LAURA S. LORENZ,
PhD, MEd, MA.
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As of 02-20-2018
Books, Presentations, Papers, Journal
Articles, Books, Op-Ed Pieces, Talks, Lectures, etc
Laura S.Lorenz Ph.D, M.Ed., Ann L.Charrette
D.P.T.Therese M.O'Neil-Pirozzi Sc.D., C.C.C.-S.L.P, Julia M.Doucett
B.A, JeffreyFong PharmD. Healthy body, healthy mind: A mixed
methods study of outcomes, barriers and supports for exercise by
people who have chronic moderate-to-severe acquired brain injury.
Disability and Health Journal Volume 11, Issue 1, January 2018,
Pages 70-78, doi: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.08.005.
Few people with chronic moderate-to-severe brain injury are
following recommended physical activity guidelines.
Investigate effects of planned, systematic physical activity while
cultivating social and emotional well-being of people with chronic
moderate-to-severe brain injury.
Moderate-to-intensive physical activity would be associated with
improvements in impairment and activity limitation measures
(endurance, mobility, gait speed) immediately post-intervention and
six weeks later (study week 12).
The intervention was a single group pre-/post-intervention study
with 14 people with chronic moderate-to-severe brain injury who live
in brain injury group homes and exercised 60–90 min, 3 days per week
for 6 weeks at a maximum heart rate of 50–80%. Pre-post measures
(administered weeks 0, 6 and 12) were the 6 Minute Walk Test,
High-level Mobility Assessment Tool and 10 Meter Walk Test. The
qualitative component used a brief survey and semi-structured
interview guide with participants, family members, and staff.
Following program completion, post-intervention group changes were
noted on all outcome measures and greater than minimal detectable
change for people with brain injury. Three transitioned from low to
high ambulatory status and maintained this change at 12 weeks.
During interviews, participants agreed the program was stimulating.
More than eighty percent liked working out in a group and felt
better being active.
Program impact included physical, cognitive and social/emotional
aspects. Social aspects (group format, trainers) were highly
motivating and supported by residents, family, and staff.
Investments in transportation and recruiting and training interns to
assist participants are critical to program sustainability and
more information about this revealing article in Disability and
Health Journal by Elsevier.
Lorenz, LS 2017.
Talking with Pictures: Envisioning Community Integration of Older Adults with Acquired
Brain Injury. Oral presentation. 2017
Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity,
Hilton Hawaiian Village, Kalia Executive Conference Center, Hibiscus
2 Room, Honolulu, Hawaii: October 11th Wednesday, 8:10 am - 9:10 am
A participatory group process (Photovoice) involving photography, discussion, writing and exhibits. Analysis methods included participatory selection of photos and captions for exhibit, group deliberation on categorization of exhibit photos by community integration domain, and a critical appraisal by participants of the study’s guiding theoretical frame. After a brief review of this study and the Photovoice method, participants will work with photos and captions created by people with acquired brain injury to gain hands-on experience with the power of photographs, reflection, writing and exhibits to understand lives, communicate perspectives, raise awareness among stakeholders, and challenge dominant paradigms.
To see more about this presentation, abstract, etc please click
Peer review Journal and Paper
JCEHP 2017; 37(1):27-36
Developing a Community
of Practice for HIV Care: Supporting Knowledge Translation in a
Regional Training Initiative.
Gallagher DM, Hirschhorn LR, Lorenz LS, Piya P. .
Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (JCEHP)
February 2017;37(1):27-36. doi: 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000141.
Ensuring knowledgeable, skilled HIV providers is challenged by rapid advances in the field, diversity of patients and providers, and the need to retain experienced providers while training new providers and supporting translation of new knowledge to practice. New England AIDS Education and Training Center (NEAETC) provides a range of educational modalities to HIV providers in six states.This 2013 to 2014 mixed-methods study found that since 2010 NEAETC evolved educational modalities to a greater focus on active learning (case discussion, clinical consultation) and decreased didactic training by half (18-9%). Tailored approaches (based on local priorities) resulted in improved provider-reported capacity, peer learning, and support, contributing to a community of practice for HIV care.
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- Grants Awarded for Innovations in Teaching and Research
the office of the Provost Brandeis University: Teaching
innovation grants focus on innovations in teaching and student
assessment, with special preference given to proposals that look at
ways of addressing issues of diversity and inclusion, and to team
teaching/interdisciplinary course design. Research innovation awards
are aimed at early stage research to initiate innovative scholarly
inquiry and creative activities that have the potential for
significant, sustained impact (Aug 2nd 2016)...
Testing Innovative Interventions to Improve Relational Care for
People with Chronic Severe Brain Injury
Jody Hoffer Gittell (co-PI), Laura S. Lorenz (co-PI), Marji Erickson Warfield,
Christine Bishop, and Joanne Beswick
more information about this Grant Award.
