The Hotchkiss Brain Institute
Healthy Brains for Better Lives
Professor, University of Calgary
Office: Rm 254, Admin Building
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr. NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4
Lab/Clinical Research: Alberta Children’s Hospital
My research aims to better understand the outcomes of childhood brain injury and influences on recovery, and thereby foster more effective treatment and management. The research has three major themes: (1) the family’s role in shaping the outcomes of traumatic brain injury (TBI); (2) the sequelae of mild TBI; and (3) the impact of TBI on social development.
I collaborate with an interdisciplinary group of investigators. Our team has examined the impact of TBI on children’s families and the effects that family functioning has on children’s recovery from TBI. Our findings have been translated into clinical interventions designed to promote better outcomes after TBI, currently being tested in randomized clinical trials. We have studied the roles of injury and non-injury factors in the onset and persistence of post-concussive symptoms (PCS) in mild TBI, and are currently investigating the prediction of persistent PCS using common diagnostic methods (i.e., assessment of presenting signs/symptoms, acute mental status examination and balance testing, neuropsychological testing, and neuroimaging). We have examined social outcomes of childhood TBI in studies guided by our integrative model of social competence in childhood brain disorder that draws on both social neuroscience and developmental psychology.
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