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Self-Management Skill Development Laboratory



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Jeanne Zanca, MPT, PhD
Laboratory Director

Our current research primarily centers around the secondary complications of spinal cord injury, focusing on empowering individuals with SCI, their families, and caregivers to take proactive measures to effectively prevent and manage complications in their daily lives.


Areas of Focus

Jeanne Zanca, MPT, PhD, directs the Self-Management Skill Development Laboratory, part of the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Research where she is also assistant director at Kessler Foundation. The Lab team's work focuses on encouraging individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) to take action for a healthy life through the application of knowledge, skills, and resources. To achieve this goal, the team develops a range of interventions and initiatives designed to promote well-being among people with SCI and family caregivers in addition to facilitating peer mentoring. For example, a free, web-based training course helps hired personal assistants understand SCI and work collaboratively with their clients. Visit KFLearn.org to access Understanding Spinal Cord Injury: A Course for Personal Care Assistants.


Current Funding Support

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
Department of Defense
New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research
Craig H. Neilsen Foundation
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute