New Grants and Research for Rehabilitation Faculty

July 29, 2019
Faculty members from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute have secured several new grants and awards in July that will expand upon the depth and innovative nature of both programs. 

Amery Treble-Barna, PhD was awarded an Outcomes Studies Grant from the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology Foundation (AACNF). The program funds investigations that evaluate outcomes of clinical neuropsychological services and works to increase the availability of empirical data addressing the value of neuropsychological services. 

Dr. Treble-Barna’s research project will examine whether having a neuropsychological evaluation following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in pediatric patients reduces unmet needs and increases service utilization.

Krestin Radonovich, PhD will serve as the site primary investigator for a new multi-center, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) investigation that will begin in December 2019.

The study is called “Widespread Implementation on a Patient-Centered Online Therapy for Adolescent Traumatic Brain Injury,” and it has a number of objectives and aims that include:

Implementing a family choice family problem-solving therapy (F-PST) into clinical practice at 10 children’s hospitals and rehabilitation centers and measure its impact on patient/parent-reported adolescent behavior problems and quality-of-life
Identify patient, therapist, health system, and community factors that facilitate or impede implementation or efficacy of family choice F-PST
Evaluate the maintenance of family choice F-PST by sites after 18 months.

Kentaro Onishi, DO was elected to serve with the International Olympic Committee’s IOC Research Team at the 2020 summer games to be held in Tokyo, Japan. This is Dr. Onishi’s second involvement with the Olympic Games. In 2018, Dr. Onishi served as a medical volunteer at the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games. He was one of 12 physicians chosen worldwide by the IOC to serve on the medical team treating athletes in the Olympic Village.