Tessa Hart, PhD

Institute Scientist
Director, Traumatic Brain Injury Clinical Research Laboratory
Research Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Jefferson Medical College
Adjunct Professional Staff, Albert Einstein Healthcare Network
Tessa Hart, PhD
Bio

Dr. Hart received a PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Houston, where she specialized early in rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

She spent more than 15 years treating and developing programs for people with acquired brain injury and their families in inpatient, outpatient, and residential settings before joining the MRRI faculty as a full-time researcher in 1999.

She is Principal Investigator of the Moss Traumatic Brain Injury Model System funded by the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, and has also received funding from the NIH, The Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Einstein Society.

She is a Fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation (ACRM) and the American Psychological Association (APA), and has served on the ACRM Board of Governors. She is also a past-President of APA’s Division of Rehabilitation Psychology.

Dr. Hart has been an invited member of numerous expert panels on TBI and review panels for TBI research, and has served on the Editorial Board of six prominent journals. Her work has been recognized by the Pioneer Award from The Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, the Cohen Award from the Einstein Healthcare Network, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group of the ACRM, the Solomon Award from the Rusk/ NYU Medical Center, the Diller Award from APA Division 22, and the Norington Medal from the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.

 

Research Interests
  • Long-term psychosocial and emotional outcomes of TBI
  • Executive dysfunction
  • Development and evaluation of treatments based on self-regulation and self-management training
  • Specification of the ‘active ingredients’ of rehabilitation, including applications of learning theories to rehabilitation
  • Assistive technology for cognition
  • Clinical trials methodology
Publications
2015

Juengst SB, Adams LM, Bogner JA, Arenth PM, O’Neil-Pirozzi TM, Dreer LE, Hart T, Bergquist TF, Bombardier CH, Dijkers MP, Wagner AK. Trajectories of life satisfaction after traumatic brain injury: Life roles, age, and depressive symptoms. Rehabilitation Psychology, in press.

Cuthbert JP, Pretz CR, Bushnik T, Fraser RT, Hart T, Kolakowsky-Hayner SA, Malec JF, O’Neil-Pirozzi TM, Sherer M. Ten year employment patterns of working age individuals after moderate to severe traumatic brain injury: A NIDRR Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, in press. PMID: 26278493

Hart T, Ehde D. Defining the treatment targets and active ingredients of rehabilitation: Implications for rehabilitation psychology. Rehabilitation Psychology, 60:126-135,2015. PMID:26120738

Bell KR, Brockway JA, Fann JR, Cole WR, St. De Lore J, Bush N, Lang AJ, Hart T, Warren M, Dikmen S, Temkin N, Jain S, Raman R, Stein MB. Concussion treatment after combat trauma: Development of a telephone based, problem solving intervention for Service Members. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 40:54-62, 2015. PMID:25460344

Hart T, Brockway JA, Fann JR, Maiuro RD, Vaccaro MS. Anger self-management in chronic traumatic brain injury: Protocol for a psycho-educational treatment with a structurally equivalent control and an evaluation of treatment enactment. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 40:180-192, 2015. PMID:25530306

2014

Cantor J, Ashman T, Bushnik T, Cai X, Farrell-Carnahan L, Gumber S, Hart T, Rosenthal J, Dijkers M. Systematic review of interventions for fatigue after traumatic brain injury: A NIDRR Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems study. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 29:490-497, 2014. PMID:25370441

Kim J, Parker D, Whyte J, Hart T, Pluta J, Ingalhalikar M, Coslett HB, Verma R. Disrupted structural connectome is associated with neuropsychological and real-world behavioral impairment in diffuse traumatic brain injury. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20:887-896, 2014. PMID:25287217.

Hart T, Kozlowski A, Whyte J, Poulsen I, Kristensen K, Nordenbo A, Heinemann AW. Functional recovery after severe traumatic brain injury: An Individual Growth Curve approach. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 95:2103-2110, 2014. PMID:25010537

Krellman JW, Kolakowsky-Hayner SA, Spielman L, Hammond FM, Bogner J, Hart T, Cantor JB, Tsaousides T. Predictors of follow-up completeness in longitudinal research on traumatic brain injury: Findings from the NIDRR TBI Model Systems Program. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 95:633-641, 2014. PMID:24211496

