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Connected Health and Innovative Rehabilitation (CHAIR) Laboratory

General Laboratory Description

Dr. Wong’s Connected Health and Innovative Rehabilitation (CHAIR) Lab has three key areas to optimize health and rehabilitation for individuals with neurological conditions.

  1. Develop precise assessments through the application of modern psychometric theories and innovative technologies.
  2. Develop effective interventions to maximize daily, cognitive and emotional functioning.
  3. Understand brain injury and behavioral health mechanisms underlying daily functioning problems using wireless health, neurobehavioral and patient-reported methods.

Dr. Wong’s lab also directs the Cognitive Rehabilitation Research Group (CRRG) Stroke Registry, which prospectively collects data from medicine, radiology and rehabilitation on more than 28,000 stroke patients admitted to Barnes-Jewish Hospital. This provides an ideal environment for researchers and students to study optimal stroke recovery from acute care to community rehabilitation.

Dr. Wong collaborates with scientists and clinicians at Washington University in St. Louis (Computer Science and Engineering, Informatics, Psychiatry and Vascular Neurology), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), University of Michigan Medical School and University of California San Diego. Internationally, his lab has research projects with partners in the Asia-Pacific region, including China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea and Australia.

General Description of Student Activities

Dr. Wong uses the experiential-learning approach to help students gain clinical research experience and develop necessary skills to link research to practice. Students will have opportunities to receive training and participate in scheduling and conducting client interviews, focus groups and assessments. In addition, students may assist in training/intervention sessions, data entry, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and writing peer-reviewed articles.

MSOT students will participate in ongoing research projects, and OTD students will have the opportunity to develop a project as part of an ongoing study that meets the support and resources available in the lab. PhD and/or MD candidates and visiting scholars will develop at least one independent research project that meets the support and resources available in the lab. Students are expected to support other lab members as necessary and attend regular lab meetings.

Students should be comfortable working in a team environment and willing to learn specialized software programs. By the end of the final year, students are mentored in the development of a journal-ready publication. Students are also encouraged to present at local and national conferences.

Examples of Projects

  • Investigating risk and protective factors associated with post-stroke daily functioning via real-time assessments
  • Develop a fully automated mobile intervention to address problems of medical adherence in real time for stroke survivors
  • Tracking post-hospitalization data using a wireless health system for predicting readmission of patients discharged from the comprehensive stroke center
  • Evaluating a mindfulness meditation program to reduce post-stroke stress-related symptoms
  • Developing a tailored self-management and community participation program for first and recurrent stroke prevention among African Americans
  • Adapting and testing a patient engagement treatment for inpatient medical rehabilitation
  • Investigating chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment of breast cancer survivors using patient-reported outcomes and functional connectivity
  • Developing an outcome measure for tracking real-world productivity among adolescent and young adult cancer survivors
  • Developing a mobile navigation tool to support unique health service needs among adolescent and young adult cancer survivors

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