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UTRF Inventor Spotlight: Dr. Thereasa Abrams

An estimated 486,000 burn injuries require medical treatment every year – 40,000 of which require hospitalization, according to the American Burn Association. Around 30,000 of these hospitalizations are treated by medical professionals with specialized burn care training at any of the 128 burn centers around the country.

Thereasa Abrams, an assistant professor of social work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is seeking to improve outcomes for burn survivors. Her research focuses on burn patients and how social workers might better meet the needs of survivors in underserved regions of the country. Currently, much of her work centers around the development of a healthcare app, the Bridge Mobile App for Burn Patients.