Going to College after Brain Injury:
An Individualized Dynamic Coaching Program

What is the purpose of this support? To assist college students after brain injury using a coaching & team approach that integrates best practices from cognitive rehabilitation and supported education.

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  1. U of M Moment: Rehabilitating Brain Injuries

    “There might be effective ways to rehabilitate brain-injured people to a healthy, if not entirely normal, state. For some areas, like problems with language, communication and memory, there is scientific evidence that cognitive rehabilitation therapy makes a difference, but for other areas there is little evidence.” To listen to Dr....

Research from the NeuroCognitive Communication Lab (NCCL)

Dr. Mary Kennedy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP


Mary R.T. Kennedy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, recently joined the Communication Disorders and Sciences program at Chapman University in Orange, California. She conducts research, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, and is a national leader in evidence based practice (EBP). Prior to academia, she worked as a speech-language pathologist and specialized in the cognitive and communication rehabilitation of individuals with brain injury. Dr. Kennedy currently conducts clinical outcomes and intervention research with college students with brain injury using a dynamic coaching model in the NeuroCognitive Communication Lab.


Lab Associates

Katy O’Brien, M.A., CCC-SLP
Katy O’Brien earned her Ph.D. with Dr. Mary Kennedy in the NeuroCognitive Communication Lab. She has clinical experience in adult acute care and inpatient rehabilitation. Her interests are in brain injury and cognitive rehabilitation, specifically how adults with traumatic brain injury think, talk, and plan for the future. She is now as Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia.

Sarah Schellinger, M.S., CCC-SLP
Sarah Schellinger is a recent graduate of the Department of Speech Language and Hearing Science. Her research focuses on understanding the kinds of information Speech Language Pathologists use to make clinical decisions during the assessment and treatment process. She is also interested in how social information influences attitudes towards individuals with speech, language, and cognitive impairments. Sarah is an Assistant Professor at Saint Xavier University.

Miriam Krause, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Miriam Krause is a recent graduate of the doctoral program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the University of Minnesota. She spent three years as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and has now returned to the University of Minnesota. Her research interests focus on how complex speech processing and self-regulation are affected in adults with TBI.

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