Life Outcomes after Brain Injury Research Program

Our Team

Pat Sample, Ph.D., M.Div. Pat Sample
Department of Occupational Therapy

Pat Sample has a long history of interest in services and service access for children and adults with disabilities, primarily those with traumatic brain injury (TBI), qualitative research, research methods, and more recently - screening tool development. Her primary research areas include: children and adults with TBI: identification of TBI, service needs, service access, and life outcomes. In the past decade Pat and her research partners have developed and tested the Brain Check Survey, a screening tool to help identify struggling school students who may have an unidentified traumatic brain injury. Earlier research areas of Pat’s included transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities, and participatory action research (PAR) to assist persons with disabilities in answering research questions of importance to them.

Prior to being hired onto the OT Department faculty, Pat was the co-Director of the Center for Community Partnerships (in the CSU OT Department). In 2005, Pat received her PhD in occupational/vocational education – special needs emphasis, from the School of Education at CSU.

Aside from her research activities, Pat currently teaches OT 620 and 640 – Research to Practice I & II, is advising three 2nd year and two 1st year thesis students, chairs the OT Curriculum Committee, represents the OT Department on the CAHS Curriculum Committee, is a member of the PhD in Occupation and Rehabilitation Science Planning Committee, serves on the OT Tenure and Promotion Committee, and is a member of the Faculty Search Committee.

David Greene, Ph.D., OTR David Greene
Associate Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy

David came to CSU from Louisiana – twice! He received his BS in occupational therapy in 1977 and MS in anatomy in 1984 both from Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans. In 1996 he earned a PhD in vocational education from CSU. He was born and raised and lived in New Orleans until moving to Fort Collins in the late 1980s. David is happy to have finally teamed up in research with his comrade, Pat Sample, with whom David has team-taught research classes for this latter (and final) period of his uneventful academic career.

Nikole Johns, M.S., OTR/L Nikole Johns
Occupational Therapist
LOBI Research Coordinator
Lab Instructor
Department of Occupational Therapy

Nikole graduated from Colorado State University’s Masters of Science Program in Occupational Therapy in 2000. Before pursuing OT, Nikole studied at Adams State College (now Adams State University) in Alamosa, CO where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Leisure Science. During the past 14 years, Nikole has worked as an OTR in a variety of settings most recently in the area of Outpatient/Home-based therapy in Northern Colorado. Nikole has been involved with CSU’s OT Department coordinating numerous research projects in the area of Traumatic Brain Injury with Dr. Pat Sample. Helping her client’s to live the highest quality of life and the highest level of independence has always been Nikole’s priority. Nikole is also the instructor of the Adult to Old Age Lab in the CSU Master’s Program. She enjoys sharing her own passion for the world of OT with the graduate students.

In addition to Nikole’s professional interests, she and her husband keep busy raising their four young children. Nikole enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as enjoying the great oudoors including running, snowshoeing, hiking, camping, and traveling.

Maureen Palmer Maureen
After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Maureen worked in public health and human rights organizations. She worked with AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) doing outreach, and as a human rights representative, at Instituto Internazionale Marie Ausiliatrice (IIMA). These experiences propelled her into her pursuits as an occupational therapy student. Her passion for advocacy and interest in policy is channeled into her work at LOBI. Maureen is excited for a future of promoting social justice and whole-person health as an occupational therapist.

Maureen's other interests include: hiking, running, Sprouts double-deal Wednesdays, Latin music and literature, and her Research to Practice course at CSU.