Julia Schmidt

Julia Schmidt
University of British Columbia - Vancouver | UBC

PhD

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Introduction
Dr Julia Schmidt is interested in improving everyday life for people with reduced function and participation after brain impairment. Her research investigates the neurological and cognitive-psychological impacts of brain injury to determine effective individualized interventions. Dr Schmidt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (OSOT) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She obtained her BSc(OT) at the University of Alberta and her PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia, focusing on effective cognitive interventions for people with brain injury. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Brain Behaviour Lab, UBC, investigating the neurophysiological impact of concussion in children before joining OSOT.
Additional affiliations
September 2015 - October 2015
University of British Columbia - Vancouver
Position
  • Post Doctorate Researcher
January 2013 - January 2015
Australian Catholic University
Position
  • Lecturer
October 2008 - June 2015
The University of Queensland
Position
  • PhD Student

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Publications (31)
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Importance: Concussions are common among children and youth. To date, the pediatric concussion literature has focused on quantitative reports of the effects of concussion and return-to-activity guidelines. However, the subjective experiences of children and youth returning to occupations postconcussion have largely been ignored. An understanding of...
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Background: Chronic diseases are prevalent in Canada’s aging population (≥65 years). Positive health behaviours (e.g., physical activity, healthy diet) are critical for the management of chronic diseases (e.g., stroke, heart disease). However, novel coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention strategies of quarantining, social isolation, and physical distanc...
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OBJECTIVES: To investigate neurophysiological alterations within the typical symptomatic period after concussion (1-month) and throughout recovery (6-months) in adolescents; and (2) to examine relationships between neurophysiological and upper limb kinematic outcomes. METHODS: 18 adolescents with concussion were compared to 17 healthy controls. Tra...
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Background Reorientation programs have been an important component of neurotrauma rehabilitation for adults who suffer from post-traumatic amnesia (PTA) after traumatic brain injury (TBI), however research testing the efficacy of acute programs is limited. This study aimed to determine if it is feasible to provide a standardised environmental reori...
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Background.: Concussion is a common injury in an adolescent population with up to 30% experiencing persistent symptoms. Rehabilitation programs that include aerobic exercises can reduce persistent postconcussion symptoms. However, it is unclear if daily life physical activities can also reduce symptoms. Purpose.: To investigate whether the level...
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This study examined the patterns of informal (unpaid) caregiving provided to people after moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), explore the self-reported burden and preparedness for the caregiving role, and identify factors predictive of caregiver burden and preparedness. A cross-sectional cohort design was used. Informal caregivers comp...
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Introduction: Impaired self-awareness negatively impacts on how well persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI) learn and use strategies needed in daily life. Verbal feedback is a component of metacognitive strategy training recommended for addressing impaired self-awareness in TBI rehabilitation. Yet, it remains unknown how effectively verbal feed...
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Background: Concussion is a common injury in an adolescent population with up to 20% experiencing persistent symptoms. Rehabilitation programs that include aerobic exercises can reduce persistent postconcussion symptoms. However, it is unclear if daily-life physical activities can also reduce symptoms. Purpose: To investigate whether the level of d...
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The primary means for disseminating sport and exercise science research is currently through journal articles. However, not all studies, especially those with null findings, make it to formal publication. This publication bias towards positive findings may contribute to questionable research practices. Preregistration is a solution to prevent the pub...
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Background and purpose: Concussion is a major public health concern and one of the least understood neurological injuries. Children and youth are disproportionally affected by concussion, and once injured, take longer to recover. Current guidelines recommend a period of physical and cognitive rest with a gradual progressive return to activity. Alt...
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Context: Pediatric mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is a common and poorly understood injury. Neuroimaging may index brain injury and outcome after pediatric mTBI, but remains largely unexplored. Objective: To investigate the differences in neuroimaging findings in children/youth with mTBI. Measures of behavior, symptoms, time since injury, an...
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Background: Errorless learning (ELL) and error-based learning (EBL) are commonly used approaches to rehabilitation for people with traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, it is unknown whether making errors is beneficial in the learning process to promote skills generalization after severe TBI. Objective: To compare the efficacy of ELL and EBL fo...
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To build an understanding of the neurobiology underpinning arm recovery in people with severe arm impairment due to stroke, we conducted a pooled individual data systematic review to: 1) characterize brain biomarkers; 2) determine relationship(s) between biomarkers and motor outcome; and 3) establish relationship(s) between biomarkers and motor rec...
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Questions: In people receiving rehabilitation aimed at reducing activity limitations of the lower and/or upper limb after stroke, does adding extra rehabilitation (of the same content as the usual rehabilitation) improve activity? What is the amount of extra rehabilitation that needs to be provided to achieve a beneficial effect? Design: Systema...
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Clients with impaired self-awareness following brain injury may benefit from an occupation-based approach to metacognitive training that uses real-life meaningful occupations in a supported therapy context. Metacognitive training in real-life contexts aims to improve clients’ intellectual awareness by demonstrating the impact of impairments on acti...
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Video feedback interventions have been found to improve self-awareness and occupational performance to a greater extent than other feedback interventions after traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, it is unclear whether the effects of video feedback are maintained over time. To evaluate the maintenance of gains in self-awareness achieved with a vi...
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Impaired self-awareness can limit rehabilitation outcomes for people with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Video feedback on occupational performance has been found to improve self-awareness after TBI when delivered according to specific principles. The purpose of this article is to describe an occupation-based video feedback intervention found to be...
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Background: Adults who survive traumatic brain injury (TBI) often receive case (care) management to overcome the difficulties commonly faced negotiating a number of different health and social care services and systems. Little is known about the effectiveness of a case management intervention. Objective: To examine the effects of case management...
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Poor skills generalization poses a major barrier to successful outcomes of rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Error-based learning (EBL) is a relatively new intervention approach that aims to promote skills generalization by teaching people internal self-regulation skills, or how to anticipate, monitor and correct their own errors....
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Objective: The Self-Perceptions in Rehabilitation Questionnaire (SPIRQ) is a brief measure developed to monitor client self-perceptions, motivation, and emotional reactions throughout rehabilitation. We describe the SPIRQ's development and preliminary psychometric evaluation. Method: One hundred five adults with traumatic brain injury attending...
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Background: Feedback is used in rehabilitation to improve self-awareness in people with traumatic brain injury (TBI), but there have been no comparisons of the different methods of providing feedback. Objective: To compare the effect of different methods of feedback on impaired self-awareness after TBI. Method: This was a randomized, assessor-...
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Occupational therapists working in brain injury rehabilitation use functional tasks as a means of providing feedback to improve self-awareness of people who have a brain injury and ultimately improve their occupational performance. To compare the effectiveness of video, verbal and experiential feedback for improving self-awareness in people with tr...
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To determine the effectiveness of self-awareness interventions that involve a component of feedback for adults with brain injury. Systematic review. Randomized and non-randomized studies identified by searching CINAHL, Cochrane Systematic Review Database, Embase, Medline, OTSeeker, PsycBITE, PsycINFO, Web of Science, clinical trial registries, and...

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