Dr. William Oswald is a Physical Therapy Supervisor and faculty member at the Center for Musculoskeletal Care at NYU Langone Medical Center. He is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. In 2013, Dr. Oswald received a diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy through the McKenzie Institute International. He is an adjunct professor at Touro College Physical Therapy program and a Continuing Education Instructor. Dr. Oswald has co-authored studies on back pain in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy and the Pain Journal. He graduated from New York Institute of Technology with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2001 and received his doctoral degree in 2006.
Dr. Joseph Ricker is the Director of Psychology for Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Medical Center and a Professor in the departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Psychiatry, and Radiology at NYU. He has a program of research examining the correlates and outcomes of cognitive impairment, recovery, and rehabilitation following human traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other neurological disorders (e.g., multiple sclerosis). Beginning in the 1990s, he was among the first investigators in the world to apply functional imaging in the investigation of cognition after TBI in humans. Over the past 12 years, he has been the Principal Investigator of four NIH-funded projects that have examined human brain injury. He is the author of 72 peer-reviewed scientific articles, 21 book chapters, editor or co-editor of 4 books, and has authored dozens of abstracts and other professional publications. He serves or has served as a member of the editorial boards of 5 peer-reviewed journals. His PhD in Clinical Psychology is from Wayne State University in Detroit and he completed postdoctoral residency training in both Clinical Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan.
Dr. Steven Flanagan is a nationally renowned expert in the field of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine, and the Medical Director of the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at the NYU Langone Medical Center.
He was formerly the Vice Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine where he was a faculty member from 1992 to 2008. He was also the Medical Director of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program which encompassed the physical, cognitive and emotional aftermaths of brain injuries. Under Flanagan's leadership, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research designated the program a TBI Model System recognizing it as a national leader in brain injury medical research and patient care.
He holds a major TBI grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; is chairman of the Brain Injury Special Interest Group of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R); and is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Brain Trauma Foundation.
In 2008, the Brain Injury Association of New York State honored Flanagan with the "Champion of Hope Award" for his work in the field of traumatic brain injury.
He received his B.S. from Fairfield University in 1984 and his M.D. from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1988. He completed his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1992.
This interview was conducted with both Liz Donroe and Kristin Kvaternik. They both are Senior Placement and Rehabilitation Counselors in Rusk’s Vocational Rehabilitation Department.
With over 12 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation, Liz has expertise in counseling individuals with complex medical conditions, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury, and amputation in returning to work. Her focus is on career counseling, work readiness, job placement, and employment retention. She served on NYU Langone Medical Center’s Accessibility Committee and has participated on multiple disability-related panels. She holds a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Hofstra University and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
With more than 19 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation, Kristin has expertise in counseling individuals with complex medical conditions in returning to work. Her focus is on vocational counseling, work readiness, job placement and employment retention. She frequently presents to various disability-related organizations. She has a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from New York University and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).
Both individuals are active members of the NYC Placement Consortium Network and were co-presenters at the 2016 National Rehabilitation Association Conference.