Researching acquired brain injury recovery, engagement and community outcomes via evidence-based rehabilitation.

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Project Overview

ABI:RECOVER is a longitudinal study at the University of Western Australia, founded in 2014, that aims to investigate the relationship between thinking skills and daily functioning in adults with acquired brain injury (ABI).

ABI is any injury that occurs to the brain after birth and can cause significant problems in cognitive functioning. These consequences can significantly impact a person’s functional outcome – that is, a person’s ability to live independently, engage in their community, leisure activities, social relationships, and work/study roles.

This project aims to evaluate the relationship between neuropsychological measures (e.g., executive function, prospective memory, emotional function and meta-cognition) and functional outcome following an ABI in adults and determine which specific factors are most predictive of outcome. Finally, this project aims to trial an intervention for areas thought to be promising predictors of outcome after ABI. It will be seen whether improvements in these cognitive abilities can improve long-term psychosocial outcome.

This research project has ethics approval from The University of Western Australia Human Research Ethics Committee Ethics Committee (HREO; approval number RA/4/1/7240) and the Royal Perth Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee (approval number RGS0000000221) and is funded using the internal School of Psychological Science funding. Additional funding will be provided as part of the Brightwater Lyn Beazley Top Up Scholarship.