Northern NJ TBI Model System

Project Directors:

Nancy D. Chiaravalloti, PhD
John DeLuca, PhD

Team Members:

John O'Neill, PhD
Bruce Gans, MD
Neil Jasey, MD
Anthony Lequerica, PhD
Jeannie Lengenfelder, PhD
Denise Krch, PhD

Belinda Washington
Angela Smith
Irene Ward, DPT, NCS

Silvio Lavrador

Denise Vasquez

Andrea Trotta Gagliano, MS

Dennis Tirri 

Melissa Grossman, MS

Mallory Houston


dWho We Are: The Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System (NNJTBIS) is one of 16 regional partners of the national TBI Model System (TBIMS) project, which is funded by the National Institute on Disability Independant Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The goal is to research ways to improve the treatment, care, and outcomes of TBI in the US. Each system collects local data on rehabilitation admissions, progress, outcome and long-term recovery for people with traumatic brain injury (TBI). NNJTBIS conducts collaborative projects with other TBI model systems as well as site-specific projects.

What We Do: NNJTBIS contributes data it collects to the NIDILRR-funded national TBI database, which contains over 15,000 cases. Data collection is initiated during inpatient stays at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. Patients with TBI answer a series of questions relating to demographics, history of injuries, and other medical data. Follow-up interviews are conducted by telephone at one year, two years,  five years after the injury, and every five years after that. Medical documentation is also collected from the five area hospitals that provide acute care for individuals with TBI: Morristown Medical Center, University Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center and Jersey City Medical Center.

Our Research Studies: NNJTBIS is involved in research studies that are addressing different aspects of living with TBI:

  • TBI affects the ability to think and respond quickly to your environment. We are conducting a randomized clinical trial that examines the efficacy of a cognitive rehabilitation protocol for people with TBI.

The MSKTC center is a national center that works to put research into practice to serve the needs of people with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and burn injuries.Click here for the Model System Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) .

View the NNJTBIS  Research Publication Database.

Access TBI Consumer Information factsheets.

Read our TBI Newsletters in pdf file format below:

TBI News & Views 2016 Issue 2
TBI News & Views 2016 Issue 1
TBI News & Views 2015 Issue 1
TBI News & Views 2014 Issue 1
TBI News & Views 2013 Issue 2
TBI News & Views 2013 Issue 1
TBI News & Views 2012 Issue 2
TBI News & Views 2012 Issue 1
TBI News & Views 2011 Issue 1
TBI News & Views 2010 Issue 2
TBI News & Views 2010 Issue 1

Learn more about the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey


The NNJTBIS is supported by grant #90DP0032 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, US Dept of Education, Washington, DC.