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Academic and Psychosocial Issues among College Students with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Presented by Allison Clark, Ph.D. and Mary Kennedy, Ph.D..

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About the Training

Presenters Allison Clark, Ph.D., with Baylor College of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Brain Injury Research Center at TIRR Memorial Hermann, and Mary Kennedy, Ph.D., with the Speech-Language-Hearing Science Department at the University of Minnesota will be on hand to discuss “Academic and Psychosocial Issues Among College Students with TBI”.

Session topics will include:

  • What are the concerns and experiences of college students with TBI?
  • How do changes in cognition and social development impact students' college experiences?
  • What services are currently available to students?
  • What do students with TBI need in order to be successful in college?

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About the Presenter

Allison N. Clark, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine, and Investigator at the Brain Injury Research Center at TIRR Memorial Hermann. A clinical neuropsychologist by training, Dr. Clark has clinical expertise in treating adolescents and adults with all types of acquired brain injury in a post-acute setting, with particular attention to cognitive and emotional difficulties. Dr. Clark is the Principal Investigator of a NIDRR-funded Field-Initiated Project investigating the effectiveness of a group cognitive-behavioral intervention for depression after traumatic brain injury. She is also the Director of Training for the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Developing Strategies to Foster Community Integration and Participation for Individuals With Traumatic Brain Injury, and a Co-Investigator for the Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System of TIRR. Other current projects include the development of educational materials for college educators and the development of online workshops on the use of evidence-based cognitive compensatory strategies.

Mary R.T. Kennedy, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Speech-Language-Hearing Science Department at the University of Minnesota , Twin Cities. She has over 30 years of clinical and research experience working with individuals with cognitive and communication disorders as a result of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Dr. Kennedy has published and presented widely on these topics in both peer reviewed scientific journals and publications aimed at translating evidence into practice. Her research has been funded by grants on the executive functions, language, and metacognition of survivors of TBI and the academic impact of these impairments. Current projects involve translating research evidence into practical assessment and instruction techniques that support individuals with TBI as they transition back to college. Dr. Kennedy chairs the Academy of Neurological Communication Disorders & Sciences (ANCDS) committee that systematically reviews research evidence and develops practice guidelines on managing cognitive and communication disorders after TBI. Recently, she completed a term as President of ANCDS.


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This webinar is supported through the DBTAC Southwest ADA Center, a program of ILRU.  The Southwest ADA Center ( is one of ten Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs) funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to provide training, technical assistance and materials dissemination on the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability-related laws. NIDRR is part of the U.S. Department of Education.  

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