SDBIF Speaker Series Videos

Brain Injury Speakers Series – San Diego Brain Injury Foundation

The Brain Injury Speakers Series is a two volume video series with 30 minute television programs featuring high-level speakers and brain injury survivors sharing cutting-edge information and real-life examples. It is in a unique interactive format.

If you would like to learn more about the series, please contact us at: 619-294-6541.

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Coping with Brain Injury –
Medical and Scientific Advances

Speaker: Jamshid Ghajar, M.D., Ph. D., Neurosurgeon, New York
Physicians caring for patients with severe brain injury commonly think that initial trauma automatically results in tremendous disability. Dr. Ghajar believes that aggressive intervention to prevent brain swelling and oxygen starvation dramatically improves outcomes.

Coping with Brain Injury –
Legal Evidence and Tactics

Speakers: David Goldin and Michael Harris, Attorneys at Law
The most difficult brain injury cases to prove in court tend to be those cases in which the injuries are characterized as “mild” and the survivor appears normal. This interesting interview centers on making the invisible injury visible so a judge and jury understand the reality and severity of the damages to the client.

Coping with Brain Injury –
Rehabilitiation Trends

Speaker: Jerome Stenehjem, M.D., Medical Director, Sharp Rehabilitation Center
Cognitive and physical impairments resulting in life-long disabilities are frequent companions of brain trauma. However, new technologies offer hope. This interview focuses on effective current rehabilitation technology including assisted movement therapies and computer technologies for cognitive impairment.

Coping with Brain Injury –
Mental Health Strategies

Speaker: Barbara Welsh-Osga, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Brain injury survivors often feel “fuzzy-headed” as if they are in a fog. Sometimes they think they see things clearly but the “mist’ skews perceptions. They are like city smog-dwellers who forget clear skies. This interview explores ways to help survivors develop the compass required to take the painful and joyful journey out of the mist.

Coping with Brain Injury –
Brain Injury and School Success

Speakers: Kathy Olsen, other of Brain Injury Survivor; Wayne Gordon, Ph. D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Bangs to the head are part of everyday childhood and can have a big impact on school success. Many brain injured children are misclassified or simply fall through the cracks. This interview centers on assessment and explores the differences between brain injury and learning disabilities.

Coping with Brain Injuries –
Caregiving Strategies

Speakers: Veronika Glenn, Southern Caregivers Resource Center, San Diego; Robert deRose, Father of a Brain Injury Survivor
It’s certainly not easy to be the caregiver for someone with a serious brain injury. Depression, sense of loss and frustration are likely consequences. This dynamic and informative interview explores strategies to avoid isolation and anger, and points the way toward resources to make the job easier.

Coping with Brain Injuries –
Robots and Rehabilitation

Speakers: Diane Anderson, Stoke Survivor; Neville Hogan, Ph.D., Professor, Brain and Cognitive Science, MIT
There are no silver bullets after brain injury, but new robotic technologies are effective in helping stroke victims regain function in their arms and legs. This cutting edge technology doesn’t just assist by moving limbs; it fosters learning that actually rewires the brain. Robots are emerging as a promising new rehabilitation tool.

Coping with Barin Injury –
Life After Brain Injury

Speakers: Patsy Sholders, Brain Injury Survivor; Bruce Baxley, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Even mild brain injury may have profound consequences, i.e., short-term memory problems and reduced capacity to “keep one’s act together”. A serious brain injury changes everything. It’s like starting a new life as a new person. Changes in personality and behavior after brain injury are explored in this compelling interview.

How Parents Cope When a Child is Brain Injured


Mark McEwen’s Comeback
Mark McEwen was a regular on the morning shows at CBS for 15 years, but last fall he suffered a stroke that nearly took his life. He talks with Harry Smith about his determination to return to work.