Spotlight on Research - Risa Nakase-Richardson, Ph.D.

Name and Title:
Risa Nakase-Richardson, Ph.D., Clinical Neuropsychologist, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of South Florida; Principal Investigator, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center.

Educational Background:
B.A., Mississippi College; M.A. & Ph.D., Department of Psychology, West Virginia University; Residency, Dept of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi, Fellowship, Department of Neurology, University of Mississippi Medical Center & Department of Neuropsychology Methodist Rehabilitation Center, Jackson, Mississippi.

Research Interests:
My area of interest include rehabilitation outcome following traumatic brain injury. Characterization of early recovery and improved understanding of chronic health concerns has been the focus of my recent work. This work has led to conceptual models of early treatment (focusing on sleep disturbances) and development of empirically-based classification schema. Most of my work has derived from the NIDILRR and VA funded TBI Model Systems Programs of research. The infrastructure of these studies has resulted in the funding of additional projects through the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, VA HSRD, VA RR&D, and PCORI.

Publications:
McGarity S, Barnett S, Lamberty G, Kretzmer T, Powell-Cope G., Patel N., Nakase-Richardson R. A comparison of community reintegration problems among veterans and active duty service members with mild and moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma and Rehab. Epub Ahead of Print, June 2016, doi: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000242

Nakase-Richardson R. Improving the significance and direction of sleep management in TBI. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2016; 31(2): 79-81. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000235
PMID: 26959662

Holcomb EM, Schwartz DJ, McCarthy M, Thomas B, Barnett SD, Nakase-Richardson R. Incidence, characterization, and predictors of sleep apnea in consecutive brain injury rehabilitation admissions. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2016; 31(2): 82-100. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000230 PMID: 26959663

Kamper JE, Garafano J, Schwartz DJ, Silva MA, Zeitzer J, Modarres M, Barnett SD, Nakase-Richardson R. The concordance of actigraphy with polysomnography in TBI Neurorehabilitation Admissions. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2016; 31(2): 117-125. doi:

Nakase-Richardson R, & Whyte, J. International collaboration to advance the science and care for those with severe brain injury and disorder of consciousness. International Neurotrauma Letter, www.internationalbrain.org/international-collaboration-to-advance-the-science-and-care-for-those-with-severe-brain-injury-doc/.

 
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