Current Research


All Current Research Projects

  • Building an Evidence Base for Weight Loss Strategies Among Those with Chronic SCI

    Funding Agency: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)

    2018-2021

    Grant # 90IFRE0022

    $199,999 (2018-2019) | $198,288 (2019-2020) | $197,771 (2020-2021)

    Principal Investigator: Katherine Froehlich-Grobe, PhD

    The project goal is to improve the health and function of people who have experienced a spinal cord injury (SCI) by demonstrating the efficacy of a multi-component weight loss intervention that promotes healthy physical activity and eating behaviors. The objectives are to (1) develop a multi-component weight loss intervention for people with SCI and assess the (2) usability of specific weight loss strategies (portion controlled/prepacked food, enhanced self-monitoring and the GLB SCI, developed by further adapting the GLB AIM) and (3) efficacy of these various strategies to address the unique barriers faced by people with SCI.

    Contact

    Erina Sarker, MPH | [email protected]

    Stephanie Calhoun, BS | [email protected] | 214.228.5181

  • Comparing the accuracy of videofluoroscopy (VFS) and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) for observation of swallowing in bottle-fed NICU infants

    Funding Agency: Baylor Scott and White Healthcare Foundation

    2017-2020

    Grant: BSW Foundation

    Principal Investigators: Jenny Reynolds, Sandra Carroll, Chrysty Sturdivant

    Purpose: To create a unique innovative program that will create and disseminate research and education in the area of infant feeding. More specifically, the program will include national/global training programs and continuing education courses for professionals (including RN, MD, PT/OT/SLP feeding therapists)working in the area of infant feeding. Training will be offered globally to therapists on FEES, a new diagnostic assessment for infants in the NICU. Research topics will span the area of FEES in the NICU, breastfeeding, viscosity and thickening agents utilized in infant feeding, etc. Free parent education classes on infant feeding will be offered to NICU, Newborn nursery, and post NICU graduates. Innovative therapeutic modalities will be implemented into the inpatient NICU. This program will also include advocacy for awareness to the state level (HHSC) about the efficacy of this procedure, FEES in the infant population.

    Contact:

    Jenny Reynolds | [email protected]

    Lacy McDonald | [email protected]

  • Efficacy of an Evidence-Based Lifestyle Intervention for People Following Stroke

    Funding Agency: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)

    2018-2021

    Grant # 90IFRE0021

    Principal Investigator: Simon Driver, PhD

    Purpose: The project goal is to improve the health and function of people who have experienced a cerebrovascular accident (CVA) by demonstrating the efficacy of a weight loss intervention that promotes healthy physical activity and eating behaviors. The objectives are to (1) modify an existing evidence-based weight loss intervention for the general population to meet the unique needs of people post CVA and assess the (2) feasibility of delivering and (3) efficacy of the modified intervention.

    Contact

    Evan Elizabeth McShan, MS, CCRC | [email protected]

  • FIRST: Robotic Gait Training to Improve Rehabilitation Outcomes

    Funding Agency: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)

    2020-2023

    Site Principal Investigator: Chad Swank, PT, PhD

    Purpose: To compare the effects of robot walking training with usual care walking training for people with spinal cord injury (SCI) undergoing inpatient rehabilitation.

    Contact:

    Alexandria Holden | [email protected]

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  • Improving Transition from Acute to Post-Acute Care Following Traumatic Brain Injury

    Funding Agency: Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute

    2017-2022

    Contract # PCS-1604-35115 | ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT03422276

    Principal Investigators: Simon Driver, Ph.D. (Lead Center: University of Washington, Jeanne Hoffman, Ph.D.)

    Purpose: To examine how improving the transition from the hospital to outpatient care can improve the lives of people with moderate to severe TBI. In this study, patients with TBI who are discharged from inpatient rehabilitation at one of six national TBI Model Systems sites will be randomized to: (1) Standardized Discharge Care (SDC) or (2) SDC plus a telecare program called Optimized Transition Care (OTC). The project team will compare functioning and quality of life at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months after hospital discharge in these two groups.

