Spinal Cord Injury Research Studies

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The Spinal Cord Injury research department at Kessler Foundation aims to promote recovery, address complications, evaluate new technologies, and better understand the experiences of people living with SCI and their families. 

Topics of ongoing projects include (but are not limited to):

• Identifying strategies to improve quality of life for people with SCI and chronic pain
• Evaluating wheelchair-related training programs
• Assessing potential benefits of robotic exoskeleton-assisted walking
• Identifying social, economic, and geographic factors that promote well-being
• Identifying therapies to improve function
• Preventing or managing complications such as pain, pressure ulcers, infections, obesity, blood pressure issues, and difficulties with thinking or memory
• Improving the process of training and working with caregivers

Read below for information about our studies currently enrolling participants with spinal cord injuries: 


Dr. John O’Neill, principal investigator in Spinal Cord Injury research seeks volunteers for a spinal cord injury study. The purpose of this study is to identify ways of enhancing the use of assistive technology for individuals with spinal cord injury who live and work in New Jersey.

Improving the Usability of Assistive Technology at Work (flyer)

This study examines how people with SCI use assistive technology at work and how enhancing the use of assistive technology can increase productivity and job satisfaction. 

  • In order to participate you must live and work in New Jersey, have a spinal cord injury, be employed, and use assistive technology.
  • Participants will complete an online evaluation of work-related activities (including work done at home) and how useful assistive technology is in completing these activities.
  • You will receive a $25 gift card after completing an online evaluation.
    • Based on this evaluation, we may determine that you would benefit from using enhanced assistive technology at work. In this case, an assistive technology expert would conduct a follow-up evaluation at your place of work and recommend improvements.



Have other questions? Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions about our research.

Want to see other studies? Click here to return to our "Join Our Research Studies" page.

To contact our Research Recruitment Specialist directly, email researchstudies@kesslerfoundation.org.

If you are interested in enrolling in these studies, fill out the form below. Our research recruitment specialist will contact you.