Research Studies - Traumatic Brain Injury Lab

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Our Traumatic Brain Injury Lab studies the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and tests treatments to improve quality of life for individuals with TBI.
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Volunteers are typically compensated for their time. We may be able to assist with transportation, or travel to your home. Please speak with our Research Recruitment Specialist for more information.

Below are the studies that are currently recruiting participants with TBI. You can also download a flyer of all current studies here. This listing was last updated on 11/2/2016.

Consolidation and Encoding (flyer)
This study examines how memory processes may be affected by TBI.

  • If you participate, you’ll complete tests of your thinking ability (3 hours) on your first visit. On the second visit you’ll complete an MRI scan (1 hour) and additional tests of your thinking ability (2 hours).
  • To qualify, you must be between 18 and 49, medically cleared for MRI scans, have no neurological illness other than TBI, and no psychiatric conditions, or significant history of alcohol or drug abuse.

Decision Making in Traumatic Brain Injury
This study examines how decision making abilities may be affected in people with TBI.

  • If you participate, you’ll complete tests of your decision making (3 hours), and a task during an MRI scan (1 hour).
  • To qualify, you must be between 18 and 60, be medically cleared for MRI scans, have no neurological illness than other TBI, and no psychiatric conditions, or significant history of alcohol or drug abuse.

Emotional Processing in TBI (flyer)
This study examines the effects of an emotional processing intervention in persons with TBI.

  • If you participate, you’ll complete baseline and follow-up testing (tests of thinking and emotional skills, 3-4 hours each) and a computer-based intervention (Two 1-hour sessions weekly for 6 week).
  • To qualify, you must be between 18 and 65, and have no neurological illness other than TBI.

Skills to Pay the Bills
This study examines the effect of an employment related social skills intervention.

  • If you participate, you’ll complete questionnaires and attend once-weekly group training sessions (1 hour per session, 12 weeks). There will be take-home assignments to complete after each session.
  • To qualify, you must be between 18 and 65, have a documented moderate to severe TBI, and be at least one year post-TBI.

Speed of Processing Training to Improve Cognition in TBI (flyer)
This study examines the effects of a processing speed intervention in persons with TBI.

  • If you participate, you'll complete baseline testing, 5 weeks of computer activities (2 1/2 hours each week), and either a 6-month follow-up assessment, or once-monthly sessions with a therapist (1 hour each session for 5 months). There is an option to participate in MRI scans as part of the study.
  • To qualify, you must be between 18 and 59, have no neurological illness other than TBI, and no psychiatric conditions, or significant history of alcohol or drug abuse.

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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.