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Traumatic brain injury

  • Social functioning after traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 24(6)pp. 460–467. Temkin, NR, Corrigan, JD, Dikmen, SS, & Machamer, MA (2009).
    FROM ABSTRACT: ...TBI decreases the probability of employment after injury in those who were workers before their injury...and decreases the likelihood that they will return to the same position. ...TBI also adversely affects leisure and recreation, social relationships, functional status, quality of life, and independent living. ...Conclusion: TBI clearly has adverse effects on social functioning for adults. While some consequences might arise from injuries to other parts of the body, those with moderate to severe TBI have more impaired functioning than do those with other injuries alone.
  • Social skills treatment for people with severe, chronic acquired brain injuries: A multicenter trial. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 89(9), pp. 1648-59. McDonald, S, Tate, R, Togher, L, Bornhofen, C, Long, E, Gertler, P, Bowen, R. (2008).
    FROM ABSTRACT: ...social activity alone did not lead to improved performance relative to waitlist (placebo effect) on any outcome variable. On the other hand, the skills training group improved differentially on ... self-centered behavior and partner involvement behavior.... Conclusions: This study suggested that treatment effects after social skills training in people with severe, chronic brain injuries are modest and are limited to direct measures of social behavior.
  • Treatment efficacy of social communication skills training after traumatic brain injury: A randomized treatment and deferred treatment controlled trial. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 88(12), pp. 1561-73. Dahlberg, CA, Cusick, CP, Hawley, LA, Newman, JK, Morey, CE, Harrison-Felix, CL, & Whiteneck, GG. (2007).
    FROM ABSTRACT: ...TBI subjects who received social communication skills training had improved communication skills that were maintained on follow-up. Overall life satisfaction for participants was improved.
  • Effects of a symptom-free waiting period on clinical outcome and risk of reinjury after sport-related concussion. Neurosurgery, 65, pp. 876–883. McCrea, M, Guskiewicz, K, Randolph, C, Barr, WB, Hammeke, TA, Marshall SW, & Kelly, JP (2009).
    FROM ABSTRACT: ...Our findings suggest that an SFWP [symptom-free waiting period] did not intrinsically influence clinical recovery or reduce risk of a repeat concussion. The overall risk of same-season repeat concussion seems to be relatively low, but there may be a period of vulnerability that increases risk of repeat concussion during the first 7 to 10 days postinjury. Further study is required to investigate this preliminary finding and help determine whether this risk can be reduced further with specific injury-management strategies.
  • What are the real risks of sport-related concussion, and are they modifiable? Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 15, pp. 512-520. Randolph, C & Kirkwood, MJ (2009).
    FROM ABSTRACT: ...It is concluded that serious short-term consequences of sport-related concussion are extremely rare and unlikely to be significantly modified via management strategies that rely on baseline testing. Other less serious short-term adverse outcomes are also quite rare, transient, and not likely to be altered by specific management guidelines. The long-term consequences of multiple sport-related head trauma remain unclear but are potentially of greater public health concern and should be the focus of increased research. Based on available evidence, there is little rationale for the use of rigid strategies or guidelines in the place of individual clinical decision-making in the management of these injuries.
  • Measurement of head impacts in collegiate football players: Relationship between head impact biomechanics and acute clinical outcome after concussion. Neurosurgery, 61, pp. 1244-1253. Guskiewicz, KM, Mihalik, JP, Shankar, V, Marshall, SW, Crowell, DH, Oliaro, SM, Ciocca, MF, & Hooker, DN (2007).
    FROM ABSTRACT: ...Our findings suggest that football players are concussed by impacts to the head that occur at a wide range of magnitudes and that clinical measures of acute symptom severity, postural stability, and neuropsychological function all appear to be largely independent of impact magnitude and location. Because of the varying magnitudes and locations of impacts resulting in concussion as well as other factors such as the frequency of subconcussive impacts and number of previous concussions, it may be difficult to establish a threshold for concussive injury that can be applied to all football players.
  • Postconcussion syndrome following sports-related head injury: Expectation as etiology. Neuropsychology, 13(4), pp. 582-589. Ferguson, RJ, Mittenberg, W, Barone, DF, & Schneider, B. (1999).
    FROM ABSTRACT: ...Past research has suggested that an expectancy-guided, retrospective-recall bias may account for much of the variance in PCS symptom reporting. The present study examined the influence of symptom expectations on mild head trauma symptom reports among participants in contact sports.... Results suggest that individuals with mild head injury tend to overestimate postconcussion symptom change in a manner consistent with their symptom expectations. A cognitive-behavioral model that explains the persistence of PCS is proposed.
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Capacity assessment in dementia and aging

