Specializing solely in post-acute brain injury since 1982

The Robert L. Moody Prize 2007 Recipient

corrigan.jpgThe winner of the 2007 Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation is Dr. John D. Corrigan, PhD.

John D. Corrigan, PhD, is the founder and Director of the Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation, which serves as an umbrella for research and program development related to traumatic brain injury in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The Center has attracted almost $15 million in grants since its creation in 1992. Most notably, the Center developed the Ohio Regional Traumatic Brain Injury Model System, one of 16 centers funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to conduct longitudinal research on outcomes from traumatic brain injury. Dr. Corrigan has served as the Principal Investigator of this grant throughout its 10 years of funding. Prior to his selection for the 2007 Robert L. Moody Prize, John has received local and national awards for his service and research in the field, including the Brain Injury Association of America’s William Fields Caveness Award. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and was elected to the inaugural “class” of Fellows in the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). The American Psychological Association Division of Rehabilitation Psychology has honored him with its Leonard Diller Lecture, 1999 Distinguished Service Award and Roger Barker Distinguished Research Career Award. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Rehabilitation Psychology (Division 22) and Counseling Psychology (Division 17). Dr. Corrigan is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in Rehabilitation Psychology.
Dr. Corrigan has made important contributions to the field of brain injury rehabilitation in three areas: (1) the prevalence and treatment of substance abuse as a co-occurring complication; (2) the measurement and management of agitation occurring during the acute phase of recovery; and (3) measurement of outcomes from rehabilitation. 
Substance abuse and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Corrigan’s 1995 literature review “Substance abuse as a mediating factor in outcome from traumatic brain injury was a seminal paper pointing to the prevalence and effects of substance use disorders among adolescents and adults receiving rehabilitation for traumatic brain injury. Dr. Corrigan has been instrumental in bringing attention to the prevalence and effects of substance abuse among persons with traumatic brain injury. He has conducted quasi-experimental and randomized clinical trials on treatment interventions for substance abuse in this population. He has provided training and consultation internationally on the nature, extent, and treatment of this condition. He is currently developing diagnostic and treatment techniques for early intervention in acute hospital and rehabilitation settings, and collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a standardized method of identifying traumatic brain injury in at-risk populations. 
Agitation in the acute phase of recovery. Dr. Corrigan developed the Agitated Behavior Scale (ABS) to provide objective clinical and research data on agitation in persons with traumatic brain injury emerging from coma. The ABS is utilized widely in brain injury rehabilitation, and has been adopted in research on agitation among persons with dementia as well as those experiencing psychiatric crises. Research conducted with colleagues at Ohio State showing that improvement in cognition preceded improvement in agitation lead to changes in the use of medications with sedating side. This group also was able to identify the source of previous findings that agitation had a negative prognosis for long-term behavioral outcomes.
Measurement of rehabilitation outcomes. A third area of research contribution has addressed outcome measures used in rehabilitation. He has contributed to the development and/or validation of the Functional Independence Measure (FIM), Community Integration Questionnaire (CIQ), and Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS). He has proposed a theoretical framework for conceptualizing rehabilitation outcomes that was used in the development of a new approach to measurement of the World Health Organization’s concept of “participation”. Dr. Corrigan has also lead research addressing the generalizability of the TBI Model Systems National Dataset.
Service to Professional Societies and Science 
Dr. Corrigan has been active in local, state and national professional organizations. He served as President of the Ohio Psychological Association from 1988-1989 and the American Psychological Association’s Division of Rehabilitation Psychology from 2001-2002. 
He has served on two study committees for the Institute of Medicine in the National Academy of Science: Committee on Traumatic Brain Injury, 2005-2006; Committee on Gulf War and Health: Brain Injury in Veterans and Long-term Health Outcomes, 2007-2008. 
From 2002-2006 Dr. Corrigan served on the Advisory Committee to the National Center on Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He chaired the Committee’s Science and Program Review Subcommittee, overseeing the Center’s extensive program of extramural research funding. 
Dr. Corrigan serves on editorial boards of leading journals in rehabilitation psychology and brain injury rehabilitation, including Brain Injury and the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.