2024.01.09 – Chronic Pain and TBI (Live Webinar)

A Mitchell Rosenthal Memorial Research live webinar featuring Jeanne Hoffman, Ph.D., ABPP, and Risa Richardson, Ph.D., FACRM. Airs live at 3 p.m. ET on January 9, 2024.

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Chronic pain is a frequent comorbid condition after traumatic brain injury (TBI), with up to 46% of individuals with moderate/severe TBI reporting chronic pain from 1 to 30 years post-injury. Chronic pain can arise from injuries related to TBI, both concurrent injuries and directly as a result of TBI, as well as other common causes seen in the general population (e.g., back pain). Given the high rates of endorsement, exploration of both treatment utilization and barriers/facilitators to access pain treatment need investigation. Novel approaches to examining those with chronic pain may provide insights into characterizing the experience of pain after TBI as well as a strategy to compare interventions in future research.  

Learning Objectives

  • List the most frequent types of pain and the role of comorbidities in individuals with TBI and chronic pain.
  • Describe how pain and treatment can differ based on examination of extreme phenotypes.
  • Discuss possible barriers and facilitators for engagement in pain treatment for individuals with TBI.

Includes 1 ACBIS CEU.

Speaker Bios:

Jeanne Hoffman, Ph.D., ABPP, is a clinical psychologist, board certified in Rehabilitation Psychology, and a Professor at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.  She is the Head of the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology and is an attending psychologist at the UW Medical Center Montlake Campus. She has been examining the experience of pain for individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) throughout her career.  This has included attempting to characterize pain, including headache, identifying appropriate treatments, and addressing issues that limit access to care. 

Risa Nakase-Richardson, Ph.D., FACRM, is a Neuropsychologist at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital and Professor and Research Director in Sleep Medicine at the University of South Florida. She has over 125 peer-reviewed publications and has served as PI or Investigator on 21 grants funded by various federal agencies and private organizations. She has worked at the VA Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center in Tampa Florida since 2008 where she serves as the Project Director for the VA TBI Model Systems and the Overall PI for Improved Understanding of Medical and Psychological Needs (I-MAP) in Veterans and Service Members with Chronic TBI.

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