Upstate University Hospital
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
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Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Rehabilitation psychologists are licensed psychologists who apply psychological principles to assist with behavioral or mental health concerns experienced by people who are affected by a chronic condition or injury leading to disability (APA). Rehabilitation psychologists often work with individuals and families affected by traumatic brain injury (including concussion), stroke, spinal cord injury, amputation, burn, multiple system trauma, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis and neuromuscular disorders.
Inpatient services: Rehabilitation psychologists on the inpatient rehabilitation unit work to help individuals and families cope with the emotional impact of injury and hospitalization as well as cope with adjustment to potential life changes upon discharge home.
In supporting families of individuals impacted by acquired brain injury, rehabilitation psychologists offer a family education session focused on helping families to understand the brain, the impact of different brain injuries and illnesses, and factors that promote recovery and foster adaptation for patients and families.
Outpatient services: Rehabilitation Psychologists work in a variety of outpatient clinics, with the goal of helping patients and families to understand and cope with different injuries or illnesses. Depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other psychiatric conditions can accompany injury or illness, and rehabilitation psychologists can help to identify and treat these disorders. If necessary, rehabilitation psychologists will help connect patients and family members with other mental health supports as well.