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Barry                          Willer

Barry S. Willer 

Department of Psychiatry

Professor

 
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Professional Summary:

My research interests include all aspects of brain function although I generally look at issues that involve brain dysfunction. Traumatic brain injury including mild tbi (concussion) fascinate me. My research career has centered on the treatment of individuals living with the effects of traumatic rain injury (TBI). This has included research on family coping strategies and rehabilitation outcomes. One of my current research interests is focused onmild TBI. I am the director of research for the University concussion clinic. We have been evaluating the impact of concussion on the physiology of the patient and looking for treatments that help to ameliorate the long-term effects. We have recently evaluated the use of the Balke treadmill test to evaluate readiness to return toplay. We found this procedure to be reliable and safe and extremely useful in differential diagnosis of post concussion syndrome. We have also just completed a fMRI pilot study of individuals with PCS and found that as patients improved in their symptoms and physiologic response to treatment, that their brains were more efficient metabolically. They used less energy to accomplish the same task and the foci of activity were more consistent with the demands of the task. We also found that subjects that followed an exercise regime recovered quicker and had brain function more closely aligned with the normal controls.

My second research focus relates to emotion recognition, emotion expression and emotion regulation in individuals with moderate to severe TBI. Approximately one third of individuals with moderate to severe TBA will have impaired abilities in emotion regulation. We have developed a computer based treatment protocol that was found effective in a pilot study. This protocol is currently being evaluated in a RCT that is multi-site and multi-national.

Education and Training:
  • PhD, Psychology, York University (1975)
  • BA, Psychology, York University, Honors BA (1971)
Employment:
  • Visiting Scholar, Massey University, New Zealand (2007-present)
  • Adjunct Professor, University at Buffalo, School of Public Health (2004-present)
  • Professor, University at Buffalo (1995-present)
  • Adjunct Professor, Brock University, Brock University, Canada (1994-present)
  • Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo, State University of New York at Buffalo (1987-present)
  • Interim Executive Director, Ontario Brain Injury Association, Canada (1997–1998)
  • Associate Professor, University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (1982–1995)
  • Director, State University of New York at Buffalo (1988–1993)
  • Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (1976–1982)
Awards and Honors:
  • Blast Injury Institute Board Member (2007)
  • North American Brain Injury Society Board Member (2006)
  • Outstanding Volunteer Award (2004)
  • Lloyd Loynes Award (1992)
  • Faculty Excellence Award (1991)
  • Mental Retardation Research Bursary Award (1972)
  • Mental Retardation Research Bursary Award (1971)
  • Dr. Paul Christie Memorial Bursary Award (1970)

Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • January 2010–December 2012
    Concussion Education Project
    Buffalo Sabres Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $25,000
  • January 2010–December 2012
    Education of Health Care Professionals On Concussion
    Buffalo Sabres Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $25,000
  • May 2009–December 2012
    Concussion Education Project II
    Robert Rich Family Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $25,000
  • October 2008–September 2012
    Controlled study of affect recognition training for persons
    National Institue For Disability and Rehabilitation Research
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $600,000
  • January 1988–January 1993
    Prevention of Chemical Dependency Among Native American Children and Youth on Reservations
    New York State Inter Agency Task Force
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $579,000
  • January 1988–January 1993
    Research and Training Center on Community Integration for Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury
    National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Reserch
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $3,500,000
  • January 1982–January 1984
    The Role of the Family in the Treatment of the Chronic Mentally Ill
    Veterans Administration Research Grants Program
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $26,000
  • January 1980–January 1981
    Evaluation of Personal Care Program in Columbia County
    The Office of Mental Retardation and Development Disabilities of New York State
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $30,000
  • January 1976–January 1979
    Evaluation of the Impact of Deinstitutionalization on the Mentally Retarded, their Families and the Community
    HEW Region II, DDO
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $180,000
  • January 1973–January 1974
    Individualized Patient Programming for Psychiatric Patients
    Ontario Mental Health Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $50,000
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Journal Articles:
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Books and Book Chapters:
  • Willer BS; Intagliata J; Wicks N; Bruininks R; Meyers CE; Sigford B; Lakin KC. Factors Related to the Quality of Adjustment in Family Care Homes. 1981.
  • Willer BS; Intagliata J; Bruininks RH; Meyers CE; Sigford B; Lakin Kc. A Review of Training Programs for Providers of Foster Care to Mentally Retarded Persons. 1981.
  • Willer BS; Intagliata J; Wicks N; Bruininks CE; Meyers CE; Sigford B; Lakin KC. Return of Mentally Ill Persons to Natural Families; Issues and Results. 1981.
  • Willer BS; Awad AG; Durost HB; McCormick WO. Discussion of Stricker‘s Peer Review of Outpatient Psychological Services. 1980.
  • Willer BS. Evaluation of a Hospital-based Aftercare Program. 1979.
  • Willer BS; Miller GH. Information Systems for Evaluation and Feedback in Mental Health Organizations. 1977.
  • Willer BS; Garwick G. Relationship of Goal Attainment Scores and Client Involvement in Goal Setting to Therapeutic Outcome. 1975.

