Brain Waves: UAB Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Newsletter Volume 15 | Number 2
VOL 15 | NUM 2
UAB Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Digital Newsletter
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is honored to again
be designated as a Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (TBIMS). UAB
is 1 of 16 Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems funded by the National
Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
to institutions that are national leaders in medical research and patient
care and provide the highest level of comprehensive specialty services.
UAB has been continually recognized as a TBIMS since 1998.
The University of Alabama at
Birmingham Traumatic Brain Injury
Model System (UAB-TBIMS)
provides Brain Waves twice annually
as an informational resource for people
with traumatic brain injury (TBI).
UAB-TBIMS Program Director:
Thomas Novack, PhD
Brain Waves Editor: Phil Klebine, MA
529 Spain Rehabilitation Center
1717 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233-7330
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). NIDILRR is a
Center within the Administration for Community
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NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume
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A New Online Program May Help People with TBI Build Emotion
Regulation Skills. People with TBI may have challenges with emotion
regulation (ER), the process of recognizing and controlling their feelings
or their reactions to feelings.
Researchers at the New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System
tested an Internet-based program to teach ER skills to people with
TBI through group videoconferencing. Researchers wanted to find
out whether people who participated in the program experienced less
difficulty with ER after the program than before, and whether they
experienced improvements in mood or quality of life. They also wanted
to find out what the participants thought of the online program format.
Here’s what researcher learned.
For People with TBI, Early Depression and Behavior Problems May
Be Connected. Two of the most common challenges after a TBI are
depression and behavior issues. These challenges can result from the
difficulties of adjusting to a new disability, as well as brain changes after
Researchers at Rehabilomics: Revolutionizing 21st Century TBI Care
and Research looked at the connections between depression and
behavior problems during the first year after a TBI. They wanted to find
out how the rates of experiencing both problems change over the first
year after a TBI, and whether experiencing one problem 6 months after a
TBI was associated with experiencing the other problem 12 months after
the TBI. Here’s what they learned.
The Internet and Social Media May Offer Valuable Support and
Information for People with TBI. People with TBI may benefit from
online resources such as support groups, discussion boards, or social
media sites like Facebook and Twitter, to expand their support networks
and feel more connected.
Researchers at TBI Model System Centers in Alabama, Colorado,
Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas looked at
Internet and social media usage habits among adults with TBI. They
wanted to find out whether people with TBI use the Internet more or less
than people without disabilities, which subgroups were most and least
likely to use the Internet and reasons that people with TBI gave for using
or not using the Internet. Here’s what they learned.