The Rehabilitation program is motivated to improve the outcomes of children requiring rehabilitation services through research and innovation.
Staff are involved at all levels of research. Our programs focus on fostering a partnership with key stakeholders within and outside our institution.
Current Research Projects
The goal of this study is to compare academic, social, and health outcomes of children with TBI who participate in BrainSTEPS, a formal return-to-school program in Pennsylvania, and children who receive variable transition services in Ohio. This study is a $2.2 million, 4-year study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Principal Investigators: Jennifer Lundine, PhD
Questions: Please email Nicole.Thompson@NationwideChildrens.org or Jennifer.Lundine@NationwideChildrens.org.
The goal of this study is to identify safety hazards and concerns for adolescents with acquired brain injury (ABI) in home environments and identify adaptations to a previously developed virtual simulation training system to improve relevancy and usability for adolescents with ABI, through the engagement of multiple stakeholders (adolescents with ABI, caregivers, and clinicians) in focus groups and interviews.
Principal Investigators: Sarah Anderson, OTD, Amy Darragh, PhD and Jennifer Lundine, PhD
If you are interested in volunteering to be a participant in one of our rehab research studies, any study that is currently recruiting is listed below.
In the STATBI Study, we will follow children who experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and received care at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. We want to understand the social, academic, and health outcomes of children in Ohio who experience a TBI.
- The study will involve several caregiver surveys and a brief phone interview. All study tasks can be completed remotely, and there are no required study visits.
- We will also ask your child to speak with us briefly to give his his/her perspective on school and life after a TBI.
- At each time point, the surveys should take about 90 minutes for the caregiver, and the interview for the caregiver and the child will each take about 15 minutes.
- Parents and children who participate in the study will be compensated for their time.
Your family may be eligible to participate in this study if your child is between the ages of 5-18 years old, is registered for school (kindergarten through 12th grade), and experienced a TBI of any severity.
Publications, Presentations and Additional Resources
Recent Team Publications
Salley, J., Crook, L., Iske, T., Ciccia, A., & Lundine, J.P. (2021). Acute and long-term services for elementary and middle school children with early childhood brain injury. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Epub before print. https://doi.org/10.1044/2020_AJSLP-20-00045
- This paper describes the rates of referral to and receipt of acute and long-term services and factors that could appear to impact these rates for children who experienced an acquired brain injury (ABI) during early childhood who are now in elementary and middle school. The results reinforce that children who experience an ABI in early childhood are unlikely to receive ABI-specific education or referrals to educational and rehabilitation services during their acute-care stay and, in the chronic stages of recovery, present with educational and therapy needs that can go unmet.
Lundine, J.P., Todis, B., Gau, J.M., McCart, M., Wade, S.L., Yeates, K.O., & Glang, A. (2021). Return to school following TBI: Educational services received one year after injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 36(2). E89-96. https://doi.org/10.1097/HTR.0000000000000591
- This paper describes the services received and predictors of formal special education services (ie, Individualized Education Plan [IEP]) for students with TBI 1 year after returning to school. Females and students with less severe or less visible deficits were less likely to receive special education services. While transition services may help students obtain special education for the first year after TBI, identifying students with TBI who have subtle or later-developing deficits remains a challenge.
Lundine, J.P., Peng, J., Chen, D., Lever, K., Wheeler, K., Groner, … & Xiang, H. (2020) The impact of driving time on pediatric TBI follow-up visit attendance. Brain Injury, 34(2), 262-268. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699052.2019.1690679
- This paper describes the effect of driving time on follow-up visit attendance for children hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Majority of children attended their first appointment. Patients living 30–60 min from the hospital were most likely to attend, and those living 15 min away were least likely to attend. Distance plays a significant role on follow-up attendance for pediatric patients with TBI. However, neighborhood SES may be an additional factor that influences the significance of the distance effect.
Butz, C., Iske, C., Truba, N., & Trott, K. (2019) Treatment of functional gait abnormality in a rehabilitation setting: Emphasizing the physical interventions towards treating the whole child. Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience.
Ayala L, Winter S, Byrne R, Fehlings D, Gehred A, Letzkus L, Noritz G, PatonMC, Pietruszewski L, Rosenberg N, Tanner K, Vargus-Adams J, Novak I, Maitre NL, (2020). Assessments and interventions for spasticity in infants with or at high risk for cerebral palsy: A systematic review, Pediatric Neurology
Koterba, C.H., Baum, K.T., Hamner, T., Busch, T., Davis, K.C., Tlustos-Carter, S., Howarth, R., Fournier-Goodnight, A., Kramer, M., Landry, A., O’Neill, J., Cass, J., Wilson, C., & Slomine, B. (2020). COVID-19 issues related to pediatric neuropsychology and inpatient rehabilitation – challenges to usual care and solutions during the pandemic. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, DOI: 10.1080/13854046.2020.1811892.
