About BrainSTEPS


Sarah Krusen, MA CCC/SLP CBIST

Philadelphia Team Facilitator

Sarah Krusen MA CCC/SLP CBIST is a speech language pathologist for the Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22, Bucks IU BrainSTEPS Team Leader. She is also the BrainSTEPS Team Facilitator for Philadelphia County Sarah tamed her undergraduate degree from Temple University in Speech Language Hearing Science. She went on to complete her Master’s degree at The College of New Jersey in Speech Language Pathology. She has since also earned a graduate certificate from George Washington University in Transition Special Education and Brain Injury. She also holds a certificate as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer through The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS). After graduate school Sarah was employed at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in The Children’s Seashore House as a speech language pathologist in neurorehabilitation and was also an evaluating therapist on the Stroke Team. She also worked at St. Mary Rehabilitation Hospital, per diem, with adults with brain injury Since coming to the Bucks County Intermediate Unit in the fall of 2007, Sarah has continued to support individuals with brain injuries as they return to school and require support in schools due to their acquired brain injuries.

About Us

BrainSTEPS State Program-Level

Maggie Lockovich,CBIS-AP

BrainSTEPS Team Facilitator & Regional Team Liaison- Western PA

Ilsa Loetzbeier

Regional Team Liaison- Eastern Pennsylvania

Dr. Jim Wolf, CBIS

Regional Team Liaison- Eastern Pennsylvania

Kelley Avena

 Administrative Coordinator

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Return to Learn Concussion Management Teams (Officially Trained by BrainSTEPS):

In 2013, BrainSTEPS created an ancillary model for concussion management in Pennsylvania. To date, over 3,000 Return to Learn Concussion Management Teams (RTL CMTs) in school districts across PA have been trained to monitor a student’s academics and symptoms. The RTL CMT is NOT a BrainSTEPS Team. They are two separate teams. Instead, the RTL CMT sits at the school building level, and supports the student for the initial 4 weeks post-concussion, prior to the school making a BrainSTEPS referral if the student does not recover at that time for higher level brain injury consultation. The RTL CMT follows the Return to School Recommended Protocol created by BrainSTEPS & the PA Department of Education.Brenda