Research Study on Resilience After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

About the Study

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.

You may be eligible if you:

  • Are at least 18 years of age;
  • Have had a traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) and are a least one year post injury;
  • Have pain that has lasted at least six months

Monetary compensation will be provided.

The contact information is toll-free 1.800.447.3422, ext. 7571 or by email to

Note risks: There are no known risks associated with this study other than fatigue or mild boredom. Some participants may feel discomfort responding to study questions on pain, SCI, mood, resilience, and quality of life.

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