Amanda Botticello, PhD, MPH, received a $605,000 subaward from the National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research to study a cognitive-behavioral intervention in the outpatient population with spinal cord injury (SCI). Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado, is the lead site for the five-year grant, titled, “Reinventing yourself after SCI.” The two sub-sites are Kessler Foundation in West Orange, New Jersey, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Investigators plan to enroll more than 250 individuals in this randomized controlled trial of this cognitive-behavioral intervention. Participants must be at least 4 weeks post discharge to the community. The intervention is a six-week structured program of group therapy based on helping individuals develop the confidence and skills necessary to fully participate in the community.
“We will look at the effects of this intervention on self-efficacy, emotional wellbeing, and community participation,” explained Dr.Botticello, research scientist in SCI and Outcomes & Assessment Research at Kessler Foundation. “We anticipate that gaining a positive perspective on living with SCI will help individuals adjust to their disability, support their efforts to fully engage at home, at work, and in their community, and result in improved outcomes for this population.”