Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Department Chair

Robert DiTomasso

First Advisor

Kate Tresco

Second Advisor

Jeffrey Branch

Third Advisor

Elizabeth Gosch


The academic and psychosocial functioning of 20 post-TBI high school students were investigated in this pilot study. Participants included 12 males and 8 females ranging in age from 14 to 18 years. The students demonstrated a higher number of discipline referral post-TBI (d = 0.82) with a large effect size. Correlational analysis revealed a relationship between pre- and post-TBI, rate of attendance, and GPA. Thirty percent of student participants identified a level of significant elevation on the BASC-3 or BYI-II, most commonly social stress, depression, and sense of inadequacy. One hundred percent identified a change to their academic functioning, social life, or mood post-TBI, as recorded on the self-report survey designed for the study. The most reported changes were lowered grades, difficulty focusing, less social interaction, decreased mood, quicker to anger, and feeling anxious and stressed.

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