Building wellness skills for brain injury survivors and families.
Connecting community members to research and care.


NeuroNights is a wellness workshop series for survivors of brain injury and other neurological conditions. Patients, family members, students, and professionals all interact in hour-long educational sessions led by doctors, therapists, and researchers. Survivors and family members can learn together, find resources, and connect with each other during our informal and engaging discussions. All are welcome!

Each month, we explore a theme over 2 sessions:

WORKSHOP: LEARN about a wellness topic from clinicians, researchers, and community professionals

SOCIAL NIGHT/SURVIVOR STORY: SHARE your experience and successes with peers and our students


Spring Updates

  • We will meet twice each month, on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, and all meetings will start at 6:30PM. The first meeting each month will be our regular educational workshops, and the second meeting will feature a survivor sharing their story.
  • Starting in January 2023, we will also offer an ‘in person' option to participate in a group setting – but you can still opt for Zoom if you prefer. The ‘in person' location in January-March will be at Ohio State's Outpatient Care New Albany, 6100 N. Hamilton Road, Westerville, OH, 43081.

To join the sessions ONLINE:

1. REGISTER for NeuroNights: Sign-up Here (You only need to do this part once!)

2. LOG IN by clicking the "ACCESS THE WORKSHOPS" HERE button above.
Links will be live 15 minutes before each scheduled session.
You will need to use Zoom to access the meetings. Instructions are available below.

Unfamiliar with Zoom? Click here for instructions!

Spring 2023 Schedule

January: Return to Learn


February: Acupressure

  • Month, Dates & Location (survivor story – Zoom only)
  • Speakers

March: Research Update

April: Independent Living

  • Month, Dates & Location (survivor story – Zoom only)
  • Speakers
    • Mobile &/or Creative Living

    • Survivor Story: Eric Rickert

May: Assistive Living

  • Month, Dates & Location (survivor story – Zoom only)
  • Speakers
    • Ava Eisele, Friendship Village Dublin

June: Community Building - Resources available to keep active through summer

All NeuroNights sessions are held on Wednesday nights from 6:30PM to 7:30PM, and hosted online. Recorded presentations are available to watch any time.

NeuroNights is supported by Ohio State's Chronic Brain Injury Program (CBI), Wexner Medical Center's rehabilitation team, and the undergraduate Buckeyes Raising Awareness in Neuroscience (BRAIN) student group - along with funds raised at the annual Brain Injury Awareness 5K Run and 1 Mile Family Walk. Learn more about the race by visiting!

Register for the 7th Annual Brain Injury Awareness 5K/1-Mile Walk on March 26, 2023! Ohio State undergraduates from Buckeyes Raising Awareness in Neuroscience have raised over $25,000 in the last 6 years to help survivors and their families. All proceeds from this event go towards brain injury prevention, education, and awareness efforts. Funds also support our NeuroNights program!

Register now for this event or create your own fundraiser. Prices increase after February 20th. NeuroNights attendees can enjoy 10% off registration using the code "NN2023."


01/05: Mary Massie - Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Columbus Bereau of Vocational Rehabilitation

01/12: Daniel Hurlburt, PsyD - Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology/Rehabilitation

01/19: James Jim Ellison - Job Developer, Greenleaf Job Training Services

02/02: Kevin Weber, MD, MHA - Assistant Professor of Neurology

02/09: Alicia Kempton, DPT, PT, NCS - Physical Therapist, Brain Injury/Concussion Team Lead, Ohio State Outpatient Rehabiliation

02/16: Survivor Story - Jackie Palmer

03/02: Chelsea Kane, PsyD - Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

03/09: Katherine Brownlowe, MD - Neuropsychiatrist, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology

03/16: Survivor Story - Lauren Wisehart

04/06: John Corrigan, PhD, ABPP - Emeritus Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Director, Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Recovery and Rehabilitation (PART ONE)

04/13: John Corrigan, PhD (PART TWO)

04/20: Survivor Story: Lisa Huelskamp, PhD & Susan Bowman-Burpee, APRN-CNP

05/04: Jingzhen "Ginger" Yang, PhD, MPH - Principal Investigator at the Center for Injury Research and Policy, Professor of Pediatrics

05/11: Meredith Sweeney, OTR/L, CDRS, Occupational Therapist

05/18: Claire Jennings, Mobility Program Manager at Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)

2021 Sessions

Research in TBI

Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury

12/1: Sheital Bavishi, DO, TBI rehab director

12/8: Katlyn Baker, PT, DPT, NCS, neurologic physical therapist + Brook Harshbarger, PT, DPT, concussion physical therapist

12/15: BRAIN Undergraduate Students: Neuroplasticity Presentation

2020 Sessions

Learn and ask questions about how the coronavirus pandemic impacts brain injury survivorship in an open forum with Dr. Sheital Bavishi, Medical Director of Ohio State's TBI Rehabiltation Program.

Social distancing and troubling news can be stressful for anyone. In this session, Drs. Anthea Gray, Ruchika Prakash, and Kathy Wright show you how daily schedules, sleep routines, and mindfulness practices can help you to reduce stress and mood challenges.

Staying active at home is great for physical and mental wellness. Physical therapist Alicia Kempton and nurse practitioner Susan Bowman Burpee lead an interactive chair yoga session, plus offer tips and resources for safe exercising at home.

Learn how relationships, especially intimate ones, can change and recover following chronic injury or illness. Dr. Lisa Batchos, Rehabilitation Psychologist at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center discusses how rehabilitation psychology can help improve sexuality and intimacy for survivors and their loved ones.

Dr. Mallory Kasper, Physical Therapist, discusses actions you can take to start and improve relationships, and to safely meet, date, and connect over the internet.

Learn how to plan for disability expenses, how to understand new policies, and more with financial planner Logan Phillips. This session is especially great for caregivers.

Music is a fantastic way to reduce stress, improve mood, and connect with others. Dr. Eugenia Costa-Giomi will explain how music helps you to stay well, and will lead a therapeutic drumming session using items you have at home.

Knowledge is power! Learn how your brain responds to injury, how and why brain injury survivors develop persistent symptoms, and how we can evaluate and intervene using technology. Neurologist Andrew Sas, MD, and rehab scientist Jaclyn Caccese, PhD, will give you a good foundation on the clinical side of brain injury