Hart T, Benn EKT, Bagiella E, Arenth P, Dikmen S, Hesdorffer DC, Novack TA, Ricker JH, Zafonte R. Early trajectory of psychiatric symptoms after traumatic brain injury: Relationship to patient and injury characteristics. Journal of Neurotrauma, 31(7): 610-617, 2014. PMID:24237113

Hart T, Ferraro M, Myers R, Ellis CA. Opening the Black Box: Lessons learned from an interdisciplinary inquiry into the learning-based contents of brain injury rehabilitation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 95 (1 Suppl 1):S66-73, 2014. PMID:24370327

Whyte J, Dijkers M, Hart T, Zanca J, Packel A, Ferraro M, Tsaousides T. Development of a theory-driven rehabilitation treatment taxonomy: Conceptual issues. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 95 (1 Suppl 1):S24-32, 2014. PMID:24370322

Hart T, Tsaousides T, Zanca J, Whyte J, Packel A, Ferraro M, Dijkers M. Toward a theory-driven classification of rehabilitation treatments. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 95 (1 Suppl 1):S33-44, 2014. PMID:24370323

Dijkers M, Hart T, Whyte J, Zanca J, Packel A, Tsaousides T. Rehabilitation treatment taxonomy: Implications and continuations. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 95 (1 Suppl 1):S45-54, 2014. PMID:24370324

Dijkers M, Hart T, Tsauosides T, Whyte J, Zanca J. An interventions taxonomy for medical rehabilitation: Past, present and prospects. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 95 (1 Suppl 1):S6-16, 2014. PMID:24370326

2013

Corrigan JD, Bogner J, Mellick D, Bushnik T, Dams-O’Connor K, Hammond FM, Hart T, Kolakowsky-Hayner S. Prior history of TBI among persons in the TBI Model Systems National Database. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 94:1940-50, 2013. PMID:23770276

Hart T, Brockway JA, Whyte J, Bell KR, Neuberger S, Chervonena I. Analyzing the ingredients of a telephone counseling intervention for traumatic brain injury. Disability and Rehabilitation, 35:1668-1675, 2013. PMID: 23336123

Lequerica AH, Chiaravalloti ND, Sander AM, Pappadis MR, Arango-Lasprilla JC, Hart T, Baños JH, Marquez De La Plata CD, Hammond FM, Sherman TE. The Community Integration Questionnaire: Factor structure across racial/ethnic groups in persons with traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 28:E14-22, 2013. PMID: 23249771

2012

Zafonte RD, Bagiella E, Ansel BM, Novack TA, Friedewald WT, Hesdorffer DC, Timmons SD, Jallo J, Eisenberg H, Hart T, Ricker JH, Diaz-Arrastia R, Merchant RE, Temkin NR, Melton S, Dikmen SS. Effect of citicoline on functional and cognitive status among patients with traumatic brain injury: Citicoline Brain Injury Treatment Trial (COBRIT). Journal of the American Medical Association, 308:1993-200, 2012. PMID: 23168823

Hart T, Hoffman JM, Pretz C, Kennedy R, Clark AN, Brenner LA. A longitudinal study of major and minor depression following traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93:1343-9, 2012. PMID: 22840833

Hart T, Bagiella E. Design and implementation of clinical trials in rehabilitation research. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93 (8 Suppl. 2):S117-26, 2012. PMID: 22840878

Hart T, Vaccaro M, Hays C, Maiuro R. Anger self-management training for people with traumatic brain injury: A preliminary investigation. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 27:113-122, 2012. PMID: 21407088

Stiers W, Carlozzi N, Cernich A, Velozo C, Pape T, Hart T, Gulliver S, Rogers M, Villarreal E, Gordon S, Gordon W, Whiteneck W. Measurement of social participation outcomes in the rehabilitation of veterans with traumatic brain injury. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 49:139-154, 2012. PMID: 22492344

2011

Bell KR, Brockway JA, Hart T, Whyte J, Sherer M, Fraser RT, Temkin NR, Dikmen SS. Scheduled telephone intervention for traumatic brain injury: A multi-center randomized controlled trial. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92:1552-1560, 2011. PMID: 21963122

Hart T, Brenner L, Clark AN, Bogner JA, Novack TA, Chervoneva I, Nakase-Richardson R, Arango-Lasprilla JC. Major and minor depression following traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92:1211-1219, 2011. PMID: 21807140

