Denise Krch, PhD

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Senior Research Scientist
Advancing Diverse Rehabilitation Treatments Laboratory

Department
Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Research
Laboratory
Advancing Diverse Rehabilitation Treatments Laboratory
Phone
973-324-8392

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.    

Expertise
Multiple Sclerosis
Traumatic Brain Injury
Cognitive Rehabilitation Intervention
Virtual Reality
Cognitive Reserve
Education
Postdoctoral Fellowship - UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School / Kessler Foundation Research Center
Postdoctoral Fellowship - Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group
Predoctoral Internship - Jackson Memorial Medical Center
PhD - Clinical Neuropsychology, The Graduate Center and Queens College, CUNY
MPhil - Clinical Neuropsychology, The Graduate Center and Queens College, CUNY
MA - Biopsychology, Stony Brook University, SUNY
BS - Psychology, Ursinus College
Honors
Graduate Center University Fellowship, 2005
Professional Staff Congress / City University of New York Tuition Award , 2003
Graduate Center Tuition Award, 2003
Graduate Teaching Fellowship, 2003
Awarded funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
Research Interests

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

Publications

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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.