John DeLuca, PhD, ABPP
Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Res. & Educ. Corp.
West Orange, NJ
NMSS Area: Greater North Jersey Chapter
Award: Mentor-Based Rehabilitation Fellowship
Term/Amount: 7/1/07-6/30/12; $365,133
“MS fellowship in neuropsychological rehabilitation” Training in ways to help people copy with cognitive problems associated with MS.
The goal of the National MS Society’s mentor-based postdoctoral fellowship program in multiple sclerosis rehabilitation research is to recruit and train talented clinician-scientists in rehabilitation research specific to MS. The ultimate goal is to get more hands and minds working on the best ways to help people with MS maximize their abilities.
Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Center (KMRREC) has designed a fellowship program with the aim of supporting the training of post-doctoral fellows in neuropsychology, cognitive rehabilitation and cognitive/translational neuroscience. The training program is based on a highly individualized research training plan designed by the trainee in close collaboration with his/her mentors. John DeLuca, Ph.D., is the primary mentor for the MS fellows in this program, and assistive mentors are assigned based on the needs of each fellow. Fellows are guided through the entire process of research starting from an idea, design, and submitting a proposal, to data collection, analysis, data presentation and publication of a research manuscript.
The goal of KMRREC’s program is to nurture fellows’ enthusiasm for rehabilitation research by providing them with dedicated and experienced mentors who not only teach the necessary skills and methodology in science, but also serve as role models for success in emphasizing the importance of contributing to the field of MS rehabilitation.