Thursday, April 22, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST
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Brain injury (BI) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States, with an estimated 6.5 million survivors living with secondary disabilities. Secondary disabilities can be long lasting and may significantly contribute to decreased quality of life (QoL) for BI survivors. Such disabilities include memory impairment, loss of motor function and/or sensation, as well as issues related to emotional stability; all of which impact the likelihood of returning to work. Return to work (RTW) reduces the stress of financial burdens, allows a person to feel productive, gives structure to the day, and is ultimately considered a critical aspect of QoL.
Several factors contribute to a persons’ ability to RTW after a BI, such as their physical functioning, visual-perceptual skills, psychosocial interactions, and cognitive abilities, along with certain other pre- and post-injury related predictors. To address these concerns, post-acute care goes beyond the immediate needs of the survivors, allowing for a more comprehensive and targeted approach to rehabilitation. A longitudinal assessment of the patients’ needs gives the opportunity re-assess and (re)direct therapy goals to support RTW.
Following the presentation, participants should be able to:
- Identify pre- and post-injury related predictors of return to work
- Describe ways in which post-acute therapy can support return to work
- List 3 employer/employee strategies for supporting successful return to work
Stefanie Howell, Ph.D.
Neuroscientist and Research
Dr. Stefanie Howell received her doctorate in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. During that time, her primary area of research was pre-clinical models of neurodegenerative disease. Since joining Centre for Neuro Skills, Dr. Howell has focused her research on methods for facilitating recovery after brain injury, including investigation of sleep alterations and post-injury biomarkers. She has served as a reviewer for several scientific journals and is a member of the National Neurotrauma Society, American Heart Association, Society for Neuroscience, and the Sleep Research Society.