Senior Research Scientist
Advancing Diverse Rehabilitation Treatments Laboratory
Denise Krch, PhD is a neuropsychologist who conducts research on cognitive rehabilitation across neurologic populations, with her primary area of expertise being executive function. She has an established line of research developing and evaluating rehabilitation applications using virtual reality (VR) technologies. With funding from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), she developed an innovative VR treatment for rehabilitating impairments in multi-tasking and task switching. Dr. Krch has further applied her VR expertise to multidisciplinary collaborations wherein she investigates ways to improve neglect in stroke survivors, balance deficits in TBI, and social cognitive deficits in multiple sclerosis. Dr. Krch also conducts research in cognitive reserve and caregiver burden. Fluent in Spanish, she investigates outcomes in Hispanics after TBI and the efficacy of cognitive rehabilitation interventions across Hispanic cultures. In addition to NIDILRR, Dr. Krch’s work is also funded by the Department of Defense and the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research.
Dr. Krch's research interests include the efficacy of cognitive rehabilitation interventions for persons with Multiple Sclerosis and Traumatic Brain Injury, with a special interest in the development of culturally competent intervention methods to maximize the efficacy of cognitive rehabilitation intervention with Hispanics
Krch, D., Frank, L., Chiaravalloti, N.D., Vakil, E., DeLuca, J. (in press). cognitive reserve protects against memory decrements associated with Neuropathology in traumatic brain injury. J Head Trauma Rehabil.
Krch, D., Lequerica, A.H. (2017). the factor structure of the disability rating scale in individuals with traumatic brain injury. Disability and Rehabilitation. Sept 23: 1-6. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1378388.
Krch, D., Diaz-Orueta, U., Santana, E., Vasquez, D. (2016). rehabilitación de la Memoria: historia, factores implicados y enfoques de tratamiento. [Memory Rehabilitation: History, Factors for Consideration, and Treatment Approaches]. Revista Neuropsicología, Neuropsiquiatría y Neurociencias. 16(1), 91-120
Krch, D., Lequerica, A., Arango-Lasprilla, J.C., Rogers, H.L., DeLuca, J., Chiaravalloti, N.D. (2015). the multidimensional influence of acculturation on digit symbol-coding and wisconsin card sorting test in Hispanics. Clin Neuropsychol. DOI: 10.1080/13854046.2015.1063696
Krch, D., Nikelshpur, O., Lavrador, S., Chiaravalloti, N.D., Koenig, S., Rizzo, A. (2013). pilot results from a virtual reality executive function task. Proceedings of the International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, Philadelphia, PA.