Visiting Scientist Jacob Kean Recieves VA Career Development Award

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February 29th, 2012

Jacob Kean  PhD, CCC-SLP, Boston ROC Visiting Scientist has received a VA Career Development Award to continue his work developing Patient/Clinician Reported Outcomes for veterans with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).

Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) has affected thousands of veterans involved in recent military conflicts. Persistent symptoms occur in 10-20% of patients with mTBI. The sponsored project is designed to develop an assessment tool to measure the self-management knowledge, skills and beliefs of veterans with mTBI that would be paired with symptom assessment tools and linked to evidence-based rehabilitation approaches. This comprehensive assessment system would be delivered using existing telehealth infrastructure, significantly extending the ability of care managers to monitor veterans with mild traumatic brain injury and reduce the long-term psychosocial and medical needs from both persistent deficits and problems that develop in later life, including increased risk of suicide, homelessness, unemployment, marital discord, neurodegenerative diseases, and reduced community participation.

Jacob Kean joined the Boston ROC team in June 2011 as our second Visiting Scientist.  Since then, he has been working with Alan Jette, PT PhD, Wendy Coster PhD OTR/L, FAOTA, and Pengsheng Ni MD MPH on the qualitative measurement development activities needed to create a measure, and advanced psychometric and factor analytic techniques needed to develop a measure administered adaptively through the use of a computer adaptive testing (CAT).