Shen, J., Xiang, H., Luna, J., Grishchenko, A., Patterson, J., Strouse, R.V., Roland, M., Lundine, J.P., Koterba, C.H., Lever, K., Groner, J., Huang, Y., Lin, E.D. (2020). Virtual- reality based executive function rehabilitation system for children with traumatic brain injury: Design and usability study. JMIR Serious Games, 8(3), DOI: 10.2196/16947.
Caliendo, E.T., Kim, N., Edasery, D., Askin, G., Nowak, S., Gerber, L.M., Baum, K.T., Blackwell, L.S., Koterba, C.H., Hoskinson, K.R., Kurowski, B.G., Mclaughlin, M., Tlustos, S.J., Watson, W.D., Niogi, S.N., Suskauer, S.J., & Shah, S.A. (2021) Acute imaging findings predict recovery of cognitive and motor function following inpatient rehabilitation for pediatric traumatic brain injury: a pediatric brain injury consortium study. Journal of Neurotrauma, Epub ahead of print, 2021 Jan 27.
Watson, W.D., Suskauer, S.J., Askin, G., Nowak, S., Baum, K.T., Gerber, L.M., Blackwell, L.S., Koterba, C.H., Hoskinson, K.R., Kurowski, B.G., Mclaughlin, M. Tlustos, S.J., Zimmerman, K.O., & Shah, S.A. (In press). Cognitive recovery during inpatient rehabilitation following pediatric traumatic brain injury: a pediatric brain injury consortium study. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.
McLaughlin, M.J., Caliendo, E., Lowder, R., Watson, W.D., Kurowski, B., Baum, K.T., Blackwell, L.S., Koterba, C.H., Hoskinson, K.R., Tlustos, S.J., Zimmerman, K.O., Shah, S.A., & Suskauer, S.J. (Under review). Prescribing patterns of amantadine during inpatient pediatric rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury: a multicentered restrospective review from the pediatric brain injury consortium. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Koterba, C.H., Hoskinson, K. R. (2018). Memory Interventions. In G. Locascio & B. Slomine (Eds.), Cognitive Rehabilitation for Pediatric Neurological Disorders (pp. 28-50). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Recent Team Presentations
Lundine, J.P. (September, 2021). Functional strategies for assessing & treating executive functions in the classroom for students with brain injury. Invited talk for the Annual Mark Ylvisaker Symposium presented at the American College of Rehabilitation Medicine. (virtual conference)
O’Brien, K., Normal, R., Hardin, K., & Lundine, J.P. (September, 2021). Cognitive-communication and mild traumatic brain injury: The state of the evidence. Symposium presented at the American College of Rehabilitation Medicine. (virtual conference)
Koterba, C., Lundine, J.P., Busch, T., Benkhart, R., Horn, T., de Silva, A., Orton, K., & Taylor, H.G. (March, 2021). Long-term outcomes of severe pediatric TBI. Presentation at the Brain Injury Association of Ohio Annual Conference, Columbus, OH. (virtual conference).
Lundine, J.P. (March, 2021). Promoting successful hospital-to-school transitions for students with brain injury. Center for Brain Injury Research and Treatment Childhood Brain Injury, online webinar. www.cbirt.org/events.
Pristas NL, Rosenberg N., Klamar K, Acute on Chronic Cervical Myelopathy Causing Myoclonus in a High-Level Wheelchair Athlete: A Case Report. Poster presented at AAPMR annual meeting 2020, virtual meeting, November 2020.
Hiller, A.D., Rosenberg N., (November, 2020). Bilateral Spontaneous Non-traumatic Compartment Syndrome in Adolescent Male. Poster presented at: AAPMR annual meeting 2020, virtual meeting
Lundine, J.P. (November, 2020). Functional strategies for assessing executive functions in the classroom. Center for Brain Injury Research and Treatment Childhood Brain Injury: Moving Research into Practice, online conference.
Lundine, J.P., Davis, K., Suskauer, S., Koterba, C. (October, 2020). Time to follow commands and post-traumatic amnesia as predictors of outcome following pediatric traumatic brain injury. Symposium presented at the American College of Rehabilitation Medicine, Atlanta, GA. (virtual conference)
Lundine, J.P., Ciccia, A., & Koterba, C. (October, 2020). Engaging stakeholders to improve care for children with traumatic brain injury. Symposium presented at the American College of Rehabilitation Medicine, Atlanta, GA. (virtual conference)
Rosenberg, N. (Sept., 2020). Practical Approaches to Enhancing Compliance with Rehabilitation Recommendations. American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) annual conference.
Lundine, J.P., Koterba, C., de Silva, A.D., Orton, K., Busch, T., Moots, G., & Taylor, H.G. (January, 2020). Outcomes following inpatient rehabilitation for pediatric traumatic brain injury: Predictors and service utilization. Presented at the International Cognitive-Communication Disorders Conference, Orange, California.