Community Reintegration After Stroke Laboratory

General Laboratory Description

Dr. Connor directs the Community Reintegration After Stroke Laboratory, which focuses on research to quantitatively model recovery and community reintegration in stroke survivors. This work aims to understand the barriers and facilitators to participation in everyday life activities after stroke to guide and optimize the delivery of rehabilitation interventions. The overarching goal of this work is to create evidence-based, targeted interventions to enable people post-stroke to participate more fully in community life.

Current research projects include:

  • Examining the extent to which cognitive abilities and functional cognition predict participation in cognitively demanding activities
  • Examining the aphasia-specific, stroke-specific and aging factors that predict participation
  • Examining the extent to which apathy and cognitive fatigue predict participation
  • Investigating the nature of activity participation itself

General Description of Student Activities

Studies will have the opportunity to receive training in and participate in a variety of research activities with clients who have had a stroke, such as scheduling and testing research participants and conducting focus groups and assessments. In addition, students will assist in training sessions, data entry, qualitative or quantitative data analysis, and writing peer-reviewed articles. Students will learn supported communication techniques for including people with aphasia in research studies.

Examples of Projects

  • Do post-stroke participation measures tap the same underlying construct?
  • Activity participation goals in people with aphasia: Lack of agreement with proxy respondents
  • Self-perception of physical function predicts participation in cognitively and physically demanding activities after stroke
  • Positive social support predicts social participation in people with aphasia after stroke

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