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ABI Conference 2012

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Sport-concussion 101: Understanding Concussion in Athletes Informs Best Practice Assessment and Management of mTBI in Other Populations

Paul Comper, PhD, CPsych
Neurology Consultant, Neuro Admin/Neurology, Toronto Rehab/UHN

Paul Comper is a psychologist practicing in clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology and a clinician/scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute/UHN. In addition to his clinical and research interests in the area of traumatic brain injury, Dr. Comper holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Sciences (Faculty of Medicine) and the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Dr. Comper has published and presented internationally in the area of mild traumatic brain injury and sports-related mild traumatic brain injury. For the past nine years, he has been the consultant neuropsychologist to the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and a member of the NHL/NHLPA concussion working group.

In 2010, Dr. Comper and his colleague Dr. Michael Hutchison presented the results of their work on the mechanism of concussions to the General Managers and Board of Governors at the NHL Annual Meeting. This led to the implementation of Rule 48 and subsequent changes sanctioning deliberate head contact. In March of this year, they presented at the World Congress of the International Brain Injury Association (in Edinburgh). Dr. Comper currently has a book chapter in preparation for the Oxford Press entitled “Concussions and the College Athlete”.

Shared care in Mental health and ABI: Can the whole be more than the sum of the parts?

Carolyn Lemsky, PhD, CPsych
Neuropsychologist, Clinical Director, Community Head Injury Resource Services (CHIRS)

Carolyn Lemsky is a neuropsychologist with 20 years of experience working in rehabilitation settings in the U.S. and Canada. For the past 14 years, she has been the Clinical Director at Community Head Injury Resource Services of Toronto—a government funded agency designed to promote community re-integration of persons living with the effects of acquired brain injury. CHIRS is also home to an active clinical research program related to co-morbid mental health and problematic substance use.

For the past five years, Dr. Lemsky has been the director of the Substance Use and Brain Injury Bridging Project. In that role, she has provided leadership on the SUBI Research to Practice Network, and for the past year, the mental health and brain injury partnership with Reconnect-- projects funded by the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. Over the past five years, the SUBI team has conducted cross-training workshops and seminars with over 2,000 service providers in addictions and acquired brain injury. Current projects include the development of a manual for families, a Brain Injury Screening program implemented at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and a Treatment and Shared Care pilot programs.

Mohamed Badsha
Director of Operations, Reconnect Mental Health Services

Mohamed Badsha is the Director of Operations with Reconnect Mental Health Services. Reconnect is a community mental health organization that specializes in case management support services. Mr. Badsha has several years of voluntary sector experience coupled with a background in community development. He brings expertise in the areas of health care administration, project management, program design and quality assurance.

Judy Gargaro, BSc, MEd
Research Consultant, West Park Healthcare Centre

Judy Gargaro has a BSc degree in psychology and physiology and a MEd in Applied Psychology and Counselling from the University of Toronto. She has worked as a Research Coordinator on numerous projects over the last 20 years at Surrey Place Centre, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University of Toronto, West Park Healthcare Centre, Toronto Central CCAC, and CHIRS (Community Head Injury Resource Services) in the areas of developmental delay, cerebral palsy, mental health, diabetes, spinal cord injury and in particular brain injury.

Ms. Gargoro has extensive research experience co-ordinating and managing projects and many publications in peer-reviewed journals. Her research interests are in the area of neurotrauma, specifically ABI, and issues relating to adjustment, community living, the way supportive services are delivered to and perceived by consumers and their families, the effectiveness of clinical interventions, and the clinical and research utility of outcome measures.

Practice and Research in Northern and Rural Areas: Challenges, opportunities, and adventures

Michel Lariviere, BPHE, MA, PhD
Clinical Psychologist; Associate Professor, Human Kinetics, Northern Ontario School of Medicine; Associate Director, Center for Research in Occupational Safety and Health, Laurentian University

Michel Lariviere is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in Human Kinetics at Laurentian University (Sudbury, Ontario) and a professor in Clinical Education at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. He also serves as the Associate Director at the Center for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH).

Dr. Lariviere has led large-scale studies on the predictors of occupational mental health and adjustment, including a national study of correctional and human service workers--a first of its kind in Canada. He has performed national surveys on worker well-being as well as the determinants of mental health and high risk health behaviours.

Dr. Larivière was recently invited to serve on the Ontario Review Board (ORB), which annually reviews the status of every person who has been found not criminally responsible or unfit to stand trial for criminal offences on account of a mental disorder. He is a consulting psychologist with the Correctional Service of Canada, Youth Justice Services, the Workers Safety and Insurance Board, and the Children’s Aid Society among others.

Practising Best Practices: Facilitating Positive School Reintegration for ABI Youth, Post-Injury or Illness

Jan Heneberry, BA, BEd, SETS, TESL, PQP, Parts I and II
Community Liaison Teacher, Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC) School

Jan Heneberry has worked as a Community Liaison Teacher (CLT) with the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC) School for 8 years, supporting youth clients aged 4-18 years with physical disabilities and complex needs with school reintegration and transitions planning. She acts as CLT with six school boards in Eastern Ontario. Prior to working at OCTC, Jan was a classroom teacher in both regular and Section 23 classrooms. As a School Board Consultant in the Student Services Department of Ottawa Carleton DSB, Jan held responsibilities for programs for students with Developmental Disabilities (DD) and Physical Disabilities (PD) throughout the system. Jan holds a BA and BEd, with Specialist Qualifications in Special Education and ESL, Principal Qualifications I and II.

Jaye Blakeley
Community Resource Teacher, Bloorview School Authority, Toronto

Jaye Blakeley is currently a Community Resource Teacher (CRT) with the Bloorview School Authority, affiliated with the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital and Toronto District School Board. Prior to her role as CRT, Jaye taught primary school-aged children with various special needs. In addition, Jaye has experience as a former Board Itinerant Teacher for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In that role, she was responsible for providing consultations services and support for teachers of students with ASD. Jaye holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours English Literature from the University of Guelph, Ontario, a Post Graduate Certificate of Education – Primary, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Scotland, and Special Education Specialist (part 1, 2, 3) – Nipissing University.

Jim Donohoo, BEd, SETS, Spec. Computers in the Classroom
Education Consultant, John McGivney Children’s Centre (JMCC) School Authority, Windsor, Ontario

Jim Donohoo has held the position of Education Consultant with the John McGivney Children’s Centre (JMCC) School Authority in Windsor, Ontario for the past seven years, working with children with physical and neurological disabilities. He began his career in education as a Grade 7/8 Learning Support Teacher with the Greater Essex County District School Board 15 years ago. As Education Consultant, Jim facilitates the transition of students from JMCC pre-school, JMCC School and JK/SK age out-patients to their community schools. His role also provides educational consultation and disability awareness to community schools to further support children who are clients of the John McGivney Children’s Centre. Jim Donohoo holds a BEd, Specialist in Special Education, and a Specialist in Computers in the Classroom.