Ongoing Clinical Research Studies at Casa Colina

Rehabilitation Research

Casa Colina has a number of research studies focused on acute rehabilitation specifically looking at ways to prevent falls and re-hospitalizations for patients of all diagnoses and conditions.

Stroke Research

A wide range of disabilities can occur as a result of a stroke including paralysis, cognitive deficits, pain, speech and language difficulties, emotional problems, and overall effects on daily living. As one of the major diagnoses at Casa Colina we have made it a priority of the Research Institute to investigate new interventions for the treatment of disabilities caused by a stroke.

  • Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehab Evaluation (I-CARE) Stroke Initiative

Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Casa Colina has always placed a special emphasis on its Brain Injury Program, offering one of the most comprehensive continuums of care in the country. To contribute to this distinguished program we have undertaken a number of research projects focused on brain injury. Currently our interests range from the biological mechanisms that underlie brain injury to investigating novel treatments for improved functional recovery and quality of life.

  • Patient Navigation for Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Neuroendocrine Dysfunction Following Traumatic Brain Injury and the Effect on Functional Improvement in Acute Rehabilitation

Spinal Cord Injury Research

We have recently started a new study with UCLA and CalTech to investigate a device ("brain chip") which records brain activity related to reaching movements directly from the brain. This device is experimental. The primary goal of this study is to understand the safety of this device which would enable the direct control a computer with brain signals.

Outcomes Research

Medical rehabilitation has placed an increasing emphasis on the need to evaluate outcomes, with the goal of having reliable and valid measures with which treatment effectiveness and efficiency can be assessed. Implementation and analysis of both generic health-related outcomes and disease or condition-specific outcomes in clinical practice have the potential to improve quality, help set clinical guidelines, and impact clinical decisions regarding each individual patient.

  • Clinical Pathway Outcomes Measurement
  • Measuring the Efficacy of Aquatic Therapy for Low Back Pain
  • Effectiveness of an interdisciplinary program for Fibromyalgia
  • The Stay Well & Healthy Project
  • The Effect of Amplification on Speech and Language Abilities in Children with Unilateral Hearing Loss
  • Effect of Grip and Pinch Strength on Handwriting Abilities
  • Health Risk Appraisal among Adults Aging With Traumatic Brain Injury versus Other Acquired Disabilities

For more information on current health outcomes research at Casa Colina, please contact:

Emily R. Rosario, PhD
Director of Casa Colina Research Institute
909.596.7733 ext.3036