with mTBI and Post-Concussive Headaches
It is well known that military personnel are returning from recent conflicts with notable rates of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and associated persistent post-concussive symptoms (PCS), including headaches and emotional distress. Such symptoms can negatively impact the performance of those on Active Duty, throughout deployment, in and post-combat, as well as following discharge (Veterans). Because of these far-reaching effects, mTBI and associated comorbidities pose a significant challenge and burden to Service Members/Veterans, their families, the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and local, regional and national resources including, health care, educational, and vocational systems.
Optimally, an intervention for those with chronic post-concussive headaches (PCH) would show efficacy at reversing post-mTBI adversity, and be able to be utilized with minimal stigma. In addition, the intervention should be highly accessible, low cost, be able to be self-sustaining (e.g., portable) and with minimal side effects.
One potential intervention is yoga, a practice involving physical postures, breath awareness and exercises, and mindfulness meditation.
As such, the goal of this study is to learn more about a yoga-based treatment for Veterans with mTBI and Post-Concussive Headaches.
Dr. Bahraini is an Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Anschutz School of Medicine and the Director of Research at the Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) for Suicide Prevention. Her research is focused on designing and evaluating system-level strategies to improve implementation of evidence-based practices in TBI rehabilitation and suicide prevention and understanding the impact of social determinants of health on mental health outcomes and suicide risk. Dr. Bahraini also serves as the Electronic Editor for the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation and an Associate Editor for Psychological Services.
Examples of grant funded projects include: Examining the Effectiveness of an Adaptive Implementation Intervention to Improve Uptake of the VA Suicide Risk Identification Strategy (VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative); Restoring Efficient Sleep after TBI (CU-REST; Mindsource Brain Injury Network); Developing a Shared Decision-Making Support Tool to Promote Evidence-based Treatment for Veterans with Post-concussive Sleep Conditions (VA Rehabilitation Research & Development).
Suicide prevention, traumatic brain injury and co-morbid psychiatric disorders, novel interventions for mental health.
Year of Licensure: 2010