Psychologist Studies Traumatic Brain Injury

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Psychologist Studies Traumatic Brain Injury

Published on August 19 2014


Dr. Dawn Good (PSYC) was recently awarded a research grant by the Council for Research in the Social Sciences (CRISS) to study emotional responses in people who have sustained a traumatic brain injury.  According to Dr. Good, "Persons who have sustained injury to the head or brain may experience changes in their emotional functioning." Dr. Good and her PhD student Julie Baker have recently shown that stress responses are often decreased following a mild head injury or concussion.  They plan to use the CRISS award to extend their investigation by examining differences in stress responses using hormonal markers such as cortisol and alpha-amylase (a stress hormone).  The outcomes of this research have implications in the fields of neuropsychology and rehabilitative medicine.  Please feel free to contact Dr. Good for further information.