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The field of Rehabilitation Science encompasses basic and applied aspects of the health sciences, social science and engineering as they relate to restoring human functional capacity and improving a person's interactions with the surrounding environment.

Established in 2001, the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences at UTMB developed an infrastructure to support research related to rehabilitation, disability, and recovery. Programs include a respected PhD program, career training and development, funding opportunities for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, and infrastructure for large data research and data sharing.

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There are 13 students currently enrolled in the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program. To date, 37 PhD degrees have been conferred and 49 fellows have completed postdoctoral training. Students and Postdoctoral Trainees have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of research activities in Rehabilitation Sciences through our programs.

Dr. Pappadis Publishes New Qualitative Study on TBI Among Immigrants

Oct 29, 2020, 11:15 AM by Rehab Sci

Monique Pappadis, MEd, PhD has published a new article, "Soy diferente: a qualitative study on the perceptions of recovery following traumatic brain injury among Spanish-speaking U.S. immigrants."

The authors concluded, "Spanish-speaking U.S. Hispanic immigrants held a strong faith and positive outlook after TBI in spite of the significant barriers to recovery. A need exists for programs to support creatively the recovery of Spanish-speaking U.S. Hispanic immigrants with limited access to care and resources.

One participant nicely summed up the unique experiences of Spanish-speaking immigrants who sustain a TBI in the United States:

That's life and God knows why. And here we are struggling in this country because the opportunities in this country aren’t available over there [in our country]. It’s never available there… Here we are struggling for life. And we will continue until we are fine. Let's see how it goes, God willing. If God wants to take us, let it be. (P507, male, mild TBI, 6 months post)"
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