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Lori Cook, PhD, CCC-SLP

Lori Cook in a blue blouse with green lights, landscape. Director of Clinical Research, BrainHealth Research; Head of Research, The BrainHealth Project; Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Director of Clinical Research Head of Research, The BrainHealth Project Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Dr. Lori Cook, in her roles as both a clinician and research scientist, has focused largely on the long-term recovery of youth after brain injury, including supporting athletes with persistent effects of concussion. Bringing a curiosity for the developing brain as well as two decades of child and adolescent-centered research experience, Dr. Cook is passionate about translating cutting-edge research discoveries into practical tools to educate, empower, and equip students of all ages and levels to reach their highest brain potential.

Key Research and Publications

The focus of Dr. Cook’s work has been on understanding the rehabilitative effects of long-term follow-up care for children with acquired brain injuries, with the goal of developing a successful format for identifying, monitoring, and maximizing the potential of children with brain injuries in order to help them be successful in their home, school, and community environments. Specific research involvement includes investigating the development and long-term recovery of higher-level language skills as well as executive function abilities (e.g., self-regulation, planning, problem-solving). With her cognitive-communication clinical training, Dr. Cook has played a key role in the development of new assessment and intervention tools for use with various youth and adult populations, with more recent work examining the benefit and application of cognitive training protocols to promote higher-order cognitive skills, particularly in adolescents.

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Promises and Perils of Technology Use in the Developing Brain

Technology and media use is a ubiquitous part of the daily lives of our children and is only increasing. By most estimates, many of our adolescents are spending half of their waking time on media and technology. Understandably, there is much concern and much hope around the impact that this could have on our brains, particularly those that are still developing.

Jarrod Snell's High School Football Concussion Story

Jarrod Snell suffered four concussions in one high school football game. During his recovery, he missed a year and a half of school and rarely left the house. His mother struggled to find solutions. Jarrod joined a Center for BrainHealth concussion research study, and after participating in specialized brain training, his grades improved and so did social aspects of his life.

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