Multiple Sclerosis and Work Individual Factors Impacting Employment - Dr. Lauren Strober

The presentation will focus on employment issues faced by individuals living with multiple sclerosis (MS) and the known factors associated with unemployment in MS. The talk will also include recent findings with regard to the role of disease and person-specific factors and how they contribute to either leaving the workforce or staying employed. Finally, a discussion of the outcomes of unemployment will be provided as well as the importance of staying active if leaving the workforce.

Learning outcomes:
• Participants will develop a greater understanding about employment issues in multiple sclerosis (MS) and the factors most associated with either leaving the workforce or staying employed.
• Individuals will obtain a great appreciation for the person-specific factors (e.g., personality, self-efficacy) and their role on employment status as well as other factors associated with health related quality of life, coping, and management of one’s MS.

Dr. Lauren Strober is a Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research and Director of the Positive Health and Well-being Laboratory at Kessler Foundation. Dr. Strober completed her doctoral work in Clinical Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University, and further completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Clinical Neuropsychology. Her research focuses on identifying disease- and person-specific factors that influence health and well-being among individuals with neurological or medical conditions, particularly multiple sclerosis (MS). The forefront of her research is about improving the care for individuals with MS and assuring that they can live their fullest lives possible. Dr. Strober has authored over 45 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has received over $2 million in grant funding as a principal investigator in this area.


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