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Advisory Committee Chair

Edward Taub

Advisory Committee Members

Olivio Clay

Amy Knight

Gitendra Uswatte

Document Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2021

Degree Name by School

Master of Arts (MA) College of Arts and Sciences

Abstract

Multiple cognitive training approaches for cognitive impairment following acquired brain injury have been found to improve cognitive functioning in the laboratory setting. However, current studies suffer from a lack of focus on the transfer of improved cognitive functioning from the laboratory setting to a patient’s everyday life. This case series addresses this lack of treatment transfer using a collection of behavioral techniques known as the Transfer Package. The Transfer Package works alongside clinical and in-laboratory training of functional cognitive impairments to improve an individual’s real-world functioning and independence after injury. This cognitive training case series utilizes this Transfer Package in chronic phase post-stroke individuals with cognitive impairment. This case series consists of six participants with mild to moderate post-stroke cognitive impairment who underwent an intervention that utilized speed of processing training and behavioral techniques to improve real-world cognitive functioning. The overarching goal of this project was to demonstrate the feasibility of transferring functional treatment improvements from the laboratory setting into a patient’s everyday life.

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