Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming
Cmdr. Alicia Souvignier, U.S. Public Health Service
DVBIC Site Director
The DVBIC site, which is located at Fort Carson within Warrior Recovery Center, meets the DVBIC mission by providing cutting edge clinical research involving new treatments for TBI, in addition to TBI education and recovery support to our region’s active duty, reserve, guard and community populations.
Our region includes Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
Regional Education and Outreach
- Outreach across our six state region
- Community awareness & prevention
- Patient and family education
- Health care provider education
- Professional and ancillary staff education
- Frequent “Back to Basics” mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) classes
- Reintegration classes for post-deployed Service members and family members
- 1SGT/CDR Pre-Command Course-mTBI class
- Outreach to Army, Navy and Air Force personnel to include reserve and National Guard and veterans of all branches of service
- Family Readiness Group (FRG) Briefs
- Family Readiness Group (FRG), Family Readiness Support Assistant (FRSA) and Rear Detachment Trainings
- Pre-deployment briefs
- Command briefs
- In-service training for Army Community Service (ACS) staff
- In-service training for Military Family Life Counselors (MFLCs), licensed social workers who work with the service members and their families
- WTU briefs for service members and cadre
- In-Garrison Concussion Training for Soldiers/line leaders and Medical In-Garrison Concussion Training for medics/ medical personnel
Our primary research focus is on the detection of physiological changes to the brain after traumatic brain injury, and the correcting of functional problems by focusing on the capacity of neurons and neuron networks in the brain to change their connections and behavior in response to new information.
To throw light on the electrophysiological foundation of cognitive and emotional symptoms that can persist after TBI, and the evaluation of novel therapies such as:
- Motor planning and sequencing training (Interactive Metronome Therapy)
- Peripheral and central nervous system-based biofeedback training (Neurofeedback)
- Electrophysiological stimulation techniques (e.g., Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, or TCDS)
- Evaluation of deployment related TBI screening tools
- Development of computerized, kiosk-based, mass assessment methods and systems
- Validation of the WARCAT TBI screening tool.