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33rd Annual West Michigan Brain Injury Network Symposium

  • Prince Conference Center at Calvin College 1800 East Beltline Avenue Southeast Grand Rapids, MI, 49546 United States (map)

Course Description:

Risa Nakase-Richardson, PhD, FACRM, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital
Topic:  Improving the Significance and Direction of Sleep Management after TBI

Objectives: Describe the incidence of sleep problems after TBI
·         Explain mechanisms by which sleep can impact neurologic recovery from TBI
·         Describe current studies using objective measures to improve diagnosis and screening of sleep disorders in acute rehabilitation

Kirk Stucky, Psy.D., ABPP-RP, CN, Hurley Medical Center
Topic:  Ethical Dilemmas in Neurorehabilitation

·         Recognize and define the primary ethical principles in health care settings

·         Describe how to apply an ethical decision making model in day to day clinical practice

·         Formulate and critique measures or processes that can be used to improve and inform ethical practice


Roberta DePompei, PhD, University of Akron

Topic: Pediatric TBI: Present and Future


·         Describe the issues pertinent to present diagnosis and treatment of youths with TBI

·         Outline the academic and social aspects that influence success in the classroom and community

·         Discuss the future needs for policy reform, research and community supports for the population using recent publications


Susan Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP, CCM, Shepherd Center
Topic:  Timing it Right: Family Education Needs from Acute to Community



·         Describe the Timing It Right Framework to support family education needs across the care continuum

·         Discuss the unique needs of families with loved ones in Disorders of Consciousness

·         Identify key elements for learning needs in building skills and self-efficacy for families

·         Identify ways to utilize existing resources in developing family education materials and support

 Speaker bios:

Risa Nakase-Richardson, PhD, FACRM, is a Clinical Research Neuropsychologist at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital and Associate Professor in the College of Medicine, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Division, at the University of South Florida. She has worked in neuro-rehabilitation in both clinical and research capacities since 1998. She is a Fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and National Academy of Neuropsychology. She has over 70 publications and over 200 presentations at scientific meetings. She has served as PI or Investigator on 13 grants funded by various federal agencies and private organizations including VA, DOD, PCORI, NIDILRR, and NAN. She has worked at the VA Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center in Tampa Florida since 2008. Her interests include rehabilitation outcome for persons with brain injury with a more recent emphasis on the role of sleep in management of brain injury. She has established an objective sleep monitoring program using actigraphy and polysomnography in the management of sleep in acute rehabilitation and edited a special issue in the Journal of Head Trauma and Rehabilitation published in 2016 and upcoming issue in the Brain Injury Professional on the topic. She supervises trainees in rehabilitation medicine, sleep medicine, and psychology in both clinical and research topics related to post-traumatic sleep disturbances and severe brain injury.


Kirk Stucky, Psy.D., ABPP-RP, CN, is the Director of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology at Hurley Medical Center (HMC) in Flint, Michigan.  At Hurley, Dr. Stucky is a member of the level one trauma and rehabilitation leadership teams.  For the past 22 years, he has been directly involved in clinical management and program development for general, brain injury, and pediatric rehabilitation.  He is the acting Chairman of the Department of Behavioral Health and Chairman of the hospital Ethics Committee.  From 2008-2014 he was a member of the Michigan Psychological Association, Ethics Committee.  He has also published a number of books and articles related to neurorehabilitation, advanced specialty training, and traumatic brain injury.  As a program director and Assistant Professor in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University, he regularly provides lectures and supervises medical students, residents and fellows.


Roberta DePompei, PhD, is a recently retired Distinguished Professor, Interim Dean of the College of Health Professions, and Director of the School of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Akron. Her major area of research and interest is in cognitive-communicative challenges to the individual with brain injury and the impact of brain injury on the family system. An advocate for the needs of youths with brain injuries and their families, she is on numerous national and international task forces and committees. She has helped to develop support groups and a community based collaborative of agencies to problem-solve issues for this population.  Widely published, and a national and international presenter, Dr. DePompei is recognized for her unique and innovative approaches for functional community inclusion. Although she has completed research about individuals and their families after TBI, she says she has learned the most from families who have shared their lives with her over the years. She was awarded the Sheldon Berrol, M.D. Clinical Service award by BIAA in July, 2002. She received the Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation in March 2004; Fellow of the American Speech-Language –Hearing Association in 2006; the Legends Award from the North American Brain Injury Society in 2008, award for lifetime achievements in TBI from the National Task Force on Children’s Issues after ABI in 2012 and was honored with the Mark Ylvisaker Distinguished Lecturer award from the Ontario Speech and Hearing Association in October, 2015.


Susan Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP, CCM, is the Director of Brain Injury at Shepherd Center in Atlanta Georgia where she manages a full continuum of services from acute to inpatient rehab, to post-acute, day, residential and outpatient services for TBI and Stroke.  She also manages the military program for TBI/PTSD and the Complex Concussion Clinic.  Susan is a speech language pathologist by profession and has over 35 years of experience in Brain Injury. She has presented at numerous regional and national conferences and has been an advocate for brain injury and their families.


Relevance of the topic to improve Social Work Practice and/or to improve patient care:


Risa Nakase-Richardson, PhD, FACRM:

It is well-established that sleep is a critical and an essential behavioral state for almost all animal species.  Cognitive impairment, behavioral disruption, and emotional changes are common with mild disruption of the 24-hour sleep-wake cycle. The effects of sleep disruption on cognition are dose-dependent and resolve once normal sleep patterns have returned. However, chronic sleep dysfunction contributes to persistent impairments in cognitive functioning. It is important for Social Workers to understand that sleep disruption and disorders are prevalent following traumatic brain injury (TBI). As such, improving the recognition and treatment of sleep disorders in TBI should be a central focus of rehabilitation efforts.


Kirk Stucky, Psy.D., ABPP-RP, CN:

A sound understanding of professional ethics and how to apply that knowledge to day-to-day health care practice is a foundational competency.  Patients receive more comprehensive and compassionate care when their providers embed ethical principles and judgement into their care and treatment planning.


Roberta DePompei, PhD:

The majority of service providers are unaware of many of the present research results regarding medical, academic and social issues related to the pediatric population. This presentation outlines recent changes in treatment for this population and engages the audience in problem-solving for the future.


Susan Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP, CCM:

There is a paucity of information available to professionals on best ways that families with brain injuries learn information over the spectrum of time of their loved one’s recovery.  It has been validated that families are very overwhelmed with information that is given to them and often are not capable of learning or retaining information that is valuable in supporting their loved one’s recovery.  Health care clinicians, while incredibly competent in treating patients, need to further develop their skills for understanding the family challenges and for educating, supporting and helping families navigate resources. navigating resources remains a need. This presentation will review the most recent work in timing information that supports their loved one’s recovery, and strategies to consider when delivering information that is sensitive to the learning needs of each individual.  The talk will also discuss various resources that are available to families. that is accurate and accessible.  (I should hope so! JW) 



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CE Value (credits): 6
CE Type: Standard

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

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