WV TBI Conference 2023: Knowledge is Power

March 29, 2023
In person and virtual
Bridgeport Conference Center

The WV Traumatic Brain Injury conference is hosted by disability partners across the state including the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities, WVU Division of Occupational Therapy, WV TBI Advisory Council, Disability Rights of WV, The Appalachian Center for Independent Living, WV Division of Rehabilitation Services, and individuals with lived experience, as well as their family members and caregivers.

This one-day hybrid conference will be held on Wednesday, March 29th from 9-5 with a full schedule full of opportunities for people with TBI, caregivers/family members, as well as professionals to attend sessions on best practices for serving individuals with TBIs. Topics include a concussion overview, rehabilitation after a brain injury, art therapy, advocacy during brain injury recovery, and more.

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Lodging is available at the following locations:

Wingate by Wyndham Bridgeport
350 Conference Center Way
Bridgeport, WV 26330
(304) 808-1000

Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham Bridgeport
201 Conference Center Way
Bridgeport, WV 26330
(304) 808-2000

*Both are within walking distance of Bridgeport Conference Center*

CEU’s will be available for PT/PTA’s, OT, Social Workers, LPC, Nursing, and CBIS


8:00 - 8:45


8:45 – 9:00 Welcome

Dr. Steve Wheeler, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, CBIS – TBI State Grant Principal Investigator

Cortland Nesley, CBIS – TBI Program Manager

9:00 – 10:00

Dr. Kelli Williams Gary, Ph.D., MPH, OTR/L, CBIS
Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University
“Overcoming Insurmountable Odds of Recovering from a Severe TBI to Achieve Academic Excellence and Productivity Post-Injury”

10:15 – 11:15

Dr. Michael Ebbert, DO
West Virginia University School of Medicine
Department of Neurology
“Concussion Overview”

Christina Marple, PT, DPT, NCS
Physical Therapist Healthworks Rehab and Fitness
“Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury”

11:30 – 12:30

Dr. Daniel Long
“Introduction to Neurofeedback”

Dr. Annie McFarland, PhD, ATR-BC
West Virginia University, Assistant Professor Art Therapy & Therapeutic Arts
“Art Therapy”

12:30 – 1:30

Lunch/Poster Presentations

1:45 – 2:45

Lived Experience Panel

3:00 – 4:00

Anastasia Edmonston, MS, CRC & Martin Kerrigan

Brain Injury Association of Maryland
“TBI and Substance Use Disorder”

Dr. Heather Livengood, PhD, OTR/L
West Virginia University, Assistant Professor Division of Occupational Therapy
“Vision and the Brain: How We See”

4:15 – 5:00

Kelly Lang
Brain Injury Association of America, Brain Injury Council, Co-Leader Brain Injury Advisory Council, Virginia Co-Author: The Miracle Child: Traumatic Brain Injury and Me
“Let’s Talk About It: The Importance of Communication and Advocacy in Brain Injury Recovery”

5:00 – 5:15

Prize Drawings and Closing Remarks