Date of Award

Fall 9-18-2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

PhD Health Sciences


Health and Medical Sciences


Genevieve Pinto-Zipp, Ed.D.

Committee Member

Terrence Cahill, Ed.D.

Committee Member

Fortunato Battaglia, Ph.D.


Concussion, Sensory Processing, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI), Quality of Life (QOL)


Background: Approximately 10-20% of individuals who sustain a concussion will experience post-concussion syndrome, defined as symptomology beyond the traditional 7-10-day concussion recovery period. A particular area of symptomology, sensory processing deficits was explored in this study to ascertain the prevalence of these deficits along with possible associations with QOL and everyday functional outcomes. Methods: This study was a prospective, cross-sectional, quantitative study using a consecutive and convenience sampling model. The research participants were recruited from an outpatient occupational therapy program at an academic medical center. Normative data from two different sensory processing outcome tools were used in the analysis. Results: The total sample size was N=28 which included (n=9) males and (n=19) females. Research participants exhibited statistically mean differences in all four quadrants of the ASP (p