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Self-Management Interventions for Stroke Recovery and Recurrent Stroke Prevention (415063)

Monday, October 1
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Cortez A

This symposium presents evidence on diet, physical activity, and medication management to enhance stroke recovery outcomes and reduce risk of recurrent stroke. We will describe evidence on implications for post-stroke disability on intervention adoption and maintenance. We also present a novel self-management program and initial findings on how the intervention was related to reduced hospital readmission rates.

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Suzanne Burns

Assistant Professor
Texas Woman's University

Suzanne Perea Burns, PhD, OTR, is an assistant professor at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. Dr. Burns' research foci is two-fold: 1) participation in context for adults with stroke, and in particular, the interplay between post-stroke executive dysfunction and the lived environment, and 2) leveraging mobile technology to mitigate health and participation disparities in persons with disability.


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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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Valerie A. Hill

Assistant Professor
University of Cincinnati

Valerie Hill is a Rehabilitation Scientist and Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati in the Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences. Her work focus on life- and self- management for individuals with disabilities and chronic diseases.


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Chetan Phadke

West Park Healthcare Centre

Dr. Chetan Phadke was trained as a Physiotherapist in India and received his PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Florida. Dr. Phadke has several years of experience working in the area of neurorehabilitation in persons with SCI, stroke, MS, and Cerebral Palsy. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers in leading journals and is currently a Scientist in the Spasticity Research Program at the West Park Healthcare Centre with Faculty Appointments in the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto and the Faculty of Health, York University, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Phadke's current interest is in developing a better understanding around the functional impact of spasticity and the application of new gait training methods to persons with spasticity.


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Laura Oppermann

Assistant professor
University of Texas Medical Branch

Laura Oppermann, PT, DPT is Assistant Professor at University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston. She completed her training at University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston in physical therapy and doctor of physical therapy at Texas Woman’s University-Houston. She has worked as a physical therapist at Houston Methodist Hospital in acute care on the stroke unit and inpatient rehabilitation setting. Interests include the prevention of stroke and return to independence for adults with mild stroke.


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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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Elena Philippou

Assistant Professor Nutrition-Dietetics
University of Nicosia

Elena Philippou, PhD, RD, FHEA is an Assistant Professor in Nutrition-Dietetics at the University of Nicosia and a Visiting Lecturer at King’s College London, UK. Dr Philippou is mainly interested in studying how diet can prevent degenerative disease, and more specifically, the effects of Mediterranean diet and carbohydrate manipulation on cognitive function and cardiometabolic factors. She has published a number of scientific papers in International peer-reviewed journals and is the editor of the book The Glycemic Index: Applications in Practice by CRC Press, USA. As a practicing clinical dietitian for the past 15 years, she is also highly experienced in manipulating diet for disease prevention and management.


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