What hazard could really be posed by daily activities like driving, biking, climbing, or walking? They don’t, until they do. An awkward step, a sudden turn, an unanticipated slip or a fall can alter the direction in which one’s life is going. The Brain Injury Association of America reports that at least 2.5 million people encounter a traumatic brain injury each year. For some, the recovery may be quick and simple, while for others, it may be a life that has no semblance of normalcy.
Since one in every 60 people in the U.S. lives with a disability that is a result of traumatic brain injury, it is critical that we understand how to identify, diagnose, and manage them. On this episode, Dr. Julie Haabauer-Krupa from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), will discuss how traumatic brain injury impacts attention, memory, speech, communication, movement, coordination, decision making, and executive function. This is an invitation to create communities that thrive by engaging in discussions to raise awareness on the long-standing impact of TBI on individuals, family members, caretakers, and society.
About Julie Haarbauer-Krupa, Ph.D.
Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa, PhD, is a Senior Health Scientist on the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP) at the Injury Center. As a behavioral scientist, her role on the TBI team is to devise research projects and products to better understand trends in TBI in the U.S., and to improve health outcomes for individuals living with a TBI. She is project lead on the Report to Congress, the Management of Traumatic Brain Injury in Children, and the Return to School Projects in the division. Recent publications include: a report on life expectancy and unemployment outcomes for moderate to severe TBI; PTSD in mild TBI; point of healthcare entry for children with concussions; talking to young children about concussions; and service delivery systems for children with TBI.
Dr. Haarbauer-Krupa has 30 years of experience and has authored over 20 publications and presentations in the area of TBI with specialties in rehabilitation and pediatric populations. She previously served as a faculty member at The University of Pittsburgh, George Washington University, and Georgia State University, and currently holds an adjunct position in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University’s School of Medicine.
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