Whiteneck GG, Dijkers MP, Heinemann AW, Bogner JA, Bushnik T, Cicerone KD, Corrigan JD, Hart T, Malec JF, Millis SR. Development of the Participation Assessment with Recombined Tools-Objective for use after traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92:542-551, 2011. PMID: 21367393

Nakase-Richardson R, Sherer M. Seel R, Hart T, Hanks R, Arango-Lasprilla J, Yablon SA, Sander A, Barnett SD, Walker W, Hammond F. Utility of post-traumatic amnesia in predicting 1-year productivity following traumatic brain injury: Comparison of the Russell and Mississippi PTA classification intervals. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 82:494-499, 2011. PMID: 21242285

2010

Wilde EA, Whiteneck GG, Bogner J, Bushnik T, Cifu DX, Dikmen S, French L, Giacino JT, Hart T, Malec JF, Millis SR, Novack TA, Sherer M, Tulsky DS, Vanderploeg RD, von Steinbuechel N. Recommendations for the use of common outcome measures in traumatic brain injury research. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 91:1650-1660 (with 17 supplemental e-pages available), 2010. PMID: 21044708

Bagiella E, Novack T, Ansel B, Diaz-Arrastia R, Dikmen S, Hart T, Temkin N. Measuring outcome in traumatic brain injury treatment trials: Recommendations from the TBI Clinical Trials Network. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 25:375-382, 2010. PMID: 20216459

Hart T, Sherer M, Temkin N, Whyte J, Dikmen S, Heinemann AW, Bell K. Participant-proxy agreement on objective and subjective aspects of societal participation following traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 25:339-348, 2010. PMID: 20042981

Hart T, Dijkers M, Whyte J, Braden C, Trott C, Fraser R. Vocational interventions and supports following job placement for persons with traumatic brain injury. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 32:135-150, 2010.

Brown A, Malec J, Mandrekar J, Diehl N, Dikmen S, Sherer M, Hart T, Novack T. Predictive utility of weekly post-traumatic amnesia assessments after brain injury: A multicenter analysis. Brain Injury, 24:472-478, 2010. PMID: 20184404

Penna S, Novack T, Carlson N, Grote M, Corrigan J, Hart T. Residence following traumatic brain injury: A longitudinal study. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 25:52-60, 2010. PMID: 20051896

2009

Fann J, Hart T, Schomer K. Treatment for depression following traumatic brain injury: A systematic review of the evidence. Journal of Neurotrauma, 26:2383-2402, 2009. PMID: 19698070

Hart T. Treatment definition in complex rehabilitation interventions. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 19:824-840, 2009. PMID: 19544183

Hart T, Whyte J, Ellis C, Chervoneva I. Construct validity of an attention rating scale for traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychology, 23:729-735, 2009. PMID: 19899831

Kreutzer JS, Rapport LJ, Marwitz JH, Harrison-Felix C, Hart T, Glenn M, Hammond F. Caregivers’ well-being after traumatic brain injury: A multi-center prospective investigation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 90:939-946, 2009.

Arango-Lasprilla JC, Ketchum JM, Williams K, Hart T, Corrigan J, Foster L, Mascialino G. Race/ ethnicity differences in satisfaction with life among persons with traumatic brain injury. NeuroRehabilitation, 24:5-14, 2009. PMID: 19208953

Hart T, Seignourel PJ, Sherer M. A longitudinal study of awareness of deficit after moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 19:161-176, 2009. PMID: 18609008

2008

Marquez de la Plata C, Hart T, Hammond FM, Frol A, Hudak A, Harper C, O’Neil-Pirozzi T, Whyte J, Carlile M, Diaz-Arrastia R. Impact of age on long-term recovery from traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 89:896-903, 2008. PMID: 18452739

Whyte J, Hart T, Ellis C, Chervoneva I. The Moss Attention Rating Scale for traumatic brain injury: Further explorations of reliability and sensitivity to change. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 89:966-73, 2008. PMID: 18452747

Bell KR, Hammond F, Hart T, Bickett AK, Temkin N, Dikmen S. Participant recruitment and retention in rehabilitation research. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 87:330-338, 2008. PMID: 18356624

Whyte J, Vaccaro M, Grieb-Neff P, Hart T, Polansky M, Coslett HB. The effects of bromocriptine on attention deficits after traumatic brain injury: A placebo controlled pilot study. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 87:85-99, 2008.

