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Trustee Publishes Book with Portion of Sales Benefiting Kessler Foundation

Trustee Publishes Book with Portion of Sales Benefiting Kessler Foundation

April 21, 2015

Saul Simon, CFP, a trustee of Kessler Foundation and national expert on strategic financial planning, published his first book: Simon Says Love Your Legacy - A Guide to Financial Education for You and Your Family. A portion of the sales will benefit Kessler Foundation, a nonprofit organization that changes the lives of people with disabilities through rehabilitation research and funding employment initiatives. “My dream of writing what I believe to be a defining book on the human face to financing has become a reality,” said Simon. “I also set a goal of raising $100


 Research Participants Needed for New Dementia Study

Research Participants Needed for New Dementia Study

April 21, 2015 For people diagnosed within the past 5 years

Kessler Foundation is seeking participants who have been diagnosed with dementia within the past 5 years.  This study requires one 1.5 to 2-hour session of memory testing at our research center in West Orange. No medications or invasive procedures are involved. Monetary compensation provided. Contact Dr. James Sumowski at 


Kessler Foundation Fellow Receives Grant from National Institutes of Health

Kessler Foundation Fellow Receives Grant from National Institutes of Health

April 21, 2015 Rakesh Pilkar, Ph.D., a post-doctoral fellow in Human Performance and Engineering Research at Kessler Foundation, was awarded a R03, $153,000 grant by the National Institutes of Health

WEST ORANGE, N.J. – Rakesh Pilkar, Ph.D., a post-doctoral fellow in Human Performance and Engineering Research at Kessler Foundation, was awarded a R03, $153,000 grant by the National Institutes of Health to study the response levels to function electrical stimulation (FES) interventions in the rehabilitation of stroke patients—titled, “Identification


Dr. Chiaravalloti comments on concussion study in cheerleaders

Dr. Chiaravalloti comments on concussion study in cheerleaders

April 21, 2015 Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, quoted in

Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, is quoted in "Watching Children for Concussions” published on http://www.dailyrx.com/possible-concussions-young-athletes-may-need-professional-evaluation. Her comments focus on a study of the cognitive effects of concussions in cheerleaders published in the August issue of the Journal of Pediatrics. The researchers used the Immediate Postconcussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) to evaluate girls pre- and post-injury.


U.S. News and World Report interview with Rodger DeRose

U.S. News and World Report interview with Rodger DeRose

April 21, 2015 Emphasizes progress among major employers

Rodger DeRose, president and CEO of Kessler Foundation, is quoted in this September 6 US News article, "August Jobs Report Shows Negative Outlook for Disabled Workers." This article examines the August Trends in Disability Employment – National Update (TIDE Update) issued by experts at Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire (UNH). Also interviewed is Andrew Houtenville, PhD, of UNH. Despite the disappointing data, DeRose emphasizes the heightened awareness of some major employers regarding the benefits of hiring people with disabilities.


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New SCI Research & You Brochure Available

April 21, 2015 Brochure insert highlights recruitment for 8 ongoing studies

Now available: Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System: Research and You. a new informative color brochure for individuals with SCI and their caregivers.  Insert details eight ongoing studies being conducted by Kessler Foundation and collaborators. The scan code brings the reader to the research recruitment page on our website.

This new brochure complements our general Kessler Foundation: Research & You participant recruitment brochure.

Reminder: Brochures are


Call for Nominations for Kessler Foundation's DeLisa Award: Deadline Dec. 13

Call for Nominations for Kessler Foundation's DeLisa Award: Deadline Dec. 13

April 21, 2015 4th Annual Award for Excellence in Research & Education A single award of $50,000 will be made in Spring 2014

Kessler Foundation announces the 2013-2014 Call for Nominations for Kessler Foundation’s Joel A. DeLisa, MD Award for Excellence in Research and Education in the Field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R). This $50,000 annual award recognizes a physician or scientist who is a leader and role model in the field of physical medicine & rehabilitation. Click for more information about the nomination process, application guidelines, instructions, and nomination cover sheet for Kessler Foundation’s Joel A. DeLisa, MD Award


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Dr. DeLuca Comments on Neuroimaging Center Opening in The Star-Ledger

April 21, 2015

John DeLuca, PhD, vice president for Research and Training, explained the importance of the Neuroimaging Center at Kessler Foundation in an article in The Star-Ledger, titled, “Kessler opens $6 million research center in West Orange, one of a kind in U.S.,” by Dan Goldberg. Upon its opening on September 26, Kessler Foundation became the only freestanding rehabilitation facility in the nation with a rehabilitation research-dedicated scanner.

