Community Engagement Laboratory

General Laboratory Description

Dr. Baum directs the Community Engagement Laboratory, and her focus is to understand the factors that must be included to support the daily occupations of adults and older adults as they seek to live as independently as possible with chronic neurological conditions, particularly executive function. The lab is located in the Institute of Public Health, and the space is shared with Dr. Alex Wong and his students.

There are three key areas of study:

  1. Use of person and environmental measurement tools to address functional cognition and activity participation to document the capacities of persons as they engage in their daily lives
  2. Implementation of self-management and action planning strategies to support patients and their families as they face the challenges of community integration after stroke or other neurological conditions
  3. Engagement in multi-site trials to generate knowledge to guide policy that will improve rehabilitation and community care for individuals with cognitive impairment

General Description of Student Activities

Students will be actively involved in data collection and will be able to develop strong assessment skills. They will participate in developing and evaluating interventions that occur in community and home environments. Students will be in a lab alongside PhD students and an NIH fellow.

Examples of Projects

  1. Contributing to the testing of the feasibility and efficacy of an enhanced rehabilitation program based on client-centered, goal-focused care in the home
  2. Developing and testing the ENGAGE approach, which uses strategy development and self-management intervention for individuals with stroke
  3. Using the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) mechanism to develop and determine the effectiveness of an intervention to help stroke survivors and family members return to their productive and meaningful lives
  4. Developing a program to help community-living older adults stay active as they age
  5. Partner with students from other labs to validate a new measure to relate people’s values and their activity patterns

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