1. Internal Strategies as a Memory Compensation Technique After Brain Injury: A Systematic Review

    Objective: To complete a systematic review of internal memory strategy use with people who have brain injury and provide practitioners with information that will impact their clinical work. Methods: A systematic literature search to identify published intervention studies that evaluated an internal memory strategy or technique to improve memory function of individuals with brain injury. Relevant data from reviewed articles were coded using 4 clinical questions targeting participants, interventions, research methods, and outcomes. Results: A comprehensive search identified 130 study citations and abstracts. Forty-six met inclusion/exclusion criteria and were systematically reviewed. Visual imagery was most frequently studied, in isolation or in combination with other internal strategies. Despite significant variability in research methods and outcomes across studies, the evidence provides impetus for use of internal memory strategies with individuals following brain injury. Conclusions: Individuals with traumatic brain injury may benefit from internal memory strategy use, and clinicians should consider internal memory strategy instruction as part of intervention plans. Further research needs to better delineate influences on intervention candidacy and outcomes. Access the pdf at The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation here.  
  2. 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. Kennedy discuss the recent Institute of Medicine report on Cognitive Rehabilitation, click here.
  3. IOM Report Backs Cognitive Rehab Therapy in Brain Injury

    by Kate Johnson November 2, 2011 – Despite shortcomings in the evidence supporting cognitive rehabilitation therapy (CRT) for individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI), ongoing use of this therapy remains recommended while improvements are made to the ways it is being evaluated, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine that was published online October 11. Read full article here.

Research from the NeuroCognitive Communication Lab (NCCL)

Dr. Mary Kennedy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Dr. Mary Kennedy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP runs the NCCL, where her research is focused on understanding and managing the cognitive and language problems of individuals who have sustained a brain injury.