2020 Peachtree Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
Registration Deadline: January 20, 2018
Registration Fee (Payable to BIAG):
The focus of the Think BIG symposium is on health and wellness to support long term health in brain injury through promoting active lifestyles, developing strong social networks, encouraging patient/family health and wellness goals, and assessing for
risk factors that limit physical and cognitive engagement in communities.
The day will also include panel presentations of researchers describing the state of brain injury research in Georgia, and of brain injury survivors and caregivers sharing their stories of challenges and successes. Attendees will leave with new
ideas, approaches, and resources to support the long-term success of survivors and caregivers. Think BIG is a healthcare professional, survivor and caregiver symposium presented by Shepherd Center and the Brain Injury Association of Georgia (BIAG).
You can download a brochure for this event here.
At the completion of the course, participants will be able to:
Case Managers, Occupational Therapists/Certified Occupational Therapist Assistants, Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants, Recreation Therapists, Registered Nurses, Speech-Language Pathologists.
Brain Injury Survivors and Caregivers are invited.
Registration / Sign In
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Ask the Doctor: Questions and Answers about Brain Injury
Bamidele Adeyemo, MD; Russell Gore, MD; Alan Harben, MD;
Breakout Session 1
Management of Mild Brain Injury
Russell Gore, MD
Support Groups: Development, Sustainability and Future
Jane Jackson, CBIS
Breakout Session 2
Mindfulness and ABI: Clinical Applications from an Emerging Research Base
Katy O’Brien, PhD, CCC-SLP; Ariella Kaplan, MEd, CCC-SLP; Rebecca Marshall, PhD, CCC-SLP; Tessa Trumbauer, BS; Susan Shwartz, PhD
Navigating Information & Resources: Hospital to Community
Susan Johnson MA, CCC-SLP, CCM
Lunch and Learn
Translational Research for Traumatic Brain Injury
Tolu Oyesanyo, PhD; Julie Haarbauer- Krupa, PhD; Susan Margulies, PhD; Michelle LaPlaca, PhD
Breakout Session 3
Using Technology to Support Cognition after Brain Injury
Tracey Wallace, MS, CCC-SLP
Managing Behavior: Yours, Mine, Ours
Kristi Miller, MS, LPT, CBIS
Break and Vendors
Breakout Session 4
Effectiveness of Life Skills Training for Successful Community Re-integration
Cindi Johnson MA, CBIST
Yoga: Benefits for the Brain Injury Community Across the Continuum of Care
Lauren Tudor, CTRS
Panel of Survivors and Caregivers: Stories, Successes & Challenges
Moderated by Kelly Campbell, MEd
Closing Remarks, Adjourn
*This cooperative offering has contributions of in-kind support from both Shepherd Center and Brain Injury Association of Georgia.
Bamidele Adeyemo, MD
Bamidele Adeyemo, MD serves as the Medical Director of Rehabilitation at Atlanta Medical Center of Tenet Healthcare System. He is a neurorehabilitation fellowship trained physiatrist who specializes in the care of traumatic and other brain injuries. He has performed research in stroke, traumatic brain injury, concussion, neuromodulation, and neurorecovery. Dr. Adeyamo has given numerous lectures nationally and internationally on these topics.
Bamidele Adeyemo, MD has disclosed no relevant financial or non-financial relationships.
Kelly Campbell, MS
Kelly Campbell, MS is a stroke survivor and educator. She is on the board of directors for the Brain Injury Association of Georgia (BIAG), is a BIAG support group leader, is a Support Group Steering Committee member and the current committee chair. Kelly is also the current fundraising chair and has served as the silent auction chair for 2014, 2015, and 2016 fund-raisers. Kelly currently leads Unlimited Possibilities Support Group, one of the largest stroke, aneurysm and TBI support groups in Georgia. In addition, Kelly is a former elected official as well as a three-term legislative assistant in both the Georgia House and Senate.
Kelly Campbell, MS has disclosed no relevant financial relationships. Kelly Campbell, MS has disclosed a relevant non-financial relationship being on the BIAG Board of Directors.
