An Interview with Michelle Newman BSc MSc MBPsS

We understand some of the frustrations people meet following a brain injury.

While around 80% of individuals initially diagnosed with concussion or mild Traumatic Brain Injury go on to make a good recovery, those remaining people often struggle to get the understanding, help or support they need. 

Changes can be very subtle and difficult to measure or provide evidence of, which, in turn, can create a knock-on effect of problems people can find very problematic to get over. 

These difficulties could be encountered when trying to provide evidence to make an insurance or benefits claim or to get medical support. 

New research is looking to develop neurological testing to provide answers and evidence that is currently missing.

 

More about Michelle Newman BSc MSc MBPsS

 

Michelle Newman is a PhD researcher of Neuropsychology at City, University of London.
 
Her work looks at how we carry out neuropsychological assessments with individuals who have long-term cognitive function difficulties following mild traumatic brain injury or concussion – what may be diagnosed as post-concussive syndrome.
 
Historically, it has been difficult to capture the nuanced and subtle difficulties individuals experience within neuropsychological testing.

However, this subtlety undervalues the impact it can have on an individual’s life and sense of self. Through the development of assessments, we hope to improve access to appropriate support, with the ultimate aim to improve quality of life for those effected by long-term difficulties following their injury. 

More About the Study

If you have experienced a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury at least 3 months ago and are based in the U.K., you could be an important part of this work. Whether you are still experiencing symptoms or have fully recovered, Michelle would love to hear from you. All research is carried out via online video conferencing, so is COVID safe. However, you will need a household or support bubble member to assist with carrying out some of the tasks.

To find out more about the study and to register your interest, you can either follow the link http://bit.ly/mildTBI or email Michelle at michelle.newman.2@city.ac.uk