In the article,


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Delay in Trends in Disability Employment Update

April 21, 2015 Due to the government shutdown, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will not be releasing first-Friday employment data. Therefore, Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability are unable to release Trends in Disability Employment—National Monthly Update. We will know the date of our next release when the government resumes normal operations. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

 Brain Injury Conference Coming to West Orange

Brain Injury Conference Coming to West Orange

April 20, 2015

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—“Brain Injury: The Challenge of Change,” a conference for individuals with brain injury, will be held on Friday, October 11 at Kessler Conference Center—1199 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange, N.J.—from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference is presented by the Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System (NNJTBIS) and sponsored by Kessler Foundation and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation.

“A traumatic brain injury impacts a person’s life forever,” said Nancy Chiaravalloti, Ph.D., director of NNJTBIS. “Through this conference, individuals with brain injury and their loved ones can gain insights into staying healthy and maintaining social relationships to enjoy life.” Dr. Chiaravalloti is also director of Neuropsychology and Neuroscience


Kessler Foundation Commemorates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Kessler Foundation Commemorates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

April 20, 2015

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—To commemorate October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), Kessler Foundation continues to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities through new partnerships, grantmaking, education, research and expanding opportunities.

"As we commemorate NDEAM, we remember that only abilities matter," said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. “People with disabilities can, and want to, work. They just need to be given the opportunity to prove their skills. When more people


Stroll ‘N Roll Sets Record-Breaking Year to Change the Lives of People with Disabilities

Stroll ‘N Roll Sets Record-Breaking Year to Change the Lives of People with Disabilities

April 20, 2015

On Sunday, 460 people came out to support Kessler Foundation’s 12th Annual Stroll ‘N Roll at Verona Park. In total, $105,000 was raised to change the lives of people with disabilities through the Foundation’s rehabilitation research and funding of disability employment initiatives, the most ever raised in the event’s 12-year history.

“We are thrilled to have a record-breaking year in the attendance and dollars raised at Stroll ‘N Roll,” said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. “Kids and adults, and even dogs, of all ages and abilities


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Carson Family Makes Major Gift to Kessler Foundation to Improve the Lives of People with Disabilities

April 20, 2015

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Russell Carson, co-founder of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe and head of the Carson Family Charitable Trust, recently pledged $250,000 in unrestricted support to Kessler Foundation—a major nonprofit organization in the field of rehabilitation research and disability employment

Mr. Carson is also a member of the Board of Directors of Select Medical Corporation, the parent company of Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. "I'm greatly impressed by Kessler Foundation's rehabilitation research and witnessed firsthand how it is life-changing for people with disabilities," said Mr. Carson. "The Foundation's


One Year Later, Kessler Foundation Supports Hurricane Sandy Relief for People with Disabilities

One Year Later, Kessler Foundation Supports Hurricane Sandy Relief for People with Disabilities

April 20, 2015

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—After the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, Kessler Foundation pledged its support to help people with disabilities recover from the storm. To date, the Foundation awarded 29 grants, totaling more than $160,000, to organizations that support people with disabilities.

“People with disabilities lost housing, medical equipment and supplies and accessible vehicles; in essence, they lost their means of independence,” said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. “This led to lost wages as well as some having to be relocated to temporary


Dr. Strober blogs on neuropsychological evaluations for persons with MS

Dr. Strober blogs on neuropsychological evaluations for persons with MS

April 20, 2015 MSAA features 2-part guest blog

Neuropsychologist Lauren Strober, PhD, of Kessler Foundation, published a two-part guest blog on the value of the neuropsychological evaluation in persons with multiple sclerosis. Part 1: The Neuropsychological Evaluation: Allaying your Fears and Recognizing its Value, and Part 2: The Neuropsychological Evaluation for Persons with MS, were featured in the blog of Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. Dr.