachel Schaier, and Megan Vaughn

Room 3:

Utilizing Makerspace Technologies to Improve Function in Patients With TBI
Speaker: John Miller, MS and Seth Hills, ME

The Community Mobility Assessment-2: Reliability and Validity in Youth with ABI
Speaker: Trish Geisler, BScOT and Kelly Brewer, BScPT, MSc

Concussion Chalk Talk: Improving School-Based Management Through Culture Change
Speaker: Jonathan Lichtenstein, PsyD, MBA

Extending the Grand Rounds Model Into a Clinical Psychology Classroom: Individuals With Brain Injury Inform and Inspire Graduate Students
Speaker: Alison Fedio, PhD, PsyD and Paul Fedio, PhD

3:45pm - Conference Ends: Pick up CEU Forms