Research in the lab explores the relationships between health/developmental conditions, typical developmental processes, and the impact of the environment that surrounds children with acquired or developmental neurogenic communication disorders on long-term outcome. The goal of this work is to uncover factors that would be amenable to intervention and enhance the effect of currently used evidences-based interventions. We are also interested in novel service delivery models, such as telemedicine, that could improve access to services and address disparities in care that exists in these populations.

Current lab projects include:

1) Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury – Pathways of Care Project:
Focuses on understanding barriers/facilitators to identification and referral for rehabilitative/educational support services for children with TBI. This project is done in collaboration with Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (Cleveland) and Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus).

2) INvesT study (Identification of neurodevelopmental disabilities in underserved children using telepractice):
Focuses on the use of a multi-step, interdisciplinary telemedicine service delivery model to decrease age of identification of neurodevelopmental disabilities in, generally, underserved populations. This project is done in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Short (CWRU, Psychological Sciences), the Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services (NEON, Hough), Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (Cleveland), and other suburban primary pediatric practices.

3) We are conducting about students returning to school after Traumatic Brain Injury. The study is called STATBI: School Transition after Traumatic Brain Injury.

The purpose of this research study is to evaluate the impact of BrainSTEPS Pennsylvania, a program designed to support students with TBI in school. This study will examine the academic, social, and health outcomes for students with TBI who participate in BrainSTEPS compared to students with TBI in Ohio who do not participate in BrainSTEPS.

If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete at several time points to tell us how your child is doing. We will also ask for permission to have information about how your child is doing at school and on their state-level testing.

Because it is important to understand how children with TBI do for several years after their injury, this study will be collecting data for up to 4 years.  If you agree to participate, we will ask you to complete surveys every 3 months for the first year, and then once a year in years 2 and 3.

Each time you complete the surveys, it will take approximately 90 minutes of your time. The survey items will be sent to you via an electronic link and then a person who works on the study will call you to follow-up. Please watch this video for more explanation.

If you would like participate, please contact  Dr. Angela Ciccia at (216) 368-5385 or angela.ciccia@case.edu