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Research Spotlight


The Multiple Sclerosis Task Force has 15 members and we would like to highlight some of them in this inaugural newsletter.

Dr. Jennifer Stinson is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Neuropsychologist within the Department of Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine. In this role, she evaluates the cognitive and neurobehavioral status of patients presenting with a wide range of neurodegenerative conditions, including multiple sclerosis.

Angela Smith is the Senior Research Coordinator in the Center for Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research. Ms. Smith is also is involved with consumer conference planning and the tri-annual publication of the Northern NJ TBI Model Systems consumer newsletter.

Dr. Sarah Donkers is an Assistant Professor and Physiotherapist at the University of Saskatchewan. The overall focus of her research is on ways to maximize function and quality of life for individuals living with neurological conditions. Her research team is currently examining novel methods of delivering physiotherapy and behavioral coaching for individuals living with MS.

Dr. Catherine Siengsukon is an Associate Professor at the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science Department at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on understanding how sleep impacts health-related outcomes including fatigue, physical and cognitive function, and pain as well as recovery in individuals with neurologic conditions.

Dr. Hannes Devos is an Assistant Professor at the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science Department at the University of Kansas. His research interests are centered on cognitive workload in multiple sclerosis. He is the Principal Investigator of a study on the use of pupillometry as an early indicator of cognitive changes in multiple sclerosis and a randomized controlled trial investigating the benefit of virtual reality treadmill training on mobility and cognitive functions.

Dr. Yael Goverover is an Associate Professor at New York University and a visiting scientist at Kessler Foundation. Her research focuses on two key areas: (1) Development and investigation of functional cognition assessments for persons with cognitive and functional impairments; (2) Development and investigation of occupationally focused interventions for persons with functional cognitive difficulties.