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Brain Injury Survivors: Narratives of Rehabilitation and Healing (Disability in Society) Hardcover – March 31, 2010

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ISBN-13: 978-1588267283 ISBN-10: 1588267288 Edition: 1st

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Incredibly important.... a must-read for people who care about brain injury. Lorenz provides a genuinely fresh way of allowing survivors to provide their own perspectives on an unexpected life-changing experience. This innovative and touching book will change the way that we think about - and respond to - the experience of brain injury survivors. --Mark Sherry, University of Toledo

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Laura S. Lorenz, PhD, is a researcher and educator with international experience communicating health research results and policy impacts for global audiences. She holds a joint appointment at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University: as senior research associate in the Institute for Behavioral Health and program manager for Executive Education, a continuing education program that provides leadership training in health policy and management for rising clinical leaders: surgeons, physicians, and nurses.
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Product Details

  • Series: Disability in Society
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers; 1 edition (March 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588267288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588267283
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,921,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laura S. Lorenz, PhD, MA, MEd. Laura is a researcher and educator with international experience communicating research, program, and policy impacts for global audiences. Laura has a broad work and research background in lived experience with chronic conditions, community-based participatory research, visual and narrative methods of research, military health, health policy advocacy, health communications, disability policy, and translation of research findings to community interventions and continuing education. Recent assignments include serving as a member of teams a) investigating the health and function impacts of intensive exercise for adults with chronic severe brain injury, b) investigating payment incentives on patient adherence to medical treatment, c) studying the health of combat veterans, d) studying harm reduction for problematic drug and alcohol use, and e) investigating lived experience with transitions from skilled nursing facilities to community living for individuals with long term brain injury. She is Visiting Scholar in the Institute for Behavioral Health, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University.

Since 2004, Laura has been using innovative visual and narrative methods to include patient perspectives with health and healthcare in policy-making. She became interested in brain injury because her brother, who was a youth hockey player in the 1960s and 70s, had multiple concussions and suffered cognitive and mental health challenges--perhaps as a result. She is Research & Education Director for Supportive Living Inc's Brain Injury Wellness Center for Rehabilitation and Research in Lexington, MA where she works with a group of inter-disciplinary colleagues to plan and implement research to support the social, cognitive, and physical rehabilitation of individuals living with long term brain injury.

Prior to getting her PhD at Brandeis, Laura worked 20 years in international development as a photo-journalist, writer, and editor for UNICEF, World Food Programme, CARE, the US Information Agency (USIA), US Agency for International Development (USAID), and Management Sciences for Health. She lived 14 years in Africa, Asia, and Latin America; her assignments often involved encouraging community partnerships, project replication, and behavior change--for example, to improve girls' access to education and prevent transmission of HIV. Since 2001 she has used participatory visual research methods (including "photovoice") in the US and South Africa to engage patients, youth, and communities in picturing local problems and strengths and motivating action for change. She has published in peer review journals in the fields of sociology, health, visual studies, and medicine.

Laura has presented and published on identity after brain injury, the patient-provider relationship, issues of voice and representation in health policy research, the use of visual research methods to involve communities in health, and visual and narrative methods of research and analysis. She teaches social policy and regularly leads trainings and continuing education workshops. Her book Brain Injury Survivors: Narratives of Rehabilitation and Healing was published in 2010 by Lynne Rienner Publishers under their series Disability in Society. She has peer review publications in sociology, health, visual studies, and medicine. Laura received her PhD in social policy from Brandeis University (2008) and a Master of Education (Instructional Design/Adult Education) from the University of Massachusetts Boston (2001). She holds a BA in English Literature from Bowdoin College (1976), and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) from the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists ACBIS (2010)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tasha Halpert on May 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Lorenz's book, Brain Injury Survivors, Narratives of Rehabilitation and Healing, lights a candle of hope for those who have suffered acquired brain injury--by definition any injury to the brain that occurs after birth and results in functional impairment. Her careful delineation of the effects of this hidden yet pervasive and insidious disability is compelling as well as educational. Her illuminating interviews together with her poignant stories of how survivors are coping illustrate the potential for healing available to those who suffer from this debilitating condition.

Using Photo Voice, a technique Dr. Lorenz has both taught and for which she developed a facilitator's manual, she worked with a number of brain injury survivors. Three of these are presented here in depth. Dr. Lorenz's compassionate portraits of these individuals help the reader really understand what they have and continue to endure. Her clear and concise descriptions evoke poignant images that remain with the reader.

Illustrated with diagrams and photographs that carry out the theme of the text, Brain Injury Survivors contains a comprehensive index, extensive bibliography and copious notes that flesh out the text and make it possible for the reader to continue with further research. The comprehensive glossary can help those who might be unfamiliar with some of the terms used as well as add to their understanding of these terms.

Written in language that is easy to understand, with helpful examples and illustrations, the narratives of Brain Injury Survivors show a clear path toward a potential for healing. This is especially important for those who believe there is nothing that can be done to improve or alleviate this condition. This excellent resource will appeal to and prove useful to both professionals and non-professionals alike.
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“Incredibly important…. a must-read for people who care about brain injury. Lorenz provides a genuinely fresh way of allowing survivors to provide their own perspectives on life-change experience. This innovative and touching book will change the way we think about—and respond to—the experience of brain injury survivors.” – Prof. Mark Sherry, University of Toledo

"A well-conceived and beautifully written treatise. The book is clear and concise while still offering inspirational material that is obviously close to the author’s heart." – Cheryl E. Daugherty, Issues in Mental Health Nursing

"Offers a sensitive, innovative, and client-centered approach to working with individuals suffering from TBI..." – C. Alexander Simpkins, Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter
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