Massachusetts Health Policy Forum - Severe Brain Injury in Massachusetts: Assessing the Continuum of Care
On Thursday, December 10, 2015 a half-day forum entitled “Severe Brain Injury in Massachusetts: Assessing the Continuum of Care."
was presented at the at the Omni Parker House in Boston, Ma.
This important forum examines treatment and service disparities for survivors of severe brain injury in light of coverage expansions and health care system and financing changes under state and national reform. The research
quantifies the problems, costs, and the potential consequences to both the brain injury survivors and the state as a whole. The forum explores potential options and action steps to reduce disparities and move towards a more equitable distribution of critical resources.
Laura is first author on this issue brief for the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum,
Heller School, Brandeis University. Dr Doug Katz Professor of
Neurology Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital spoke about the
importance of the brief, a number of distinguished panelists and
moderators spoke on behalf of the findings and need for support as
The Massachusetts Health Policy Forum was created in 1998 to bring public and private health care leaders together to engage in focused discussion on critical health policy challenges facing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Modeled after the successful National Health Policy Forum of George Washington University, the Massachusetts Forum conducts approximately four forums per year for an invited audience of health care leaders and legislators.
For more information about this forum Severe Brain Injury in Massachusetts: Assessing the Continuum of Care,
a copy of the issue brief itself, and a brilliantly done video shown at the beginning of the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum
entitled "A video testimony from Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Survivors for Severe Brain Injury in Massachusetts Accessing the Continuum of Care",
and a brief radio interview with CBS WBZ 1030AM News Radio's Diane
Stern and Mary Blake please click
here or the heading above to
visit the Research and Other Projects section of our website.
Charrette, AL, Lorenz, LS, Fong, J, O'Neil-Pirozzi, T, Demore-Taber, M. and Lamson, KS, (2015, October)
Impact of Intensive Exercise on Physical Function of Adults with Chronic-Moderate-to-Severe Brain Injury. Poster presentation.
American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine 92nd Annual Conference
- Progress in Rehabilitation Research, October 25th-30th
2015, Dallas, Texas. Click
more information about the conference and a preview of our poster.
Methods for Rethinking an Ableist World * Hardcover
258-Pages ISBN: 978-1472432896 -Publication Date: September
Ronald Berger and Laura Lorenz Editors. This groundbreaking text makes an intervention on behalf of disability studies into the broad field of qualitative inquiry. Ronald Berger and Laura Lorenz
(Ed), introduce readers to a range of issues involved in doing qualitative research on disabilities by bringing together a collection of scholarly work that supplements their own contributions and covers a variety of qualitative methods: participant observation, interviewing and interview coding, focus groups, autoethnography, life history, narrative analysis, content analysis, and participatory visual methods.
The chapters are framed in terms of the relevant methodological issues involved in the research, bringing in substantive findings to illustrate the fruits of the methods. In doing so, the book covers a range of physical, sensory, and cognitive impairments. For more information about
this book please click
Supportive Living Inc Lexington, MA - Talking with Pictures (2015).
Talking with pictures is a participatory project that looks with
fresh eyes at community integration of older adults with brain
injury and other neurological conditions...
For more information about this project please click
the image above.
Supportive Living 2015 Winter/Spring Functional Fitness Program
Supportive Living Inc Lexington, MA - Offers intensive exercise
programming for people with disabilities from severe brain injury
three times per week at the SLI Brain Injury Wellness Center. To
see the program in action click
Peer review Journals and Papers:
Lorenz, LS, Demore-Taber, M, Samayoa, S. (September 2015). There
will be some changes made: A survivor perspective on post-acquired brain injury residential transition.
Primary objective: Brain injury survivors experience many
transitions post-injury and it is important that they experience
these in the most supportive and integrative ways possible. This
study provided a group of chronic brain injury survivors the
opportunity to share their insights and experience of residential
transition and to suggest strategies to help maximize the transition
experience and outcomes...Informa Healthcare: Brain Injury,
Taylor & Francis.
For more information on this article please click
Journal - Lorenz, Laura S. Co-author with
Kolb, B. (2009).
Involving the public through participatory visual research methods.
12(3), pp. 262-274. Read more
on this paper by clicking
Journal - Lorenz, Laura S.
a new identity after brain injury,
Sociology of Health and Illness, 32(6), pp 862-879, available
as of June 21st 2010 online, and in print in September
Read more on this paper by clicking
Lorenz, Laura S. (2011,
Online February 18th).
Way Into Empathy: A 'Case' of
Photo-elicitation in Illness Research. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 15,
3, May 2011, pp 259-276, Special Number on ‘Another way of knowing: art, disease, and
illness experience.’ Guest Editors,
Alan Radley and
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Lorenz, Laura S. (2010, December).
Visual metaphors of living with brain injury:
Exploring and communicating lived experience with an invisible
injury. Visual Studies, 25(3), pp 210-223, Special Issue on Visual Research Methods and Issues of Voice, Guest Editors Wendy Luttrell and Richard Chalfen.
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