Conference Schedule


Wednesday May 3rd, 2017

8:30am - 6:30pm

Session #1: Writing Plans to Treat Behavioral Issues after Acquired Brain Injury: A Step by Step Workshop
Speaker: Robert L. Karol, Ph.D., L.P., ABPP, CBIST

  • The participant will be able to explain the behavior planning process
  • The participant will be able to describe the information needed to write a plan that works
  • The participant will be able to analyze the etiology of behaviors and write plans to treat it

Session #2: Solution-focused Interventions for Rehabilitation Professionals
Speaker: Caron Gan, RN, MScN, RP, RMFT, AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor

  • Compare the traditional medical/rehabilitation paradigm with a solution-focused paradigm
  • Gain an overview of the principles and assumptions underlying solution focused therapy
  • Discover new ways of asking questions that orient towards solutions, strengths, and possibilities
  • Practice solution-focused interviewing skills through role plays and live demonstration

Main Conference: Day 1

Thursday May 4th, 2017

8am - 6:30pm

8am - 8:30am - Conference Registration, Continental Breakfast and Exhibits Open

8:30am - 8:45am - Welcome and Introductions
Jeff Kreutzer, Ph.D., ABPP, FACRM and Karen Brown, M.Ed, CBIS

8:45am - 9:45am - General Session

Mitch Rosenthal Lecture: Process and Outcome of Holistic Neuropsychological Rehabilitation,
Speaker: Keith D. Cicerone, Ph.D., ABPP-Cn, FACRM

9:50am - 10:50am - Breakout Sessions 1

Session A: New Frontiers in Neuroimaging for Traumatic Brain Injury
Speaker: Irma Molina-Vicenty, MD

  • The participant will be able to describe the new discoveries regarding neuroimaging in traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • The participant will be able to enumerate different molecular imbalances in TBI and describe how they are used to create new imaging modalities

Session B: The Gift of Sleep- Non-Pharmacological Treatment for Insomnia
Speaker: Clio Long, PsyD

Session C: Caring for the Traumatized Caregiver
Speaker: Caron Gan, RN, MScN, RP, RMFT, AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor

  • Participants will be able to describe post-traumatic stress reactions in caregivers of individuals after brain injury
  • Participants will be able to discuss strengths-based approaches to supporting traumatized caregivers
  • Participants will be able to recognize effective listening, validation, normalization, and empathy skills in post-trauma care

10:50am - 11:10am - Break/Visit Exhibits

11:10am - 12:10pm - Breakout Sessions 2

Session A: Metacognition, Emotional Regulation, and Redevelopment of the Self
Speaker: Keith D. Cicerone, Ph.D., ABPP-Cn, FACRM

Session B: Five Key Elements of a Comprehensive Concussion Recovery Program
Speaker: Majid Fotuhi, MD, Ph.D

Session C:  The Role of Brain-Behavior Relations in Understanding Individuals with Brain Injury
Speaker:  Alison August-Fedio, Ph.D., Psy.D.

12:10pm - 1:20pm - Lunch (Provided)

1:25pm - 2:25pm - Breakout Sessions 3

Session A: Differentiating Genuine Impairment from Invalid Neuropsychological Performance in Patients with Brain Injury
Speaker: Laszlo A Erdodi, Ph.D

Session B:  Non-compliance Versus Non-adherence: Conceptualization and Treatment
Speaker: Robert L. Karol, Ph.D., L.P., ABPP, CBIST

  • Participants will be able to describe non-compliance and non-adherence
  • Participants will be able to explain the drivers of each
  • Participants will be able to discuss interventions related to these concepts

Session C: Coping and Adaptive Strategies of TBI Survivors and Primary Caregivers
Speaker: Deana Adams, Ph.D, LPC-S and Co-Presenter: Patti Foster, B.MEd.

