CABI Lab News

Kayla Bruns, an undergraduate Speech & Hearing Science/Spanish double major was awarded a 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) from the Chronic Brain Injury Initiative at OSU. Kayla’s SURF award paid her to work with Dr. Lundine on one of our CABI Lab research projects: Engaging Key Stakeholders to Improve Rehabilitation Care for Ohio Children with TBI. Kayla assisted with transcribing and coding caregiver interviews — and in October, she presented some of our preliminary findings alongside Dr. Lundine for a virtual Neuro-Trauma Research in Progress Seminar presented by the Center for Brain & Spinal Cord Repair and Chronic Brain Injury Program at OSU. We are grateful for Kayla’s dedication to the CABI Lab and to the CBI for the funding support. Kayla did a fabulous job presenting to our colleagues!
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While we missed our annual end-of-year celebration due to the COVID-19 restrictions – I am continually grateful for the wonderful students who dedicate their time, energy, and smarts to the CABI Lab. There are several students who continue to work on lab projects from home, which allows us to continue to move our work forward despite these crazy new circumstances.
I am especially saddened to not be able to celebrate our graduating students — moving off to bigger and newer things. Some of these students have been with the CABI Lab since it’s inception in 2017. All of these students will be missed — and we send them off knowing they will do AMAZING things. CONGRATULATIONS to our newest OSU graduates: Megan Jewell, Hailey Bell, Caitlin Conwell, Tori Lorenz, Gracie Parsley, Ava Raynor, Kimberly Apuzzo, Hannah Portmann, and Lauren Jeunnette!! A special thank you and congratulations to Elise Brubaker who played a huge leadership role in the lab last summer and this academic year. Meghan Beegle is a post-baccalaureate student who will be moving onto grad school in the fall as well. Lastly, CONGRATULATIONS to Sophia Nichols, Audrey Hall, Collin McGarrett, and Kelly DiLullo who will be receiving their master’s degrees and beginning their CF’s. We know you will all do great things!
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Sophia Nichols, a 2nd year M.A. SLP student, presented a talk titled “The SLP’s Role in Mental Health” to an interdisciplinary group of speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and recreation therapists at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) on March 5, 2020. This talk shared results from a national survey of SLPs regarding their perspective on mental health diagnoses and their relation to our field. This was shared with NCH as they prepare to open the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion – the largest standalone facility dedicated to assessment, treatment, and research of pediatric mental and behavioral health. We are proud of your work on this important project, Sophie!
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Elise Brubaker showcased her poster, “Foundational Skills for Classroom Language” at the 2020 Denman Undergraduate Research Forum on March 3. We are proud of your work, Elise!

Elise explaining her poster to an attendee.

Elise and Dr. Lundine

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So proud of CABI Lab undergraduate research assistant, Elise Brubaker, who was awarded second place at the 2020 Center for Cognitive & Brain Sciences COGFEST undergraduate poster session in February! She did an amazing job showcasing the work of the CABI Lab!
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November 2019: The CABI Lab participated in a service activity collecting women’s professional clothing for Dress for Success, Columbus — an organization intended to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing professional attire, interview skills, and other tools. Many members of the lab got together to sort, organize, & pack the donations — and we shared some pizza and snacks as an end-of-semester celebration. Special thanks to Sophia Nichols for organizing this great activity — and thanks to all who donated and/or collected donations!
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November 2019: Dr. Lundine attended the annual American College of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Conference in Chicago, where she presented three talks focusing on pediatric acquired brain injury with colleagues from around the U.S.

Dr. Knollman Porter (Miami Univ), Dr. Lundine, Dr. O’Brien (Univ of Georgia), Tracey Wallace (Shepard Center), Dr. Brown (Univ of Arizona), & Dr. Ciccia (Case Western Reserve University)

Dr. Lundine, Dr. Ciccia, and Dr. Julie Haarbauer-Krupa (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)

