36th Annual Professional Seminar
Thursday, May 17, 2018
iPlay America Event Center
110 Schanck Road
Freehold, NJ



The overall objective of this seminar is to provide an educational opportunity to professionals working with individuals affected by brain injury through workshops related to research, clinical innovations and strategies, rehabilitation, and advocacy.

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Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey
825 Georges Road, 2nd Floor
North Brunswick, NJ 08902


2018 Keynote Address

Chris Nowinski, PhD, Co-Founder and CEO of the Councussion Legacy Foundation

Born September 24, 1978 in Arlington Heights, Illinois, Chris attended Harvard, where he was a three-year letterman for the football team. He graduated from Harvard cum laude with a degree in sociology in 2000. Chris was a contestant and finalist on the MTV reality show, Tough Enough, and on June 10, 2002, he made his wrestling debut on WWE’s Monday Night RAW. In 2003, his career ended due to symptoms he continued to experience from past concussions.

Following his wrestling career, Chris wrote Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis, which examined the long-term effects of head trauma among athletes. In the book, Chris draws on his own post-concussion experiences, having suffered at least six concussions from his wrestling and football days. He has also written several articles for sports and medical journals. Today, Chris is the Founding Executive Director of the Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF), a non-profit organization dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis through education, advocacy, and research. He serves as a co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine (BU CSTE). Chris also serves on the Ivy League Multi-Sports Concussion Committee, the National Football League Players Association Mackey/White TBI Research Committee and on the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association of America. He was named an Eisenhower Fellow in 2011, and has a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from BU School of Medicine.

2018 Workshops

Concussion and CTE: Fact, Fiction and the Future of Sports

Agitation: Current Concepts

Students with Brain Injury

Research Panel

Aging with Brain Injury

Pediatric Concussions and Neuropsychology

Return to Work

Domestic Violence

Concussion Legislation


Concussion: Topics in Research

Voice Activated Technology

Trauma Informed Care

Event Sponsors:


Luncheon Sponsor

HealthSouth Rehabilitation

Breakfast Sponsor

Kessler Foundation

Breakfast Sponsor

Advocare Pediatric Concussion Center

Afternoon Break Sponsor

2017 Annual Seminar for Professionals Presentations

Keynote Address: Health and Neurodegeneration: A Continuum of Aging
Presented by Kristen Dams-O’Connor, PhD

Home and Community Based Treatments
Presented by Ann Marie McLaughlin, PhD and Steven Holefelder, OTR/L

Behaviors: Challenging for the Patient, Challenging for the Team
Presented by Jay Gordon, PhD and Kristen Schreier MA CCC-SLP, CBIST

Autonomic Dysfunction After Traumatic Brain Injury
Presented by Brian Greenwald, MD

Smartphone-Based Research for Individuals with Brain Injury
Presented by Stephen Hampton, MD

Brain Injury in the Corrections System: Implications of Misdiagnosis or Underdiagnosis
Presented by Drew Nagele, PsyD, CBIST

Relationships and Sexuality after Brain Injury
Presented by Ann Marie McLaughlin, PhD

Traumatic Brain Injury: Re-integrating Vision, Hearing, Speech and Balance
Presented by S. Moshe Roth, OD, FCOVD

Substance Abuse After Brain Injury: A Toxic Mix
Presented by Scott Peters, MS, OTR/L

The Process for Becoming Eligible for Medicaid
Presented by Tom Grady, MPA, DTM

Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS)
Presented by Horizon NJ Health

Maximizing Communication: Strategies, Techniques and Technology
Presented by Pamela Tamulevicius, MSR, CCC-SLP

Traumatic Brain Injury Patients and Deep Vein Thrombosis
Presented by David Glazer, MD

Length of Stay and Functional Outcomes in the ABI Population- 10 Year Retrospective Study
Presented by Kristina Lagzdnis, PT, DPT, CSRS, CBIS

Working Around the System: The Experience of Professionals Working in Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Presented by Gillian Murray, DSW, LSW, CBIS

Awards and Recognition

Each year the Alliance recognizes outstanding individuals for their dedication to our mission through their professional contributions, personal achievements, strength of character, and relentless work to support our constituency.

Click here to view past award recipients.


Thank you to our Corporate Circle Partners, without whom events like these would not be possible.