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Justice Involved Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury. Individuals with traumatic brain injury have a higher than typical rate of contact with the criminal justice system. Specific brain regions, such as the frontal lobe, are both extremely vulnerable to injury and also serve as the ‘brakes’ or ‘reasoning’ part of the brain that fosters conformity of our behavior and drives in accordance with the law and social norms. This presentation will address the neurological underpinnings of various types of behavior problems that may lead to criminal justice system involvement, while providing insights as to how the legal system may assess and view these issues. Case examples are provided representing actual cases wherein brain injury was raised as a relevant concern. Speaker's Bio is below. 1.25 General CLE Credit. Those outside of Anchorage who want to participate telephonically, please email email@example.com.
Tina M. Trudel, PhD is President/Chief Operating Officer of Lakeview NeuroCare, Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Centers and Specialty Hospitals, and Lakeview Care Partners, a leading group in brain injury rehabilitation, medically complex care and neurobehavioral treatment across the United States. Dr. Trudel served as the Senior Scientist/Research Coordinator and Site Director of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Charlottesville Rehabilitation Programs (2005-2013), and is the founder and co-principal of Northeast Evaluation Specialists, PLLC of NH and ME. She chaired the Brain Injury Long Term Issues Task Force of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, is a board member of the North American Brain Injury Society, the Brain Injury Association of America (former President of the Business and Professional Council), a founding member of the Blast Injury Institute and board member of the Sara Jane Brain Foundation, as well as a reviewer for the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research TBI Model Systems. She served on the governing board of the American Academy for the Certification of Brain Injury Specialists (AACBIS) and as a postdoctoral supervisor in the Department of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School from 2000-2005. Dr. Trudel is presently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist with extensive behavioral and rehabilitation experience, and has numerous publications and presentations. Dr. Trudel also served on the NH Autism Task Force and co-authored treatment guidelines; was the initial Chair of the NH Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Advisory Council appointed by Governors Shaheen, Benson and Lynch, and received the Brain Injury Association of America's 2008 Founder's Award for her work and advocacy in the field of brain injury rehabilitation.