Intervention to Change Affect Recognition and Empathy (ICARE)

March 30 2023

IU School of Medicine and Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana researchers are conducting a study called Intervention to Change Affect Recognition and Empathy (ICARE) to find out if a new teletherapy program can help individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) better recognize and respond to others’ feelings, and improve their relationships.

You may be eligible if you:

  • Have had a traumatic brain injury at least 12 months ago (or longer).
  • Are 18 years of age or older.
  • Have a family member, partner, or friend with whom you interact with often who would be willing to participate in the study. This person will be referred to as your “ICARE partner”.
  • You have access to a computer or tablet capable of videoconferencing.

If you are eligible and choose to participate, your involvement will include five virtual (e.g., secure videoconferencing)  assessments and 12 virtually delivered training sessions. Seven of the training sessions will teach you to identify emotions from facial expressions and 5 of the sessions will train skills related to empathy. An ICARE partner you identify will be expected to attend as many of the 5 empathy sessions as possible. All treatment will be delivered by a trained study member.

Participants may be eligible to receive compensation for their time.

If you would like to participate or have questions, please contact Raven Hill at 317-329-2043 or