    Contact:

    Aimee Muir | [email protected]

  • Modifying and Implementing a Lifestyle Change Program Among Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury

    The Ginger Murchison Foundation

    2015-2018

    Primary Investigator: Simon Driver, Ph.D.

    Purpose: To examine (1) participant adherence with the Diabetes Prevention Program – Group Lifestyle Balance program modified for people with TBI (i.e., session attendance; self-monitoring through completion of dietary tracking sheets), and (2) change in primary (i.e., weight loss) and secondary (i.e., blood pressure; waist and arm circumference; lipid profile; self-reported health; quality of life; step count; dietary behaviors) outcomes after the 12-month intervention.

    Contact:

    Simon Driver | [email protected]

  • Improving Transition from Acute to Post-Acute Care Following Traumatic Brain Injury

    Funding Agency: Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute

    2017-2022

    Contract # PCS-1604-35115 | ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT03422276

    Principal Investigators: Simon Driver, Ph.D. (Lead Center: University of Washington, Jeanne Hoffman, Ph.D.)

    Purpose: To examine how improving the transition from the hospital to outpatient care can improve the lives of people with moderate to severe TBI. In this study, patients with TBI who are discharged from inpatient rehabilitation at one of six national TBI Model Systems sites will be randomized to: (1) Standardized Discharge Care (SDC) or (2) SDC plus a telecare program called Optimized Transition Care (OTC). The project team will compare functioning and quality of life at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months after hospital discharge in these two groups.

    Contact:

    Aimee Muir | [email protected]

  • Physical Activity and its Relationship with Disabling Secondary Conditions after Traumatic Brain Injury

    Funding Agency: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)

    2017-2022

    Grant # 90DPTB0013

    Site Principal Investigator: Simon Driver, PhD

    Collaborators: University of Washington

    Purpose: To better understand the relationship between physical activity and outcomes such as sleep, mood and thinking ability in people who have had a traumatic brain injury (TBI)

    Contact:

    Aimee Muir, MBA | [email protected]

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  • Seat Cushion Study

    Funding Agency: BSW Foundation

    2020-2021

    Site Principal Investigator: Seema Sikka, MD

    Collaborators: University of Texas at Arlington

    Purpose: To test the operation and usability of the smart seat cushion designed to change pressure and offload pressure in different parts of the cushion in order to prevent pressure ulcers.

    Contact:

    Alexandria Holden, MPH | [email protected]

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  • Sleep SMART

    Funding Agency: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

    2020-2022

    Grant # 1U01NS099043-01A1 Subaward No.: 011337-136955

    Site Principal Investigator: Chad Swank, PT, PhD

    Collaborators: StrokeNET and University of Michigan

    Purpose: This research is being done to figure out whether treatment for sleep apnea, in people who have had a stroke or TIA, improves recovery from stroke, and helps prevent future stroke, heart problems, and death.

    Contact:

    Lacy McDonald | [email protected]

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  • Targeted Plasticity Therapy for Upper Limb Rehabilitation in Spinal Cord Injuries and Cardiovascular Accidents

    Funding Agency: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Wings for Life

    2021-2023

    Grant # N66001-17-2-4011

    Site Principal Investigator: Rita Hamilton, DO

    Collaborators: Texas Biomedical Device Center and UT-Dallas, UTSouthwestern

    Purpose: To assess if implanted vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is able to improve recovery of arm function in people living with a spinal cord injury and people following an cardiovascular accident.

    Contact:

    Erina Sarker, MPH (SCI) | [email protected]

    Emma Turner (CVA) | [email protected]

    To learn more about this study: https://www.utdallas.edu/txbdc/trials/sci/
  • Training for Care Partners of Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury

    Funding Agency: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)

    2017-2022

    Grant # 90DPTB0013

    Site Principal Investigator: Simon Driver, PhD

    Collaborators: UTSouthwestern

    Purpose: To determine whether select training provided to care partners of adults with traumatic brain injury admitted to the hospital can reduce caregiver burden and improve coping skills and mood in care partners.

    Contact:

    Aimee Muir, MBA | [email protected]

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