  • Cognitive correlates of financial abilities in mild cognitive impairment. Journal of the American Geriatric Society, 54(11), pp. 1745-50. Okonkwo, OG, Wadley, VG, Griffith, HR, Ball, K, & Marson, DC (2006).
  • Self- and informant report of financial abilities in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease: Reliable & valid? Journal of the American Geriatric Society, 51(11), pp. 1621-26. Wadley, VG, Harrell, LE, & Marson, DC (2003).

Victimization & Exploitation of People with Developmental Disabilities

  • A Preliminary Assessment of Police Officer’s Knowledge and Perceptions of Persons with Disabilities. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 46(3) pp. 183-189. Modell, SJ & Mak, S (2008).
  • Interviewing alleged victims with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 52(1), pp. 49-58. Cederborg, A.C; Lamb, M. (2008).
  • Police officers and disability: Perceptions and attitudes. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 45(1), pp. 60-63. Modell, SJ & Cropp, D. (2007).
  • Systematic patterns in bullying and victimization. School Psychology International, 27(3), pp. 352-369. Chan, J.(2006).
  • Sexuality and people living with physical or developmental disabilities: A review of key issues. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 12(1), pp. 53-68. Di Giulio, G. (2003).
  • Crime victims with developmental disabilities: A review essay. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 28(6), pp. 655-694. Petersilia, JR (2001).
  • Sexual abuse treatment for persons with developmental disabilities. Professional Psychology: Research & Practice, 23(5), pp. 404-409. Mansell, S., Sobsey, D. & Calder, P. (1992).
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Complete Publication List - V.E. Stone (Click on article titles to download. Does not include papers already listed above.)

Professional History for Dr. Valerie Stone

  • Director, Continuing Education, Answers About Competency LLC, & Answers About Brain Injury LLC Dec 2007-present
  • Advisory Board, Guardianship Alliance of Colorado, June 2008-present
  • Adjunct faculty, School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia, Dec 2007-2010
  • Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), tenured, Social Neuroscience, School of Psychology, University of Queensland, 2003-2008
  • Adjunct faculty, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Program, Psychology Department, University of Denver, 2003-2005
  • Assistant Professor, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Program, Psychology Department, University of Denver, 1998-2003
  • Editorial Boards of neuroscience journals: Cortex, 2003-2007; Social Neuroscience, 2006-2010.
  • Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Psychology, Cambridge University, England, 1997-98
  • Postdoctoral research fellow, Center for Neuroscience, UC Davis, 1993-97
  • Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Michigan, 1990-91
  • Project Director, Prevention Sciences Group, UCSF, 1992-93
  • Ph.D., Psychology, Stanford University, 1990
  • A.B., Physics, Cum Laude, Harvard, 1985

Dr. Stone - Professional Honors

  • Associate Editor, Social Neuroscience and Cortex.
  • Research Grant, "Validation of a competency assessment method for persons with dementia," with Drs. Nancy Pachana, Jill Wilson, Cheryl Tilse, & Gerard Byrne, Awarded 1/2008, National Health & Medical Research Council, Australia.
  • Diversity and Equity Award, University of Queensland Equity Office, for Workshops on Indigenous Mental Health, Co-Organizer with Drs. Winnifred Louis & Paul Harnett, Elders Michael Williams and Jackie Huggins, and Stephen Corporal, 2007-2008.
  • Research Grant, "The Neuropsychology of Skills for Independent Living: Social Competence and Insight in Older Adults and Neurological Patients," with Dr. Nancy Pachana, 2004-05.
  • Research Grant, "The Cognitive Architecture of Human Social Intelligence," 2004.
  • Research Grant, "Investigating Social Vulnerability in the Elderly", 2002-03.
  • Teaching Grant, "Integrating Technology into the Psychology Curriculum," with Drs. J. Keenan, D. McIntosh, Y. Munakata, C. Reed, C. Reichardt, P. Winkielman, 2000-02
  • Research Grant, "Measuring the Social Deficits in Autism," 1997-98, Baker Fund for Autism.
  • Young Investigator Award, "The Role of the Frontal Lobes and Amygdala in the Social Deficits in Autism," Cure Autism Now Foundation, 1998-2000.
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1995-98.
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1986-89.
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