Professional Memberships:
  • North American Brain Injury Society (2006)
  • American Congress on Rehabilitation Medicine (1990)
Presentations:
  • "After Recognition Therapy" North American Brain Injury Society (2006)
  • "Post Concussion Syndrome Treatment" North American Brain Injury Society (2006)
  • "How Relatives Influence Social Outcome After Severe Brain Injury" Brain Injury Conference, Impace 2000 (2000)
  • "Concept of Community Integration in Brain Injury Rehabilitation" Vejlefjord Center Conference (2000)
  • "Trends in Community Based Rehabilitation" International Brain Injury Association Congress (1999)
  • "Models of Rehabilitation For Acquired Brain Injury" New Zealand Head Injury Society, Invited Key Note Address (1994)
  • "Practical Approaches to Rehabilitation" University of Queensland Conference on Brain Injury, University of Queensland (1994)
  • "Toward a Definition and Measurement of Handicap" National Institutes of Health Conferences on Functional Assessment of Disabilities (1994)
  • "Enhancing Performance Following Brain Injury Through Environmental Modification" Seventh World Congress of the International Rehabilitation Medicine Association, Super Course (1994)
  • "A Model for Community Integration of Individuals with TBI." Second International Conference on Recovery From Brain Injury, Invited Keynote address (1993)
  • "Outcome After Brain Injury Rehabilitation: Results From a Multi-Center Study" American Psychological Association, Symposium (1993)
  • "The Status of Community Programs for Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury" American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Annual Meeting (1993)
  • "Assessment of Community Integration After Brain Injury" Community Re-Integration After TBI Conference, Disabled Trust (1992)
  • "Family Issues in Traumatic Brain Injury" American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, Issue Workshop 113 (1992)
  • "Conceptualizing and Measuring Handicap" American Congress on Rehabilitation Medicine, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation annual meeting (1990)
  • "Brain Damage in Young Patients" World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation, World Congress (1989)
  • "Evaluations of the Impact of Rehabilitation Services for Individuals with TBI" Groupe European D'etude Des Traumatises Craniens Et De Leur Reinsertion, Medico-Chirurgical Foch (1989)
  • "Case Management for Individuals with Chronic Mental Illness" IV International Congress on Rehabilitation in Psychiatry, IV International Congress on Rehabilitation in Psychiatry (1988)
  • "Brain Injury Rehabilitation Course" Canadian Universities/Massey University in New Zealand, Various Universities in Canada, Taught in 1994
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Service Activities:
  • Member; Member of the Advisory Committee to the Ontario Minor Hockey Association 2009 - Present; Advisory Board (2009)
  • Member; Member, International Affairs Committee, American Congress on Rehabilitation Medicine - 2007 - Present; Board of Directors (2007)
  • Member; Member of the Board of Directors of the Blast Injury Institute, a Committee of the North American Brain Injury Society - 2007 - Present; Board of Directors (2007)
  • Elected Member; Elected Member of the Faculty Council - 2005 - 2007; Member (2005–2007)
  • Member; Member of the Sub-committee on mild Brain injury, for the Advisory Committee on the National (US) Children's Study (2004); Committee Member (2004)
  • Member; Member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Clinical Promotions - 2002 - 2005; Committee Member (2002–2005)
  • Journal Reviewer; Journal Reviewer for NeuroRehabilitation (Editorial Board, 1996- ); Reviewer (1998)
  • Member; Member, Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation, brain injury standards development committee - 1997-1998 and trained surveyor for CCHSA 1998-2009; Committee Member (1997–2009)
  • Founding Director; Founding Director of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Toronto, Ontario (1997), and Board Member (1998-2000), Chair of Rehabilitation Committee, Member of Program Audit Committee; Director (1997–2000)
  • Elected Representative to Faculty Senate; Elected Representative to the Faculty Senate, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1993-1999; Other (1993–1999)
  • Member; Member of two US national advisory committees on employment of individuals with disabilities - 1992-1997; Committee Member (1992–1997)
  • Member; Member of a committee to plan long term support services for individuals with disabilities for the Clinton administration 1992 - 1993; Committee Member (1992–1993)
  • Service to the Community; Served on various community agency boards in New York (including the Health Systems Agency) and in Ontario with a local Association for the Mentally Retarded. Member of the Head Injury Association of Fort Erie from 1989 to 1999. Chair of the Trillium Grant Review Team for the Niagara Region (appointed by Ontario Government, Order in Council) 1999 - 2004; Other (1989–2004)
  • Elected Representative to Faculty Council; Elected Representative to Faculty Council - 1989 - 1991; Other (1989–1991)
  • Member; Member of the Steering committee for the Department of Psychiatry - 1985 - 1997; Committee Member (1985–1997)
  • Journal Reviewer; Journal Reviewer for Mental Retardation (Consulting Editor, 1982 - 1986); Reviewer (1982–1986)
  • Member; Member of the APA Division 27 Sub-committee on program evaluation - 1979; Committee Member (1979)
  • Consultant; Consultant to Puerto Rico Development Disabilities Planning Council - 1978-1979; Consultant (1978–1979)
  • Concussion: DVD; Concussion: A DVD produced for high schools to educate students and teachers about concussion and concussion management.; Teacher
  • DVD: Concussion Management; dvd: Concussion Management. Produced for hockey team trainers on the proper mamagement of concussion. Ontario Minor Hockey Association; Teacher
  • Journal Reviewer; Journal Reviewer for the American Journal on Mental Retardation; Reviewer
  • Journal Reviewer; Journal Reviewer for Journal of Head Trauma and Rehabilitation; Reviewer
  • Journal Reviewer; Journal Reviewer for Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Reviewer
  • Journal Reviewer; Journal Reviewer for Brain Injury; Reviewer
  • Journal Reviewer; Journal Reviewer for Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry; Reviewer
  • Journal Reviewer; Journal Reviewer for Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine; Reviewer
  • Journal Reviewer; Journal Reviewer for Hospital and Community Psychiatry; Reviewer

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Contact Information

G96 Farber Hall
3435 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 829-2300
Email: bswiller@buffalo.edu


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