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BIAC 2024 Annual Professional Conference

Friday, Mar 15, 2024, 7:15—4:00 pm

Quinnipiac University, School of Medicine, 370 Bassett Rd, North Haven, CT

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We look forward to another year of outstanding, informative, and top-notch professional education on current topics within brain injury practice and research.

Annual Conference 2024 Sessions Will Include:

Keynote Presentation: Healing by Growing and Farming After Brain Injury – One SURVIVOR’S Story
Ivette Ruiz, MHS, HS-BCP, Owner/Founder/Accessibility Consultant/Farmer/Healing By Growing Farms (HBG)

A. Work Hard(er): High Intensity Training after Brain Injury
Jillian Kossbiel, PT, DPT, NCS, Physical Therapist/University of Hartford    Erika Ozdemirer, PT, DPT, NCS, Physical Therapist/University of Hartford

B. Cognitive-Communication Disorders In Veterans With TBI Karen Le, PhD CCC-SLP, Research Speech Pathologist/ VA Connecticut Healthcare System (VACHS)

C. Clinical Pharmacological Regimen for Postconcussive Neurocognitive and Neuropsychiatric Symptoms Arman Fesharaki-Zadeh, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology & Psychiatry Medical Director, Dementia and Behavioral Neurology Yale University School of Medicine Department of Neurology/ Yale University School of Medicine Department of Neurology

D. Person-Centered Assessment of Interfering Behavior: A Discussion & Application of Evidence-Based Tools Nichole Collins, Ph.D., BCBA, LBA, Director of Autism & Developmental Disabilities/The Supported Living Group

E. Neurologic Music Therapy Across the Continuum of Care in NeuroRehabilitation Vanessa Moran, MT-BC, NMT-F, Neurologic Music Therapist/MedRhythms Inc. Isabelle Lu, MT-BC, NMT, Neurologic Music Therapist/MedRhythms, Inc.

F. Using Epidemiological Cohorts to Study the Long-Term Consequences of Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries Raj Kumar, PhD MPH, Assistant Professor/ Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai  /Department of Rehabilitation and Human Performance Core faculty, Brain Injury Research Center

G. Holistic Clinical Approaches to Traumatic Brain Injury Mike Lewis, MD MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM, FACN, Physician/Founder/ Brain Health Education and Research Institute

H. The Phenomenon of Disability Culture Dr. Sarah Raskin PhD, ABPP/ABCN, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.  Please Note: This workshop was originally scheduled to be presented by Dr. Dee P. Genetti, Ph.D., LMHC, CTS. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr. Sarah Raskin will be presenting the workshop on Dr. Genetti’s behalf.

I. An Interdisciplinary Team Approach-Adolescent TBI: A Case Study from Injury to Home Jennifer Shockley, MSPT / Team Lead Christopher White, MS, OTR/L Elizabeth Bouchard, MA, CCC-SLP



Conference Questions? Contact Bonnie Meyers at 860-219-0291 ext 304 or email

Interested in Sponsoring or Exhibiting at the Conference?  

The BIAC Annual Conference is the only event of its kind in Connecticut. With over 200 industry professionals in attendance, it is an excellent way to promote your organization to a highly qualified and targeted audience. All Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors will benefit from excellent visibility and publicity before, during, and after the event. Additionally, your sponsorship helps BIAC continue to fulfill its mission in Connecticut, raising voices and visibility of people with brain injury and improving lives through support, education, and advocacy.

All sponsorships include recognition on BIAC’s website, recognition on the sponsor board and premium exhibitor space (including a 6’ table) at the conference.

To secure your sponsorship, exhibit space, or space in the Program Book submit the registration form to Lori Shield at by 2/28/24. Contact Lori with any questions by email or 860-219-0291 ext. 303.

Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut