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Image: dr Lauren Strober will apply an existing intervention for individuals with spinal cord injury to improve self-efficacy, coping and psychological well-being in individuals with multiple sclerosis.
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East Hanover, NJ – January 19, 2022 – Lauren Strober, PhD, senior research scientist at the Kessler Foundation’s Center for Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research, has received a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to expand her research , which aims to ensure quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Through this scholarship, Dr. Strober examine the effectiveness of a behavioral intervention, Reinvent yourself after MS.

dr Strober, in collaboration with Craig Hospital (Denver, CO) and key stakeholders, will adapt an existing intervention, Reinvent yourself after a spinal cord injury, for use in MS. the reinvention Intervention was developed at Craig Hospital and has been shown to be effective in individuals with spinal cord injury.

In the first phase of the study, the research team will conduct focus groups with people with MS to identify and integrate their unique needs into the reinvention Intervention while maintaining the integrity of the existing spinal cord injury intervention. The second phase of the study will include a randomized controlled trial to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of the customized intervention.

“The reinvention The intervention aims to improve self-efficacy, psychological well-being and quality of life through cognitive behavioral therapy and positive psychology principles and techniques,” explained Dr. strober “The ultimate goal is to equip people with MS with the skills they need to improve their self-efficacy and coping as they adjust to living with MS,” she added.

Self-efficacy is a person’s belief in their ability to be successful in certain situations. “It is an important factor in how individuals decide what actions to take when faced with an obstacle or challenge. As such, it is particularly important in managing the emotional and physical impact of MS and can help empower individuals to maintain their health and quality of life,” said Dr. strober The intervention also integrates components of positive psychology, such as B. expressing gratitude or recognizing the good in daily life, which has been shown to be a significant predictor of well-being.

The culmination of the study will be a customized manual intervention, Reinvent yourself with MS, to be used in future research and in the clinical care of people with MS.

Funding: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) under grant number 90IFRE0053. Visit the NIDILRR website for more information.

About the Kessler Foundation

The Kessler Foundation, a major disability nonprofit, is a global leader in rehabilitation research aimed at improving cognition, mobility, and long-term outcomes, including employment, for people with neurological disabilities resulting from disease and injury of the brain and spinal cord. The Kessler Foundation is a national leader in funding innovative programs that expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Learn more at www.KesslerFoundation.org.

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Title: Lauren Strober, PhD, is a senior research scientist at the Kessler Foundation’s Center for Neuropsychology and Neuroscience.

Subtitle: dr Lauren Strober will apply an existing intervention for individuals with spinal cord injury to improve self-efficacy, coping and psychological well-being in individuals with multiple sclerosis.


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