  • Participants will learn short-term coping strategies for cognitive and emotional issues stemming from brain injury
  • Participant will learn long-term adaptive strategies to improve quality of life and create purpose for survivors and families

2:25pm - 2:40pm - Break/Visit Exhibits

2:45pm - 3:45pm - Breakout Sessions 4

Session A:  Resilience: Bouncing Back After Brain Injury
Speaker:  Jeff Kreutzer Ph.D, ABPP, FACRM

Session B: The Epidemic of Behavioral Health Problems
Speaker: Paul F. Aravich, Ph Dand. Nancy Hsu, Psy.D, LCP

Session C: Technology in Brain Injury Rehabilitation: A Hands on Course in Assistive Technology
Speaker: Melissa Oliver, MS, OTR/L, CBIS and Co-Presenter: Brian Burkhardt, MS, ATP

  • Attendees will be able to demonstrate use of at least 3 assistive technology (AT) devices to assist clients with daily activities
  • Attendees will be able to identify at least 3 resources to finding additional information of AT

3:50pm - 4:50pm - Breakout Sessions 5

Session A: Brain Injury and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Disclosure, Documentation, and Workplace Accommodations  
Speakers: Laura Artman, Ph.D and Melanie Whetzel, MA

  • Understand what medical information employers are entitled to under the ADA to support the need for workplace accommodations.
  • Learn how to document the need for accommodations for their clientele
  • Participants will recognize limitations in the workplace associated with brain injuries
  • Participants will identify practical and reasonable accommodations for these limitations

Session B: Social Cognition/Pragmatics Post TBI
Speaker: Michael Bamdad, M.A.

  • Participants will be able to identify the various components of pragmatics and will learn the definitions of these components
  • Participants will be able to break down various diagnostic approaches for pragmatic disorders and identify appropriate uses
  • Participants will learn various treatment approaches for pragmatic deficit patterns and will be able to identify appropriate uses of these treatment protocols in various cases

Session C: The Economics of Behavior Change: A review of the science and method behind implementing a token economy to manage complex neurobehavioral sequelae
Speaker: Chris Schaub MS Ed., BCBA and Jennifer Croner MS Ed, BCBA

5pm - 6:30pm - Poster Presentations - Cocktails and Snacks in Adams Ballroom

Effect of admission functional independence on early recovery following pediatric brain injury
Presenter: Cherylynn Marino, Ph.D

Trends in Racial Disparities in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury
Presenter: Kate Stromberg, BS and Adamn Sima, Ph.D

The Invincibility Solution
Presenter: Cynthia Brown, MSN

Case Review: Reinforcement system use with an adult with TBI
Presenter: Beth Gartland, MA

The Beauty of Networking in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Mentoring and Research
Presenter: María Frontera-Rodríguez, BS and Irma Molina-Vicenty, MD

Sociodemographic and Health Characteristics Profile of Hispanic Veteran-patients with TBI: VACHS Data-Repository
Presenter: Yomar Críspin-Aponte and Coral Reyes-Rosario

Identify the Pros and Cons of a Home-based Intervention to Improve the Healthcare of Dispersed Populations
Presenter: Montserrat Corral, Ph.D

Building a Model of Traumatic Brain Injury for Puerto Rico Hispanic Veterans
Presenter: Leslie Santos-Roman, Ph.D and Irma Molina-Vicenty, MD

6:30pm - End of Main Conference Day 1

Main Conference: Day 2

Friday May 5th, 2017

7:45am - 3:30pm

7:45am - 8:15am - Conference Registration (Day 2 Registrants Only)
Continental Breakfast and Exhibits Open

8:20am - 8:30 am - Welcome and Announcements

8:30am - 9:30am - General Session

Persistent Post-Concussion Symptoms: What Do We Really Know?

9:30am - 10:30am - General Session

Art Assisted Intervention: Addressing Identity and Meaning After Brain Injury
Speaker: Robert L. Karol, Ph.D., L.P., ABPP, CBIST

  • The participant will recognize the concept of art as an adjunct to treatment
  • The participant will explain the value of artistic expression in treatment
  • The participant will be able to relate to examples of art that capture the search for meaning after brain injury

10:30am - 11:00am - Break // Exhibitors Raffle Drawing // Checkout from Hotel

11:00am - 12:30pm - General Session

Ethics in Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Speakers: Ana Mills PsyD, LCP and Daniel Klyce Ph.D, LCP

12:30pm - 1:30pm - Lunch (not provided)

1:30pm - 3:30pm - Oral Presentations
(30 minute presentation including 5 minute Q&A and 5 minute break)

Room 1:

Session A: Evaluation and Implementation of the Resilience and Adjustment Intervention
Speaker: Amma Agyemang, Ph.D, MPH and Co-presenter: Kristin Graham, Ph.D, CRC

