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Pain, Mood, and Resilience after Spinal Cord Injury

The occurrence of pain and depression are common among people with SCI and have individually been associated with greater health complications, decreased independence, slower recovery, and lower quality of life. A critical need exists to understand the relations of pain and depression and to identify ameliorating factors that may moderate the relation of pain on depression and improve quality of life. Resilience has been gaining greater attention as an ameliorating factor in SCI as research is beginning to document the potential buffering effects of resilience. However, no known studies have conducted longitudinal evaluations looking at pain, depression, and the effect of resilience.

The Spinal Cord Injury and Disability Research center (SCIDR) at TIRR Memorial Hermann is conducting a national longitudinal study to evaluate these relationships. We are requesting 200 adult volunteers who have a traumatic spinal cord injury (at least 1 year since injury) along with chronic pain (defined as pain for at least 6 months) from across the United States. Volunteers will be asked to complete assessments by phone and/or internet at four time points (baseline, 4 month, 8 month, and 12 month) and will receive compensation for their time.

Contact by phone: toll-free 1.800.447.3422 ext. 7571, or 713.797.7571, or by email: Aime.Urquieta [at]

The Pain, Mood, and Resilience Study is being funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, ACL, NIDILRR and conducted by Principal Investigator, Dr. Heather Taylor (713.797.5908) from TIRR-Memorial Hermann's Spinal Cord Injury and Disability Research Center (SCIDR).