Current Research Studies

The following are the research studies currently underway at our Center. To get involved or to learn more about our research studies, please call 212-241-5152.

Principal Investigator: Kristen Dams-O’Connor, PhD
Individuals over the age of 18 years who have had a moderate-severe brain injury and are at least one year post-injury will have the opportunity to participate in either one or two interviews designed to learn more about brain injury and aging. Interviews will include a brief test of thinking abilities and questions about health and functioning after brain injury. Compensation is provided.
GCO# 11-1455, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai IRB approved

Principal Investigator: Wayne Gordon, PhD
Individuals who have had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and are experiencing fatigue will be asked to use one of two kinds of light therapy to improve fatigue, sleep, mood, and cognitive abilities. Compensation will be provided for your time.
GCO # 12-1256, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai IRB approved

Principal Investigators: Kristen Dams-O’Connor, PhD
Individuals who have had a moderate-severe traumatic brain injury and are at least one-year post injury will be asked to participate in an interview about health and functioning, tests of cognition, a blood draw, and an MRI scan. This study is unique in that it involves brain banking. Participants will be asked, regardless of age, gender, or health condition, to consider brain donation and to make wishes known. For more information see our brain donation brochure
GCO # 13-0751, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai IRB approved

Principal Investigators: Kristen Dams-O’Connor, PhD
Research volunteers are recruited directly from our TBI Rehabilitation Unit are followed longitudinally through a series of interviews.

The Brain Injury Research Center is one of 16 TBI Model Systems Centers across the United States, each providing the highest level of comprehensive and multidisciplinary rehabilitation care that includes emergency medical, acute medical and post-acute services. In addition to providing direct services, these centers play a pivotal role in building national capacity for high-quality treatment and research serving persons with TBI, their families, and their communities.
GCO # 12-1256, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai IRB approved

Principal Investigator: Wayne Gordon, PhD
This study aims to improve our understanding of how light therapy works and whether certain types of light exposure can help improve sleep and fatigue in patients that have experienced a TBI on the acute rehabilitation unit.
GCO # 12-1256, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai IRB approved

Principal Investigators: Wayne Gordon, PhD, Marcel Dijkers, PhD
This study aims to determine any possible improvements in the quality and consistency of post-TBI rehabilitation treatment.
GCO # 14-0962, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai IRB approved

Principal Investigator: Kristen Dams-O’Connor, PhD
Next of kin participate in a comprehensive interview designed to learn more about the health and functioning of their loved one in the year preceding their death. This study addresses the need to better understand TBI in adults, by characterizing factors involved in TBI’s occurrence, factors contributing to post-TBI accelerated aging and elevated medical comorbidity, and the events leading to death among survivors of TBI.
GCO # 15-0032, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai IRB approved

Principal Investigator: Kristen Dams-O’Connor, PhD
This study aims to improve the transition after discharge from a TBI rehabilitation unit by asking those who have recently been through the transition to share their experiences and offer suggestions for improvement. 
GCO # 16-0744, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai IRB approved

We also conduct a number of studies off site, touching upon characterizations, screening, intervention, and other aspects of brain injury.

Longitudinal Study of College Athletes’ Success
The study will characterize the incidence, prevalence and enduring consequences of concussions/ mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in a sample of college athletes who are followed longitudinally.

Texas Juvenile Justice Traumatic Brain Injury Pilot Screening Program
This research study focuses on providing valid and comprehensive data analyses resulting in a more thorough understanding of the correlation between TBI and psychological and behavioral problems, including delinquent behavior.

Youth Short Term Executive Plus: Implementing a Cognitive Intervention Among Young Offenders to Reduce Violence and Recidivism
This intervention targets cognitive and behavioral challenges associated with executive dysfunction as well as deficits in emotional self-regulation with a recidivist juvenile offender population of youths with and without TBI.

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