Sanna Koskinen

University lecturer, PhD

Clinical neuropsychologist

Principal Investigator in MOVING THE BRAIN: Dance-Based Rehabilitation of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Publications and activity in the Tuhat database Sanna Koskinen

Teaching:

My teaching responsibilities consist of courses and seminars on clinical neuropsychology and clinical skills for master’s level psychology students. I’m responsible of the clinical practice (field training) as well. I supervise theses on all levels: bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral.

Research:

My main research interest focus on traumatic brain injuries: evaluation, rehabilitation, and long-term outcome, especially quality of life.

  • Moving the Brain: Dance-Based Rehabilitation of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: a pilot study:

The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects and feasibility of dance-based rehabilitation for motor, cognitive and emotional functioning in young adults with severe brain injury. 12 patients with severe TBI participate in dance-based rehabilitation for 3 months. The study is based on a cross-over design with 3 evaluations (physical, cognitive, emotional, quality of life, everyday functioning) at the beginning, 3 months and 6 months. The patients are followed up for 18 months with questionnaires. First publication in 2015 (in Finnish).

  • QOLIBRI (Quality of Life after Brain Injury): 

An international Task Force has developed a disease-specific health-related quality of life measure for TBI patients. This measure has been validated in an international study based on six languages: German, English, French, Italian, Dutch and Finnish. The validity of the QOLIBRI has also been proved in a Finnish sample. Publications: about 10 peer-reviewed articles since 2010. For more information, see: http://qolibrinet.com/. For the Finnish recommendations of the evaluation of overall functioning and quality of life after TBI see: http://www.thl.fi/toimia/tietokanta/suositus/36/

  • Sports concussion:

I am participating with great interest in two projects dealing with ice hockey. We study both the consequences of sports related TBIs as well as the positive effect of sports especially for young people. Prof Laura Hokkanen is the PI in both of these projects.

  • FORAMENRehab

Since the early 1990s my colleague Jaana Sarajuuri and I have been developing a computer administered software (FORAMENRehab) for cognitive rehabilitation. Currently we are developing a new mobile version based on that program. For more information of the original software see: http://www.intressi.com/foramen/ (in Finnish) or: www.foramenrehab.info (in English).

  • Muistiluuri:

Together with Miina Sillanpää Foundation we have been developing a new network based rehabilitation model for patients with early phases of memory problems. The aim is to support the patients’ independence and active everyday life. Support is provided to the significant others as well. During 2013-2015 we developed a cognitive software based on the FORAMENRehab which is now freely available for everyone (https://www.miinasillanpaa.fi/aivotreeni/), and provided community-based intervention for the patients and their relatives. Results of this intervention will be published in 2017. Erja Poutiainen and her team in Kuntoutussäätiö are responsible for the scientific research.

  • AiMO: Toiminnanohjauksen ja elämän turvallisuuden tukeminen palvelujärjestelmään kytketyn teknisen apuvälineen avulla (AiMO):

This is a joint project with Validia Housing, Validia Rehabilitation Helsinki, and Vivago Oy. It was funded by Tekes and coordinated by Salwe Oy. The aim the project was to develop methods and to study the effect of a specific technical device on the activity and participation and quality of life of persons with problems in memory and executive functions. The results will be published in 2016-2017.