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Sleep After Brain Injury


This is a LIVE  virtual event.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. This event will be held over the Zoom platform.  You will receive an email invite to join the meeting.


Sleep After Brain Injury

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021
9:30 – 11:00 AM (AZ time)


Sleep is everything. Sleep (the lack of) can significantly impact brain function for everyone, and individuals are particularly at risk for sleep disturbance after brain injury. The assessment and treatment of sleep disorders is critical in behavior management and health promotion.

This presentation will discuss:

  • Sleep and dementing disease, and how too little sleep increases the spread of cellular pathology  
  • Various sleep disorders after brain injury
  • The assessment of sleep disorders
  • Behavioral health management of sleep problems



Kim Gorgens, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Kim Gorgens is a full-time Professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. She teaches Psychophysiology, Clinical Neuropsychology, and Psychology of Criminal Behavior, manages a portfolio of TBI-related research, and has lectured extensively on those issues (including a 2010 TED talk on youth sports concussion, a 2018 TED talk on brain injuries in jail, several NPR spots and an interview on CNN with Anderson Cooper). She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology and is board certified in Rehabilitation Psychology. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Division 22, Rehabilitation Psychology.


In addition to her work with medical patients in various settings, she also engages in advocacy and leadership around disability and TBI awareness and previously served as the Chair of Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund, President of the Colorado Neuropsychological Society and Chair of the American Psychology Association Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology. She is currently serving on the board of the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology as Vice President and is an elected Council Representative for the American Psychological Association. In her role on the Colorado Brain Injury Legislative Collaborative, Dr. Gorgens was involved in drafting and supporting the 2011 concussion law for the State of Colorado (Senate Bill 40 – The Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act).

Dr. Gorgens is also passionate about education and women’s leadership (as an LIWP and HERS alumna). She previously served on the leadership board of the Center for Workforce Education and Employment.  She also engages in community education and outreach in areas of disability awareness, biopsychosocial models and criminality–her lectures are featured in venues around the country.

As the Director of Continuing Education (CE) and Professional Development at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, Kim has secured accreditation for the University of Denver to be a recognized provider of CE to mental health professionals. As the founding Executive Director of the Center for Professional Development, she built interdisciplinary continuing education and non-academic professional development across four graduate programs at the University of Denver including the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, Graduate School of Social Work, Morgridge College of Education and University College and also the Colorado Womens’ College.  Her commitment to lifelong learning and novel educational strategies has established the Center as a national leader in workshop, conference, classroom and distance education. See www.du.edu/professional




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