LAURA S. LORENZ,
MEd, MA, PhD, CBIS
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Brain Injury X-Posed
|An astonishing story: What does it feel
like to live with a brain injury? What are the issues and concerns
of survivors? How do they cope? Where do they find comfort, support,
and hope? Brain Injury X-Posed: The Survivor’s View is a
photographic exhibit created by Laura, Barbara Webster, and eight
members of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts Framingham
support group. 'Taking photos and talking about them helped to peel
away the layers of issues and emotions like the layers of an onion,'
says Barbara Webster, co-facilitator of the project, who also
sustained a TBI. Read more about this incredible project here
Projects Current and Past Page and
Brainline.org Brain Injury X-Posed: The Survivor's View.
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As of 05-14-2013
Presentations, Papers, Journal
Articles, Op-Ed Pieces, Talks, Lectures, etc
Laura will be presenting on her book Brain injury: Narratives of rehabilitation and healing,
as part of the panel “Spotlight: Disability and Qualitative Inquiry: Rethinking an Abelist World” chaired by
Ronald Berger Prof at the
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and consulting editor for the Disability in Society book series with Lynne Rienner Publishers, at the
Ninth Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
(ICQI) Conference, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign IL. May 17th, 2013
For more information, a copy of her presentation, and the conference brochure please
Transitional Life Experiences of the Long-term Brain Injury Survivor: A Qualitative Study to Understand Survivors’ Perspectives
Sindi Samayoa, MS, CRC, Senior Director of Quality Management, Advocates, Inc.; Laura Lorenz, PhD, MEd, CBIS, Senior Research Associate & Lecturer, Brandeis University; Therese O’Neil Pirozzi, ScD, Professor at Northeastern University; Michelle Demore-Taber, ScD, CBIS, Director of Brain Injury Services, Advocates, Inc.
This workshop will discuss results from a qualitative research study which attempted to give voice to the long-term brain injury survivor who had a transitional experience moving from a more restrictive living setting to a fully integrated, independent living model of housing with an individually-driven model of support services. 32nd Annual Conference,
Association of Massachusetts, March 28th from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Best Western Royal Hotel and Plaza in
For more information and a copy of the conference brochure please
Valentine's Day Special ! (Feb 14th 2013) Laura will be a guest on two radio programs
-- at 3 pm and 10 pm EST.
The 3 pm show is focused on brain injury, the 10 pm Brain
Injury Radio show is
The radio host is FantasticFrank, a brain injury survivor.
For more information about the
show, links, and phone#'s
Come listen and to join the conversations by calling in! Tell
friends and colleagues who might be interested also !
Laura will be giving a talk on Using Participatory Visual Methods in Social
Science Research. A Lunchtime Research Talk for Sustainable
International Development MA Advanced Study and Joint Degree
Students, At The Heller School for Social Policy & Management, Brandeis
University, October 15, 2012. For more information and a copy of the
presentation please click (here).
Publications Author. (2012). A Way into Empathy: A 'Case' of Photo-Elicitation in Illness Research. In J. Hughes (Ed.),
SAGE Visual Methods. London: SAGE Publications. (forthcoming).
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on our Presentations
Lorenz, L. S. and
Chilingerian, Jon A. (2011).
Visual and Narrative Methods to Achieve Fair Process in Clinical Care.
JoVE - Journal of Visualized Experiments (February 16th
2011) over 16,053 viewings.
(14:32 Min). Read more by clicking
Brain Injury Survivors:
Narratives of Rehabilitation and Healing
by Laura S. Lorenz from
Lynne Rienner Publishers
Hardcover 200 Pages
Learn more about the book and order from:
Barnes & Noble, and
“Incredibly important…. a must-read for
people who care about brain injury. Lorenz provides a genuinely
fresh way of allowing survivors to provide their own perspectives on
life-change experience. This innovative and touching book will
change the way we think about—and respond to—the experience of brain
injury survivors.” –Prof. Mark Sherry, University of Toledo
"A well-conceived and beautifully written treatise. The book is clear and concise while still offering inspirational material that is obviously close to the author’s heart."—Cheryl E. Daugherty, Issues in Mental Health Nursing
"Offers a sensitive, innovative, and client-centered approach to working with individuals suffering from TBI..."—C. Alexander Simpkins, Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter
Update: 2012 Lynne Rienner Publishers Booth
- ASA (American Sociology Association) 107th Annual Meeting, August 17th-20th, Denver, CO.
Over 5,500 leading specialist in sociology in the U.S., Canada, and other countries.
Who Attends ASA Annual Meetings?
of Research Institutes Academic Deans Department Chairs University
and College Faculty Private Consultants Students (The Future of the
Industry) Meet sociologists who
are the front runners in research, higher education and public
policy initiatives. The American Sociological Association consists
of professional sociologists with backgrounds in academic
institutions, applied research and policy settings, government and
non-profit agencies as well as many graduate and undergraduates at
universities and colleges all over the world.
Front and center (below), first
Lynne Rienner's - Disability Study Series.
"Dr. Lorenz's book, Brain
Injury Survivors, Narratives of Rehabilitation and Healing, lights a
candle of hope for those who have suffered acquired brain injury--by
definition any injury to the brain that occurs after birth and
results in functional impairment. Her careful delineation of the
effects of this hidden yet pervasive and insidious disability is
compelling as well as educational. Her illuminating interviews
together with her poignant stories of how survivors are coping
illustrate the potential for healing available to those who suffer
from this debilitating condition..."
—Tasha Halpert Author, Amazon Review
Students and practitioners of
rehabilitation therapies, medicine, social science, and social
policy will find this refreshing book to be informative and
useful. Brain injury survivors and their families will recognize
their own experiences and find hope. Clinicians will discover a
new approach to improving their care for persons with hidden
Description: Although millions of people are
affected each year by brain injuries, what it is like to live
with these injuries is often misunderstood. Laura Lorenz delves
into the experience of acquired brain injury (ABI) survivors to
reveal how they make sense of their changed circumstances - and
how social policies and medical expectations can enhance, or
detract from, their quality of life.
As she traces individual
journeys on the road from diagnosis through rehabilitation,
Lorenz evokes the reality of living with ABI. She also tackles
the systemic problems undercutting the quality of current
medical and social support. Moving beyond ABI, her work
encourages a fresh approach to the patient-provider relationship
for people with a wide range of disabilities...
(read more here)