Russell K. Gore, MD
Russell K. Gore, MD joined the medical staff of Shepherd Center in December 2015. As director of vestibular neurology at Shepherd Center, Dr. Gore cares for patients who have dizziness and balance challenges resulting from spinal cord or brain injury. In addition, Dr. Gore is the medical director of Shepherd Center’s SHARE Military Initiative and the director of the hospital’s Complex Concussion Clinic.
Russell K. Gore, MD has disclosed no relevant financial or non-financial relationships.
Julie Haarbauer-Krupa, PhD
Julie Haarbauer-Krupa, PhD is currently employed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta GA and serves as adjunct faculty, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Haarbauer-Krupa has over 30 years of experience in the field of pediatric traumatic brain injury and prior to joining CDC was active in TBI work with the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund in Georgia. In 2011, she was awarded a NIDILLR field initiated grant through her work at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for a longitudinal study to examine children in Georgia who experienced a traumatic brain injury prior to age 5 years. Dr. Haarbauer-Krupa presents at national and international conferences, has authored over 20 publications in the area of TBI with specialties in rehabilitation and pediatric populations, and currently has additional publications in review.
Julie Haarbauer-Krupa, PhD has disclosed a financial relationship of a research grant through NIDILRR. Julie Haarbauer-Krupa, PhD has disclosed no relevant non-financial relationships.
Alan Harben, MD
Alan Harben, MD is the Medical Director of Restore Neurobehavior Program in Roswell Ga that rehabilitates patients with severe cognitive and physical impairments that are harmful to themselves and others. In addition, he is also the Medical Director of North Fulton Regional Hospital’s Rehabilitation Program. He has been actively involved with Brain Injury Association of Georgia for many years, serving in leadership capacities. Dr. Harben has worked in brain injury for 30 years and has presented on brain injury topics regionally.
Alan Harben, MD has disclosed no relevant financial relationships. Alan Harben, MD has disclosed relevant non-financial relationships being on the Board of Directors for the Brain Injury Resource Foundation and serving on the BIAG Advisory Committee.
Jane Jackson, CBIS
Jane Jackson, CBIS is the executive director of the Brain Injury Association of Georgia. Her husband sustained a traumatic brain injury in 1998, then becoming involved with Brain Injury Association of Georgia in 2002. She started in a volunteer capacity, then moved from part-time to full-time staff in 2005. During this time, she also achieved Certified Brain Injury Specialist Certification (CBIS). Jane currently oversees more than 25 support groups statewide, and has helped start 5 support groups in Georgia. She initiated the Support Group Steering Committee, coordinates and hosts yearly Support Group Leadership Conferences and Town Hall Teleconferences for Support Group Leaders, and has led a Caregivers Support Group. Jane is the co-chair for Caregivers Camp held each summer while their loved ones attend Camp BIAG.
Jane Jackson, CBIS has disclosed a financial relationship as the Executive Director of Brain Injury Association of Georgia (BIAG) receiving a salary. Jane Jackson, CBIS has disclosed no relevant non-financial relationships
Cindi Johnson, MA, CBIST
Cindi Johnson, MA, CBIST is a master’s level clinician and has practiced for over 35 years as a brain injury specialist. She has managed brain injury programs and started the first Brain Injury Club House from ground zero which has become recognized nationally. She has presented on numerous topics related to the ongoing long-term needs and support for people with brain injuries. Cindi continues to be a long-time advocate for the needs of people with brain injuries and their families.
Cindi Johnson, MA, CBIST has disclosed no relevant financial relationships. Cindi Johnson, MA, CBIST has disclosed a non-financial relationship with a professional affiliation through Side-by-Side Clubhouse.
Susan Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP, CCM
Susan Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP, CCM is the Director of Brain Injury Services at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta GA, and has practiced as a speech language pathologist serving people with brain injuries and their families. Susan has developed programs from coma to community for people with brain injuries and their families over the last 35 years. She sits on a National Committee for developing education materials to support severe brain injury, having developed educational materials and web information specific to the needs of this population. She has spoken on brain injury numerous times at the regional and national meetings. Susan has been a strong advocate both at the state and federal level for people with brain injuries and their families.
Susan Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP, CCM has disclosed no relevant financial or non-financial relationships.