Hart T, Fann J, Novack T. The dilemma of the control condition in experience-based cognitive and behavioral treatment research. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 18:1-21, 2008. PMID: 16635627

2007

Chu B, Millis S, Arango-Lasprilla J, Hanks R, Novack T, Hart T. Measuring recovery in new learning and memory following traumatic brain injury: A mixed effects modeling approach. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 29:617-625, 2007. PMID: 17691034

Hart T, Hanks R, Bogner JA, Millis S, Esselman P. Blame attribution in intentional and unintentional traumatic brain injury: Longitudinal changes and impact on subjective well-being. Rehabilitation Psychology, 52:152-161, 2007.

Vaccaro M, Hart T, Whyte J, Buchhofer R. Internet use and interest among individuals with traumatic brain injury: A consumer survey. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 2:85-95, 2007. PMID: 19263543

Hart T, O’Neil-Pirozzi TM, Williams KD, Rapport LJ, Hammond F, Kreutzer J. Racial differences in caregiving patterns, caregiver emotional function and sources of emotional support following traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 22:121-131, 2007. PMID: 17414314

2006

Walker WC, Marwitz JH, Kreutzer JS, Hart T, Novack T. Occupational categories and return to work after traumatic brain injury:A multicenter study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 87:1576-1582, 2006. PMID: 17141636

Hart T, Dijkers M, Fraser R, Cicerone K, Bogner J, Whyte J, Waldron B, Malec J. Vocational services for traumatic brain injury: Treatment definition and diversity within Model Systems of care. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 21:467-482, 2006. PMID: 17122678

Sherer M, Stouter J, Hart T, Nakase-Richardson R, Olivier J, Manning E, Yablon SA. Computed Tomography findings and early cognitive outcome after traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 20:997-1005, 2006. PMID: 17046799

Hart T, Whyte J, Millis S, Bode R, Malec J, Nakase-Richardson R, Hammond F. Dimensions of disordered attention in traumatic brain injury: Further validation of the Moss Attention Rating Scale. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 87:647-655, 2006. PMID: 16635627

Hart T, Evans J. Self-regulation and goal theories in brain injury rehabilitation. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 21:142-155, 2006. PMID: 16569988

2005

Hart T, Whyte J, Kim J, Vaccaro M. Executive function and self-awareness of “real-world” behavior and attention deficits following traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 20:333-347, 2005. PMID: 16030440

Sherer M, Hart T, Whyte J, Nick TG, Yablon SA. Neuro-anatomic basis of impaired self-awareness after traumatic brain injury: Findings from early computed tomography. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 20:287-300, 2005.

Kim J, Whyte J, Hart T, Vaccaro M, Polansky M, Coslett HB. Executive function as a predictor of inattentive behavior after traumatic brain injury. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 11:434-445, 2005. PMID: 16209424

Hart T, Whyte J, Polansky M, Kersey-Matusiak G, Fidler-Sheppard R. Community outcomes following traumatic brain injury: Impact of race and pre-injury status. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 20:158-172, 2005. PMID: 15803039

Lehtonen S, Stringer AY, Millis S, Boake C, Englander J, Hart T, High W, Macciocchi S, Meythaler J, Novack T, Whyte J. Neuropsychological outcome and community re-integration following traumatic brain injury: The impact of frontal and non-frontal lesions. Brain Injury, 19:239-256, 2005. PMID: 15832870

Selected Earlier Articles:

Hart T, Giovannetti T, Montgomery M, Schwartz M. Awareness of errors in naturalistic action following traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 13:16-27, 1998.

Hart T, Hawkey K, Whyte J. Use of a portable voice organizer to remember therapy goals in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation: A within-subjects trial. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 17:556-570, 2002. PMID: 12802246

Hart T, Sherer M, Whyte J, Polansky M, Novack T. Awareness of behavioral, cognitive and physical deficits in acute traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 85:1450-1456, 2004. PMID: 15375815

Whyte J, Hart T. It’s more than a black box; it’s a Russian doll: Defining rehabilitation treatments. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 82:639-652, 2003. PMID: 12872021

Whyte J, Hart T, Vaccaro M, Grieb-Neff P, Risser A, Polansky M, Coslett HB. The effects of methylphenidate on attention deficits after traumatic brain injury: A multi-dimensional randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 83:401-420, 2004. PMID: 15166683