2016 recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Nominated by the NIH, specifically the National Center for Medical and Rehabilitation Research.
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- Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy
- Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
- Associate Professor (Secondary Appointment), Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
- Associate Professor (Secondary Appointment), Clinical and Translational Science Institute
- Graduate Faculty, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
- PhD, Rehabilitation Science, University of Pittsburgh, 2003
- MS, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Concentration in Occupational Therapy, University of Pittsburgh, 2001
- BS, Occupational Therapy, Western Michigan University, 1996
My NIH-funded research program examines the influences of cognitive impairments and mood symptoms on activities of daily living outcomes, and interventions designed to ameliorate these influences, focusing in two areas:
- Interventions designed to improve rehabilitation outcomes for individuals with cognitive impairments after acquired brain injury (stroke, traumatic brain injury).
- Activities of daily living disability among community-dwelling older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Major Depression Disorder.
Currently, I am conducting a series of studies examining client-centered, activity-focused strategy training programs designed to promote independence and community integration among adults with stroke-related cognitive impairments. These studies examine active ingredients that promote learning and generalization of strategy training principles delivered in acute rehabilitation, as well as neurological and behavioral moderators and mediators of intervention response.