Ariella Kaplan, MEd, CCC-SLP
Ariella Kaplan, MEd, CCC-SLP is a speech language pathologist at Shepherd Pathways in Decatur GA with 5 years of experience working with adults and adolescents with acquired brain injury and speech/language disorders. She has completed an intensive Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course with a focus on mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga, and mindful communication. Ariella has had a daily mindfulness practice for over two years, and incorporate mindfulness into her client’s cognitive-linguistic interventions.
Ariella Kaplan, MEd, CCC-SLP has disclosed no relevant financial or non-financial relationships.
Michelle LaPlaca, PhD
Michelle LaPlaca, PhD is an associate professor at Georgia Institute of Technology and has been working in the field of traumatic brain injury for 25 years and conducts both basic and clinical research. Her research interests are in injury biomechanics, cell tolerance to injury, biomarker identification, concussion, and heterogeneity of injury response. Dr. LaPlaca participates in clinical research related to multimodal assessment tools for mild traumatic brain injury, and maintains professional relationships with clinicians with expertise ranging from emergency medicine to long term care of individuals with injury.
Michelle LaPlaca, PhD has disclosed financial relationships of a research grants through NIH, Department of Defense and NFL/GE/UnderArmour. Michelle LaPlaca, PhD has disclosed no relevant non-financial relationships.
Susan Margulies, PhD
Susan Margulies, PhD is a Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech, and Emory School of Medicine. She has 30 years of research experience on the biomechanics of traumatic-brain injury.
Susan Margulies, PhD has disclosed a financial relationship of a research grant through NIH. Susan Margulies, PhD has disclosed relevant non-financial relationships of academic affiliations through Georgia Tech and Emory University.
Rebecca Marshall, PhD CCC-SLP
Rebecca Marshall, PhD CCC-SLP is a speech language pathologist with 17 years of experience working with adults following stroke or other acquired brain injuries. Dr. Marshall has 12 years of experience in teaching and conducting research in mindfulness.
Rebecca Marshall, PhD CCC-SLP has disclosed no relevant financial or non-financial relationships.
Kristi Miller, MS, LPT, CBIS
Kristi Miller, MS, LPT, CBIS currently serves as the Detector of Referral Relations at Restore Health Group, a program specializing in neurobehavioral treatment and supported living services serving adults with acquired brain injury who are challenged by behavioral issues. She holds a master’s degree in applied clinical psychology and has worked with the brain injury population for over 18 years.
Kristi Miller, MS, LPT, CBIS has disclosed no relevant financial or non-financial relationships.
Katy O’Brien, PhD, CCC-SLP
Katy O’Brien, PhD, CCC-SLP is a speech language pathologist with over 9 years of experience working with adolescents and adults with traumatic brain injury. Dr. O’Brien conducts research with a focus of supporting students with traumatic brain injury as they return to educational settings.
Katy O’Brien, PhD, CCC-SLP has disclosed no relevant financial relationships. Katy O’Brien, PhD, CCC-SLP has disclosed relevant non-financial relationships as a board member for BIAG and an academic affiliation through University of Georgia.
Tolu Oyesanya, PhD, RN
Tolu Oyesanya, PhD, RN is a post-doctoral fellow in brain injury research in the Virginia C. Crawford Research Institute at Shepherd Center. Dr. Oyesanya conducts research with patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients and their family caregivers across the treatment continuum. Her current research focuses on improving the transition support given to patients with TBI who are discharged directly home from acute care without rehabilitation services and their family caregivers.
Tolu Oyesanya, PhD, RN has disclosed a financial relationship of a research grant through NIH. Tolu Oyesanya, PhD, RN has disclosed no relevant non-financial relationships.
Susan Shwartz, PhD
Susan Shwartz, PhD is a neuropsychologist at Shepherd Pathways in Decatur, GA. Dr. Shwartz has been working with individuals with psychological and neuropsychological disorders, including acquired brain injury, for over 10 years. She is formally trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), an evidence-based psychotherapy intervention that heavily incorporates mindfulness.
Susan Shwartz, PhD has disclosed no relevant financial or non-financial relationships.
