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
Karen Nolan, PhD
Yomi Lajide
Ailya Naqvi
Silvio Lavrador
Jeannie Lengenfelder, PhD
Denise Krch, PhD
Belinda Washington
Angela Smith
Jacyln Portelli
Andrew Genauldi
Irene Ward

Who 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 and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). 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 NIDRR-funded national TBI database, which contains almost 10,000 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, and five years after the injury. Medical documentation is also collected from the four area hospitals that provide acute care for individuals with TBI: Morristown Medical Center, UMDNJ-University Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, and St. Joseph’s Regional 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, learn and remember. A randomized clinical trial 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 TBI Model System Research Publication Database.

Access TBI Consumer Information factsheets.

Read our TBI Newsletters in pdf file format below:

TBI News & Views 2016 Volume 7, No.1
TBI News & Views Winter 2015
TBI News & Views Winter 2013

TBI News & Views Spring 2013
TBI News & Views Fall 2012
TBI News & Views Winter 2012
TBI News & Views Summer 2011
TBI News & Views Winter 2010
TBI News & Views Summer 2010

Learn more about the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey


The NNJTBIS is supported by grant #H133A120030 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, US Dept of Education, Washington, DC.