Alex Wong in a lab meeting with students

Cognitive Rehabilitation Laboratory

General Laboratory Description

Dr. Wong’s Cognitive Rehabilitation Laboratory has three key areas to optimize health and rehabilitation for individuals with neurological conditions.

  1. Developing precise assessments through the application of modern psychometric theories and mobile health technologies.
  2. Developing innovative interventions to maximize daily, cognitive and emotional functioning.
  3. Understanding mechanisms of functional recovery using wireless health, neurobehavioral testing, and patient-reported methods.

Dr. Wong also directs the Stroke Management and Rehabilitation Team (SMART) Stroke Registry, which prospectively collects data from medicine, radiology and rehabilitation on approximately 30,000 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.

General Description of Student Activities

Dr. Wong uses an 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.

OTD students have the opportunity to develop a project as part of an ongoing study that meets the 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. By the end of the final year, OTD students may be mentored in the development of a journal-ready publication.

Examples of Projects

  • Investigating the impact of neurocognitive impairments and mental symptoms on daily life participation among stroke survivors using ecological momentary assessments
  • Using wearable and ambient sensors for predicting activities of daily living among stroke survivors.
  • Testing a patient engagement intervention – Enhanced Medical Rehabilitation – for inpatient spinal cord injury rehabilitation
  • Developing a Stroke Real-Time Monitoring System to understand barriers and facilitators for stroke recovery
  • Developing a mobile health intervention to improve performance of daily activities and mood among stroke survivors 
  • Evaluating a mindfulness-based meditation intervention to reduce post-stroke stress-related symptoms 
  • Developing an assessment to understand the impact of cancer and identify targeted resources for adolescent and young adult cancer survivors
  • Evaluating the impact of chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment in breast cancer patients using neurobehavioral assessments and ecological momentary assessments

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