Tessa Trumbauer, BS
Tessa Trumbauer, BS is currently a Masters Student of speech-language pathology and is actively involved in a study of mindfulness intervention for individuals with acquired brain injury.
Tessa Trumbauer, BS has disclosed no relevant financial or non-financial relationships.
Lauren Tudor, CTRS, YT
Lauren Tudor, CTRS, YT is a Recreation Therapist at Shepherd Center. She has experience on the inpatient brain injury unit, and currently works as a Yoga Specialist and Aquatics Specialist. Her clients and programs include: brain injury, stroke, military personnel, spinal cord injury, and people that are affected by multiple sclerosis. Lauren has specialty training and teaches for the Love Your Brain Program, and is about to complete her advanced yoga therapy training through the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies and is in the process of becoming a certified yoga therapist. Lauren is actively involved with research on yoga with brain injury through Shepherd Center.
Lauren Tudor, CTRS, YT has disclosed no relevant financial or non-financial relationships.
Tracey Wallace, MS, CCC-SLP
Tracey is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Shepherd Center where she specializes in brain injury rehabilitation. She also performs clinical research, provides mentorship to staff and participates in community outreach and advocacy. Tracey has over 15 years of experience using assistive technology for cognition to help people with cognitive-communication impairments function more independently and participate in desired activities at home, work, school and in their community. She has published and lectured nationally on outcomes, functional interventions and the use of technology in rehabilitation for brain injury. Tracey is currently a co-investigator on several active grant funded research projects focused on development and testing of emerging technologies for cognitive rehabilitation.
Tracey Wallace, MS, CCC-SLP has disclosed a financial relationship of a research grant through LiveWell RERC/NIDILRR. Tracey Wallace, MS, CCC-SLP has disclosed no relevant financial or non-financial relationships.
Laura Coomes is a brain injury survivor and the co-lead for the Cobb/Cherokee county Brain Injury support group.
Laura has disclosed no relevant financial or non-financial relationships.
Waring Jackson is a person living with traumatic brain injury. He has been active with the Brain Injury Association of Georgia in multiple roles.
Waring has disclosed no relevant financial relationships. Waring has disclosed a non-financial relationship having participated in multiple BIAG boards and committees, and is the spouse of BIAG’s Executive Director.
David Malutinok is the father and caregiver to their son with traumatic brain injury.
David has disclosed no relevant financial relationships. David has disclosed a non-financial relationship as he is the father/caregiver of a former patient treated at Shepherd Center and serves in the volunteer program at Shepherd Center. David also serves on the board for BIAG.
Peggy Malutinok is the mother and caregiver to their son with traumatic brain injury.
Peggy has disclosed no relevant financial relationships. Peggy has disclosed a non-financial relationship as the mother/caregiver of a former patient treated at Shepherd Center and serves in the volunteer program at Shepherd Center. Peggy also serves as the assistant to the Executive Directors of BIAG.
Samantha Renfro is the mother and caregiver of a person with traumatic brain injury.
Samantha has disclosed no relevant financial relationships. Samantha has disclosed a non-financial relationship serving on the BIAG Advisory Council and as BIAG Camp Director.
To obtain continuing education credits for this course, you must attend the entire course and complete all required course evaluations and surveys.
This course is offered for 0.75 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level; Professional Area)
Shepherd Center, Inc. is an approved provider (#9116) of continuing education units by the American Occupational Therapy Association. This program is approved for 0.75 AOTA CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course content is introductory. Activity type for OTs/COTA: Category 1- Areas of Occupation.
An application has been submitted to the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia and is pending approval for PTs and PTAs.
Shepherd Center is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (This program is approved for 7.5 Contact Hours)
This program has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board certified case managers with 7.5 clock hour(s).
If you cancel your participation in this course, your registration fee, less a $25 administrative fee, will be refunded. Refund requests should be made in writing to the administrative contact. No refunds will be made after January 27, 2018.
Cancelled registrations are nontransferable.
Shepherd Center reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event Shepherd Center must cancel or postpone this event, the entire registration cost will be refunded. Shepherd Center is not responsible for related costs, charges or expenses to participants, including fees associated with airfare/travel/lodging.
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