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MU Professor Creates Resource for Helping People with Brain Injuries

Stephanie Reid-Arndt, a Mizzou health psychology researcher, has launched The Brain Injury Guide and Resources website.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.7 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries each year. Stephanie Reid-Arndt, chair and assistant professor of health psychology in the MU School of Health Professions, has launched The Brain Injury Guide and Resources to provide a resource for people to understand traumatic brain injuries.

“Brain injuries aren’t visible like other injuries, and often, people with brain injuries can be misunderstood,” Reid-Arndt said.  “Direct results of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) include cognitive difficulties, changes in behavior or difficulty managing anger that are direct results of the brain injuries. Unfortunately, these symptoms are often misconstrued as willfully uncooperative behavior.”

Developed through a collaboration with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the website is designed specifically for people who, in their professional lives, may come in contact with people who have suffered brain trauma (e.g. police officers, social workers, military professionals). These professionals may not have expertise handling situations that may occur when they encounter someone who has experienced a brain injury. Ultimately, Reid-Arndt believes family members of people with head injuries may be the biggest users of the site.

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