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Health and Disability Research Laboratory

General Laboratory Description

Dr. Wong’s Health and Disability Research Laboratory has three key areas to optimize survivors’ functioning:

  1. Develop precise assessments through the application of modern psychometric theory and mobile technology.
  2. Develop effective interventions to maximize daily, cognitive and emotional functioning.
  3. Understand brain injury and repair mechanisms underlying daily functioning problems among survivors using mobile health, neurobehavioral, and biomarker 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 (Department of Psychiatry and Brown School of Social Work), Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, University of Illinois, University of Michigan Medical School and University of California San Diego. Internationally, his lab has a few research projects with partners in Asia-Pacific regions including China, Hong Kong and Singapore.  

General Description of Student Activities

Dr. Wong uses the experiential-learning approach to help students gain clinical research experiences 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. 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 necessary for data analysis. 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
  • Evaluating a mindfulness meditation program to reduce post-stroke stress-related symptoms
  • Develop a tailored self-management and community participation program for first and second stroke prevention among African Americans
  • Testing a patient engagement treatment program for inpatient medical rehabilitation
  • Developing an outcome measure for tracking real-world productivity among cancer survivors
  • Developing a mobile assessment, tailoring resources to individualized needs for adolescent and young adult cancer survivors

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