The SCN EAC Thesis Awardee
Dissertation Award Winner: Martina Azar, Drexel University
Thesis Title: Insight in TBI: What is its role in the relationship between cognition and vocational outcomes?
Mentor/Dissertation Chair: Maria Schultheis, Ph.D.
Brief Bio: I am currently going my third year as a clinical psychology doctoral student specializing in neuropsychology at Drexel University. I am currently interested in how cognitive and executive dysfunction manifests in TBI and dementia. I am also interested in cognitive rehabilitation, metacognition, and cross-cultural differences in perception and experience of neurologic disease.
Project Description: The purpose of this research is to examine insight, cognition, and vocational outcomes in individuals with TBI along a range of severities. Having insight of own abilities and difficulties are important components of performing well in vocational settings. Cognitive functions that are also crucial in successful performance on the job include problem solving, planning, working memory, organization and flexibility. This research aims to examine how these skills and outcomes are affected in TBI to help inform and tailor insight and vocational rehabilitation strategies.