research and education
Krempels Center is involved in a number of education and research initiatives that support our efforts to improve the lives of brain injury survivors within our center and beyond our doors. These initiatives include:
Inservices and Training
For those who work in healthcare or social services and are interested in learning more about what Krempels Center has to offer your clients, we conduct inservices that provide information about our programming and membership processes. If you are interested in arranging an inservice please contact Heather Gilbert, Program Director, at 603-570-2026 ext. 227 or via email.
Krempels Center multidisciplinary program staff, with a combined 30 years of community practice and brain injury experience, is highly qualified to provide education and training to professionals working in the field of brain injury. Whether an introduction to brain injury and sharing practical information regarding working with brain injury survivors integrating back into the community, or other special topics, please contact Program Director Heather Gilbert for more information 603-570-2026 ext. 227 or via email.
Krempels Center is committed to educating the public about brain injury and prevention through our Community Education program. Interested members participate in a weekly group that prepares them to speak to various audiences including middle and high school students, university classes, medical and allied health professionals and community groups.
Presentations are tailored to each audience and combine educational material with the personal stories of members who are living with brain injury. Presentations can be done in person or via Skype. For questions, or to book a community education presentation for your organization, please contact Program Coordinator Kelly Redwine-DePierre at 603-570-2026 ext. 2 or via email.
“Krempels Center members visit my class every year in our Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. The members share their experiences as traumatic brain injury survivors, which personalizes and reinforces the academic knowledge students acquire during the course. Krempels Center members inspire my students, many of whom aspire to work in health care professions, to learn more about the effects of traumatic brain injury and how to reduce the impact of acquired cognitive-psychological impairments. The presentation is the highlight of our semester, and they are the first guest speakers I book every year.”
-Bryan Ness, Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of New Hampshire
“As a psychology teacher, I have found the presentations to be eye opening, inspiring, and so humbling. Many of my students have commented that the visit was one of the most profound experiences of their high school years. It certainly makes traumatic brain injury real for the students.”
-Ruth Beaton, Teacher, Pentucket Regional High School
Krempels Center staff and members have partnered with researchers over the years on multiple projects designed to evaluate the effectiveness of our program and model as well as examine various aspects of living with brain injury. Our largest efforts to date include a longitudinal outcomes study evaluating the impact of Krempels Center’s programming on members’ perceptions of social connectedness, stress, and quality of life as well as an extensive oral history project (go to our You Tube channel to listen to some of our members’ stories.) We have also supported external research efforts, such as piloting a computer application designed to improve upper extremity function, and examining the impact of stress on communication skills. Our members’ participation in research is completely voluntary, and all externally-driven research involving Krempels Center members is evaluated by an institutional review board.