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University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
912 S Wood Street, Room 855N
Chicago, IL 60612





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Dr. Laatsch is a licensed clinical psychologist Currently she is the Director of Rehabilitation Psychology with the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation. Dr. Laatsch has been employed by the University of Illinois College of Medicine for 18 years and is an Associate Professor of Psychology.
Current Title: Director of Rehabilitation Psychology and Cognitive Rehabilitation Program

Dr. Laatsch graduated from Northwestern University in Psychology. She also obtained a Master's Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Brain Science. She has been awarded the George Yacorczyski Award for Outstanding Dissertation, the A.P.A. Graduate Student Travel Award, and the Extra Mile Award from Disabled Student Services.
Medical educaton: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and expertise in cognitiverecovery following brain injury.Dr. Laatsch has been licensed as a clinical psychologist in Illinois for 18 years.

Primary research is in determining the effectiveness of cognitive rehabilitation and developing standardized guidelines for treatment of patients with brain injury. She is also interested in expanding the use of cognitive rehabilitation to include children with acquired brain injury, bipolar disorder, and sickle cell disease. Dr. Laatsch is also involved in training of psychology students and professions in cognitive rehabilitation techniques.

Dr. Laatsch's specialty is in the evaluation and treatment of adults and children following brain injury. As a rehabilitation psychologist she completes neuropsychological testing that include functional everyday measures to assist with both educational and occupational planning. Dr. Laatsch is a specialist in cognitive rehabilitation, a systematic treatment of the cognitive deficits that often occur following an acquired brain injury. As a specialist for over 20 years, she has developed a specific approach to cognitive rehabilitation and has documented the effectiveness of this approach with a range clients who have mild to moderate brain injury. She has used functional MRI (fMRI) to help determine changes in the brain that occurs following cognitive rehabilitation.Research interest: Emotional and cognitive recovery following brain injury,attention remediation, and sensitivity of neuropsychological evaluations

Laatsch, L., Little, D, Thulborn, K, (2004). Neurobiological Basis of Cognitive Rehabilitation with fMRI in Severe TBI. The Clinical Neuropsychologists. 18(2), 176 (abstract).

Laatsch, L., Little, D., Thulborn, K., (2004) Changes in fMRI in severe traumatic brain injury: A case study. Rehabilitation Psychology, 49(3), 262-267.

Laatsch, L., Thulborn, K., Kristy, C., Shobat, D., Sweeney, J.(2004) Investigating the Neurobiological Basis of Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy with fMRI. Brain Injury, 18(10), 957-974.

Laatsch, L., Guay, J (2005). Rehabilitation of reading fluency in acquired brain injury. J. of Cognitive Rehabilitation, July-August, Vol 23(3).

Cicerone, K., Dahlberg, C., Kalmar, K., Langenbahn, D., Malec, J., Berquist, T., Felicetti, T., Giacino, J., Harley, P., Harringon, D., Herzog, J., Kneipp, S., Laatsch, L., Morse, P. (2005) Evidence-Based Cognitive Rehabilitation: Updated review of the literature from 1998-2002. Recommendations of the Cognitive Rehabilitation Committee of Brain Injury - Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 86(8), 1681-1691.

Laatsch, L, Kristy, C. (2006). Changes in fMRI activation following rehabilitation of visual processing in patients with traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, Volume 20, Issue 13/14, pp. 1367-1375.

Laatsch, L., Harrington, D., Hotz, G., Marcantuono, J., Mozzoni, M., Walsh, V., Pike Hersey, K. (2007). An evidence-based review of cognitive and behavioral rehabilitation treatment studies in children with acquired brain injury. J Head Trauma Rehab, 23(4): 248-256.