  • To describe patient perceived helpfulness and goal attainment ratings of the Resilience and Adjustment Intervention (RAI)
  • To describe differences in ratings by patient injury severity

Session  B: Integrating Wellness into TBI Therapy
Speaker: Lauren Schwabish, M.S., CCC-SLP

  • Participants will identify multiple dimensions of wellness as related to TBI
  • Participants will describe applications of wellness principles in therapeutic practice with patients and families

Session C: Pathway to Sexual Intimacy After a Brain Injury
Speaker: Michael Cerreto, MS, CPCRT, CSC, LDR, Edu-K

  • Participants are able to explain the four therapeutic phases that can help individuals and couples after a TBI to enhance the sexual intimacy needed for their relationship
  • Participants learn two therapeutic methods they can use immediately to help individuals and couples after a TBI explore their desired sexual intimacy

Session D: Effect of Distance Caregiver Coaching on Functional Skills of a Child with TBI
Speaker: Michelle Witt, M.A.

  • Attendees will identify environmental variables, including caregiver-client interactions, that may affect client behaviors and functional outcomes
  • Attendees will describe benefits and challenges associated with the use of telepresence and how they may be used to improve client functioning

Room 2:

Session A: Neuropsychological Profiles Associated with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychiatric Disorders: A Challenging Differential Diagnosis
Speaker: Laszlo Erdodi, Ph.D
Co-Authors: Katrina Kent; Shannon Baker; Carly Charron, Amina Zougari; Abby McDermott

  • Compare the base rates of failure on performance validity tests between these two diagnostic categories
  • Compare the rate of self-reported psychiatric symptoms across the two diagnostic categories

Session B: Utility of SPECT-CT and PET-CT in the Diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury
Speaker: Alejandra Garcia-Ferre and Co-Presenter: Nicolas Bezares-Oliveras, BA

  • Define and characterize traumatic brain injuries in the veteran population at the Veterans Affairs Caribbean Healthcare System
  • Demonstrate the value of SPECT-CT and PET-CT in the diagnosis of TBI

Session C: The TBI Interdisciplinary Fitness and Social Engagement (InFuSE): Development and Initial Outcomes
Speaker: Shane Chanpimol, DPT and Co-presenter: Lucile Lisle, CRTS

  • Recognize the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle and challenges faced by those with chronic TBI
  • Discuss the evidence-based development of a health promotion intervention and report initial outcomes

Session D: Yoga and Meditation for TBI: Evidence, Innovations and Ways Forward
Speaker: Kyla Donnelly Pearce, MPH and Co-Presenter: Deborah Fournier, APRN, MHCDS

  • To be able to explain the evidence-based benefits of yoga and meditation for TBI rehabilitation
  • To be able to describe techniques for adapting yoga and meditation for TBI and where these adaptive yoga services are offered in the U.S

Room 3:

Session A: Essential Steps in Using Apps for Everyday Cognitive Issues: Development, Training, Evaluation
Speaker: Michelle Ranae Wild, M.A. and Co-Presenter: Stacey Hunter Schwartz, Ph.D

  • Describe the iterative process for involving individuals with brain injury, clinicians, and caregivers in developing effective apps to help individuals with brain injury compensate for everyday cognitive issues
  • Report research on the use of technology and apps, including studies conducted via multi-agency collaboration to enhance app development for use in the brain injury community

Session B: Supporting College Students with TBI through Apps and Case Management
Speaker: Anne Leopold, MSc

  • Identify how iPads and apps can be utilized as assistive technology for cognition to help compensate for TBI related impairments
  • Describe the use of individualized case management to help students with TBI transition from college to employment

Session C: Community Living Connection: A Telehealth Model of Brain Injury Support
Speaker: Krystal Thompson, MAEd and Co-Presenter: Stacey Nichols, M.A.

  • To educate the audience about the benefits of telehealth service delivery for brain injury education and support
  • To educate the audience about the logistical components of practical application in a telehealth model for brain injury and support

Session D: Utilizing Smartphone Technology to Assess Participation Following TBI
Speaker: Kristin Graham, Ph.D, CRC

  • To gain a basic understanding of a novel assessment approach: ecological momentary assessment (EMA)
  • To gain an understanding of participation after TBI as assessed by EMA

3:30pm - Conference Ends:Pick up CEU Forms