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MON, 31 OCT // 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Primary Content Focus: Brain Injury

Secondary Content Focus: Clinical practice (assessment, diagnosis, treatment, knowledge translation/EBP), Other (theoretical constructs of complex perceived states)

The primary objective of this course is to educate and stimulate professionals and researchers in TBI to challenge the commonly held view that fatigue, alertness and daytime sleepiness in TBI are perceptual states on the same continuum. The implications of this challenge are directly relevant to clinical approaches to patients presenting with fatigue, impaired alertness or excessive daytime sleepiness. The discussion may also help to shape future research on the topics of common perceptual states in TBI.


  1. Describe  the biological mechanisms of fatigue, alertness, and daytime sleepiness
  2. Explain the clinical significance  of perceptual states of fatigue, alertness, and daytime sleepinessn in patients with TBI
  3. Implement assessment strategies for fatigue, alertness, and daytime sleepiness in TBI
  4. Review the state of evidence supporting interventions to treat fatigue after moderate-severe TBI


  1. brain injury
  2. fatigue
  3. alertness
  4. daytime sleepiness
  5. perceived complex states


Tatyana MollayevaTatyana Mollayeva, MD, PhD, RPSGT
Postdoctoral fellow, Toronto Rehab-UHN

Dr. Mollayeva completed doctoral studies on the topics of sleep in traumatic brain injury in the faculty of rehabilitation science and neuroscience at the University of Toronto in 2015. She holds a medical degree from the Moscow Medical Academy and specialization in Epidemiology of infectious diseases from the Turkmen State Medical University. She has worked in sleep medicine since 2004, and is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Canadian Sleep Society. As of 2014, she is taking part in the CIHR Work Disability Prevention Program. Her research interests focus on the significance of sleep disorders after brain injury.

Tamara Bushnik, PhD, FACRMTamara Bushnik, PhD, FACRM
Director of Research, Rusk Rehabilitation

Dr. Bushnik is the director of research at Rusk Rehabilitation and an associate professor at NYULMC. Dr. Bushnik’s research interests lie in the area of community integration and independent living, approaching this research from a multidisciplinary perspective. Dr. Bushnik is the project director of the Rusk Rehabilitation Traumatic Brain Injury Model System of Care at NYU. She has been a member of ACRM for over twelve years. She served as president of ACRM from 2011-2013 and was awarded the Fellow of ACRM in 2009 and the Distinguished Member Award in 2008.

Angela ColantonioAngela Colantonio, MsOT Reg, PhD, FACRM
Director Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto

Dr. Colantonio is a full professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy with appointments to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science. Concurrently, she holds the position of director of the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute  at the University of Toronto and a senior scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-University Health Network. In early 2013, Dr. Colantonio was a recipient of the inaugural Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Research Chair in Gender, Work and Health.

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