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September 2019: The CABI Lab is thrilled to share that Dr. Angela Ciccia (Case Western Reserve University Dept of Psychological Sciences) with Dr. Jennifer Lundine (The Ohio State University Dept of Speech & Hearing Science) were awarded a 4-year, $2.2 million grant from the CDC. Their study, School Transition after Traumatic Brain Injury (STATBI): Evaluating the Impact of Participation in a Formal Return-to-School Program for K-12 Students, will compare academic, social, and health outcomes of children with TBI who participate in BrainSTEPS, a formal return-to-school program in PA, and children who receive variable transition services in OH.
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July 2019: The CABI Lab is excited to share that Dr. Lundine was awarded a 2019-2020 Ohio Division of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) EMFTS Board Research Grant! The project, “Engaging Key Stakeholders to Improve Rehabilitation Care for Ohio Children with TBI,” includes co-investigators at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Dr. Christine Koterba) and Case Western Reserve University (Dr. Angela Ciccia). The goal of this study is to engage key stakeholders via semi-structured interviews and focus groups to identify specific strategies that would improve the current continuum of care and better meet the long-term needs of Ohio children with pTBI. Stay tuned for more information!
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In April 2019, the CABI Lab celebrated an end to its second year. Though we were having too much fun to take a picture, we enjoyed food and good company, and celebrated all the hard work that went into making Year 2 a success!  We appreciate the dedication of all of our research assistants and volunteers and look forward to working with many of them next year. The work we do could not move forward without this entire team.
CONGRATULATIONS to our newest OSU graduates: Brandy Shook, Kiera Gran, Allie Baldwin, Rachel Ward, Morgan Fisher, and Hannah Johnson!! and CONGRATULATIONS to Maleah Ferriman, Aine Mooney, and Mariae Norwood who will be receiving their master’s degrees and beginning their CFY’s. We know you will all do great things!
Lastly,  the CABI Lab would not be functioning at the level it is without the dedicated work of Maleah & Aine. These two amazing master’s students were instrumental in getting things running and keeping things on track. We are so grateful for their time, attention-to-detail, and patience. They are amazing individuals and will be amazing SLPs.
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The CABI Lab is proud to share some news regarding two of its members!
Aine Mooney, one of the CABI Lab’s amazing graduate research assistants, just received some well-deserved recognition at the recent Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (OSLHA) annual conference. Aine received the OSLHA Outstanding Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Student Award and was also one of the recipients of the OSLHA Graduate Student Scholarships! We are proud of you Aine, and so happy you received recognition for the great work you do!
Elise Brubaker, an undergraduate volunteer in the CABI Lab, was just awarded an Undergraduate Researcher Apprentice Program fellowship from the OSU Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry. This fellowship will support Elise to work in the CABI Lab this summer, helping to recruit and run adolescent participants in a project focusing on expository discourse abilities of middle and high school students. We are so excited to have Elise helping to lead our work this summer!

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Dr. Lundine presented a poster at the Ohio Brain Injury Association’s TBI Summit in March 2019. Collaborators and colleagues from the OSU Chronic Brain Injury Initiative shared the great research they’re doing related to brain injury in kids and adults. A small, but mighty, number of researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital were on hand to share important TBI-research related to kids. (Back row: Jingzhen (Ginger) Yang, PhD, MPH; Dr. Lundine; Kristen Hoskinson, PhD; Christine Koterba, PhD; Aryanne de Silva, PhD; Kerry Orton, MPH; Lindsay Sullivan, PhD. Front row: Jillian O’Neill, PhD; Gabrielle Moots, BA; Alison Newton, MPH)
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The CABI Lab got together to celebrate the end of a successful and productive fall semester. We snacked, caught up, and made snack-packs for the Ronald McDonald House at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Glad to celebrate all of the hard work accomplished this semester with those who could sneak away from studying! (Dec 2018)
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In April 2018, the CABI Lab celebrated an end to its first year. Though we missed the few who were unable to join us, we took a break from studying for finals and celebrated all of the hard work that went into this year. We appreciate the dedication of all of our research assistants and volunteers and look forward to working with many of them next year. The work we do could not move forward without this entire team. CONGRATULATIONS to our newest OSU graduates: Bailey Diaz, Erika Baldwin, Allison Gonzalez, Laura Martin, and Olivia Crawford!! and CONGRATULATIONS to Mackenzie Utz and Heath Barron who will be receiving their master’s degrees and beginning their CFY’s. We know you will all do great things!
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In October 2017, Dr. Lundine attended the American College of Rehabilitation Medicine conference in Atlanta, Georgia. She presented a research poster (Stakeholder perceptions of rehabilitation following pediatric traumatic brain injury: Preliminary findings) with her collaborator, Dr. Angela Ciccia from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Dr. Lundine also presented in a platform presentation with several other researchers focusing on “Hot topics in rehabilitation of young children ages 0 – 5.”