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STROKE HOT TOPICS: Addressing Mental Health in Stroke Rehabilitation (419615)

Sunday, September 30
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: Coronado A

After the stroke, as many as 70% of people will find that they have also developed a mental health condition, such as depression, fatigue, and anxiety. Unfortunately, mental health is not commonly addressed as part of the typical rehabilitation for people with stroke. In this hot topic session, we will discuss the benefits and barriers to addressing mental health as part of stroke rehabilitation with an interdisciplinary panel of experts. Attendees with leave with evidence-based, client-centered, recovery-oriented strategies to help them evaluate and treat mental health in people with stroke.

Learning Objectives:

Jaclyn K. Schwartz

Assistant Professor
Florida International University

Jaclyn Schwartz, PhD, OTR/L has worked as an occupational therapist across the continuum of care from home health to the intensive care unit with both children and adults. Dr. Schwartz’s research investigates improving health management and maintenance occupations in persons with chronic health conditions. She has 15 peer-reviewed publications and proceedings and over 50 peer-reviewed presentations.


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Lauren Thomas

Director of rehabilitation psychology
Memorial rehabilitation institute

Dr. Lauren Thomas is a rehabilitation neuropsychologist and the director of rehabilitation psychology at the memorial rehabilitation institute. Her clinical interests include treatment of stroke and traumatic brain injury across the continuum of rehabilitation. She also works with the oncology population in the inpatient rehab setting. Dr. Thomas has a particular clinical and research interest in integrative medicine and general wellness as a primary and secondary treatment modality for brain injury. In addition, she works closely with caregivers to help improve follow through with treatment recommendations and to help enhance wellness and adjustment of families.


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Samir Belagaje

Asst. .Professor, Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine
Emory University

Dr. Samir Belagaje is an Assistant Professor in Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University where he also serves as Director of Stroke Rehabilitation for the Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center. He completed his neurology residency at the University of Cincinnati and served as the Chief Resident from 2007-08. He stayed at UC to complete a stroke and neuro-recovery fellowship between 2008-2010. His honors in training include being selected as Preliminary Intern of the Year, PROOF award for patient care, membership into Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) honor society, and STAR award for patient care.

His clinical and research interests pertain to the mechanisms of post-stroke recovery and use of technology particularly TMS and stem cells to enhance recovery, as well rehabilitation interventions in the acute stroke period. He is the local PI on national stroke rehab trials and is involved as a co-investigator on other trials. His honors and accomplishments include being named 2012 Teacher of the Year by the Emory neurology residency program, serving as course director for a course at the 2012 American Academy of PM&R conference. He has co-authored several book chapters, manuscripts and presented abstracts at multiple conferences. He has also served in a consultation capacity to industry in developing new technology for stroke rehabilitation. He is also the fellowship director for the Vascular Neurology fellowship.


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Xiaolei Hu

Consultant physiatrist
University Hospital of Northern Sweden

Xiaolei Hu MD, PhD is a physician, researcher and educator specialized in rehabilitation medicine. She acts as a consultant physiatrist at NeuroRehabilitation, NHHC, University Hospital of Northern Sweden (NUS). Dr. Hu is leading a stroke rehabilitation research group at Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Umeå University.

Dr. Hu was a physician in China when she moved to Sweden as a guest researcher in 1995. She received a PhD from Umeå University in 2003 with her PhD thesis entitled `` Apoptotic and necrotic cell death after photothrombotic ring stroke´´. During her postdoc period, Dr. Hu studied the role of neuroplasticity in rehabilitation. After received Swedish MD in 2009, Dr. Hu completed a rotating internship and residency training at NUS; and became certified as a consult physiatrist.

Dr. Hu was appointed as one of 3 experts to draft the recommendations for education of physiatrist residency by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) from 2014-2015. Dr. Hu has involved in the development of national guidelines in the care of stroke patients after chosen as an expert by Socialstyrelsen from 2016. Dr. Hu is appointed as a scientific judge by Swedish Innovation Agency (VINNOVA) from 2017.

Dr. Hu was Chair of the Swedish Physiatrist Residency and Resident Representative in Swedish Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (2014-2016) where she is a board member since 2012 and Treasurer since 2016. She is or has been active in both national and international conference committees (Rehabveckan and ACRM).

Dr. Hu is driving research and clinical developments with focusing on implementation of evidence-based motor and cognitive rehabilitations into the clinical praxis in acquired brain injury care and management. She is used to lead and co-operate with the multidisciplinary teams in inpatient and outpatient care. Dr. Hu has rich teaching and supervising experiences within undergraduate and graduate educations.


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Paige A. Salinas

Program Manager
Pate Rehabilitation

Paige Salinas is a Clinical Program Manager at Pate Rehabilitation in Dallas, Texas. She obtained her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2004. In 2005, she became a Licensed Master Social Worker and then became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2011. Mrs. Salinas has been working in brain injury rehabilitation for 15 years, and has been a Certified Brain Injury Specialist for ten years. She has contributed to the field of neurorehabilitation in various roles including case manager, licensed psychotherapist, and also as a CARF surveyor. Currently, she manages an interdisciplinary treatment team in a post-acute brain injury rehabilitation setting, and aims to improve patient outcomes by teaching rehabilitation professionals the importance of client centered practices for setting effective stroke rehabilitation goals.


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Alexandra L. Terrill

Assistant Professor
University of Utah

Alex Terrill is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah. Her background is in clinical psychology with specialized training in health and rehabilitation psychology. More specifically, her research aims to identify protective factors involved in rehabilitation for stroke, and to translate this knowledge into interventions designed to help individuals and their families foster resilience to promote healthier lives. She has been awarded internally- and externally- funded grants as Principal Investigator to support the development of resilience-enhancing interventions for couples coping with stroke, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury. She has 15 peer reviewed publications and over 40 national and international conference presentations in her area of research.


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