Interdisciplinary Grant Will Focus on Stroke Rehabilitation

Posted in Health Psychology

Eric Hart, Brad Ferguson (both professors in SHP’s Health Psychology Department) and Niraj Arora in the neuroscience ICU have been awarded a $15,000 research grant from the National Academy of Neuropsychology to better understand how to improve health outcomes for those affected by stroke.  Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a major cause of physical and cognitive disability in the United States. As soon as a stroke occurs, the following hours are crucial to assess how damaging the effects of stroke will be on the person’s ability to think, speak, and move.  This study aims to investigate early predictors of the severity of these lasting symptoms of stroke, and therefore eventually improve health outcomes by developing the appropriate interventions. Arora initiated the collaboration between the neuroscience ICU and health psychology, after Hart saw one of Arora’s neuro ICU patients for a consultation. “Dr. Arora and I started...

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