Center for Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research

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Center for Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research

Improving Function through Cognitive Rehabilitation Research


Cognitive impairments affect the daily lives of older adults and persons with multiple sclerosis, brain injury, autism, spinal cord injury, and other neurological conditions. Finding new ways to improve learning, memory, fatigue and social cognition helps individuals of all ages maintain their productivity at home, in school and at work, and in the community.  


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VIDEO: Meg Balter, who has multiple sclerosis (MS), participates in cognitive research studies at Kessler Foundation. Meg encourages others to volunteer for clinical trials aimed at improving the lives of persons with MS.

Developing New Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, the most common neurological disease among adults of working age, causes cognitive, as well as physical, disabilities that can limit their ability to engage in family and social activities and employment. Researchers conduct groundbreaking research aimed at improving quality of life for individuals with multiple sclerosis by treating the disabling, but under recognized problems of declines in learning and memory, deficits in emotional processing, and cognitive fatigue. 

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Treating Age-related Cognitive Decline

Age-associated cognitive impairment affects approximately 40% of people 65 and older in the United States. Developing effective treatments have the potential to improve function and quality of life for older adults. Researchers are testing the modified Story Memory Technique (mSMT) in the aging population, comparing the benefits of this technique in healthy older adults with older adults with mild cognitive impairment. The mSMT was developed at the Foundation, and found to be effective in treating memory deficits in multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury. 

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Uncovering Cognitive Deficits in Spinal Cord Injury

More than half of individuals with chronic spinal cord injury have cognitive impairments that adversely affect recovery and overall quality of life. While mobility deficits are readily recognized, it is important to define the cognitive deficits in this population. Identifying modifiable risk factors and developing targeted cognitive interventions will help maximize function, and support full participation in the community and the workforce.

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Applying Advances to Children with Disabilities

Through our affiliation with Children’s Specialized Hospital, research findings are being applied to the study of children and adolescents with autism, brain injury, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Studies incorporating the latest neuroimaging techniques and new technologies are expanding our basic understanding of brain activity patterns and behavior in these conditions, and leading the way to new treatment options that improve learning, behavior, and quality of life.

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  • Audio Description

    PODCAST: LIVING TO THE FULLEST WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: Innovations in Cognitive Rehabilitation Research a panel discussion. Panel includes John DeLuca, PhD, ABPP, Nancy D. Chiaravalloti, PhD, Lauren B. Strober, PhD.

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    PODCAST: 2017 Multiple Sclerosis consumer conference Panel Discussion #1: Wellness, Everyday Life Activities, & Employment. Panel includes Moderator Michele Pignatello, Glenn Wylie, DPhil, Helen M. Genova, PhD, Ekaterina Dobryakova, PhD.

  • Audio Description

    PODCAST: This episode we met with Dr. Benjamin Hampstead, an Associate Professor in Psychiatry, University of Michigan, Staff Neuropsychologist, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, and Clinical Core Leader of the NIA funded Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center.

  • VIDEO: Neurophysologist Describes Many Unknown Complications of MS - Lauren Strober, PhD Research Scientist in Neuropsychology at Kessler Foundation, discusses the challenges patients with multiple sclerosis face. She describes secondary complications many people with MS exerience, such as fatigue and lack of sleep. 

  • VIDEO: Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD discusses the learning process and techniques that have been shown to improve learning and memory in healthy persons.  She walks through the evidence demonstrating these techniques to additionally be helpful to persons with Multiple Sclerosis and Traumatic Brain Injury.  Techniques discussed include a structured treatment protocol, the modified Story Memory Technique (mSMT) and its critical ingredients, context and imagery.  

  • VIDEO: John DeLuca, PhD, ABPP interviewed at 2018 annual Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers conference.

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