Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Shari Wade, Ph.D. is a tenured Professor in the Division of Rehabilitation Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. For the past 25 years, Dr. Wade's work has been supported by grants from NIDRR, NIH, HRSA, Centers for Disease Control, and PCORI. Her research on the serious family consequences of pediatric TBI led to a 1999 NIDRR-funded project to develop a treatment program for families of children with TBI that incorporated problem-solving, communication skills, and antecedent behavior management strategies. Promising results from this study lead to nearly 20 years of programmatic research developing and testing web-based interventions to reduce the behavioral morbidity and family consequences of TBI while increasing access to care. This research has advanced the science regarding behavioral interventions for pediatric TBI culminating in a 2009 NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pediatric TBI Interventions. She has continued to extend this work to other populations including executive dysfunction in adolescents with epilepsy and survivors of childhood brain tumors. A recently completed PCORI-funded comparative effectiveness study provided support for the efficacy of online family problem-solving both with and without therapist involvement. International collaborations have supported the implementation of family problem-solving in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Italy.