The Measurement and Intervention for Neuropsychological Disorders (MIND) Lab is led by Michael W. Williams, Ph.D. We have a primary interest in understanding the neuropsychological aspects of recovery following brain injury. Particular populations of interest include traumatic brain injury (TBI) and stroke. We have a specific interest in the cognitive, emotional, and physical characteristics that are related to functional recovery and patient-centered outcomes. Our goals include identifying modifiable factors and developing novel targeted interventions to optimize recovery and outcomes after brain injury.
Current lab projects examine the role of physical pain after TBI in relation to functional outcomes (e.g., independence, community participation, etc.). The knowledge gained from these projects will be used in combination with prior research to develop patient driven behavioral interventions to maximize recovery.
Chronic Pain After Traumatic Brain Injury
This National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) funded project is a collaborative effort with the Brain Injury Research Center (BIRC) at TIRR Memorial Hermann, directed by Dr. Angelle Sander (co-PI). This project utilizes a mixed-method design to evaluate the extent to which chronic pain influences cognition and outcomes (i.e., functional independence, societal participation, and life satisfaction) following traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Utilizing Mobile Technologies Among People with TBI
This Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) funded pilot study will utilize a wearable device and mobile app to collect data in a person’s natural environment. This project will also focus on individuals with chronic pain and TBI. This project is a collaborative effort with the BIRC and Dr. Sander. These novel technological tools may serve as treatment monitoring tools for future research.
Recent Lab News
November 2022: Congratulations to Alyssa Day on her successful thesis defense!
August 2022: Welcome to Emily Dudek, newest graduate student member! Emily joins the UH clinical psychology program with clinical neuropsychology as a major area of study.
July 2022: Dr. Williams was selected as a recipient of an Annual Conference Scholarship from the ACRM Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (BI-ISIG) to attend the 99th ACRM Annual Conference!
June 2022: Congratulations to Tobiloba Quadri, who was awarded the 2022-23 B. Williams Family Scholarship Endowment!