Sending brainwaves: Specialist helps people with brain injuries

Justin Boseck, neuropsychology resident and certified brain injury specialist at Trinity Health in Minot, has the brain for helping people and spends his days at Trinity Health Center- Riverside doing just that. Neuropsychology is a branch of medicine that studies the structure and function of the brain in regards to specific psychological processes and behavior.

Boseck came to Trinity Health in this past January and is working to start a task force to highlight the impact that fetal alcohol spectrum disorder has on people. Before coming to Minot, he lived in New Jersey, Indiana and was born and raised in Minnesota.

Eagle Bend, Minn., where Boseck is from, is a town that has about 562 people and one stoplight. Boseck left there to pursue a degree in psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead. He was involved in clinical research for two years at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute in Fargo, received a master’s degree in school psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., and earned a doctorate in clinical neuropsychology from Ball State University. Prior to his arrival at Trinity Health, he worked at the Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health in Gibbsboro, N.J.

Interested in being closer to family, Boseck said he decided to return to this area, and Trinity offered to bring him aboard.

“I’ve been accepted here and people are so friendly here,” he added.

When in high school, he took his first psychology class and really liked studying people, Boseck said. He also was fascinated by the story of Phineas Gage, an American railroad construction foreman who survived having an iron rod driven completely through his head that destroyed much of his brain’s frontal lobe. Gage’s personality was said to have been drastically changed from the injury. His story is a fixture in the study of neurology, psychology and related fields. Boseck said the story influenced him to further study in the field of psychology.

In the course of a typical day at the office, Boseck said, he sees patients, does diagnostics and assessments for patients, and does cognitive rehabilitation with people with brain injuries.

“It’s very patient-oriented, but I’m also very interested in research,” he added. Boseck gives presentations at annual conferences as well as gives lectures.

“I just love working with people,” Boseck noted. “There’s nothing like being able to help a family after going through an assessment and them telling you what you did was extremely helpful for their child or family member.”

However, Boseck said he also likes to give talks to large groups because he feels he can help more people in an hour through providing information.

“Everything I do is a puzzle,” Boseck said. “When you get the assessment test back, you piece together the results and it’s like a puzzle and that’s fascinating.” The field of neuropsychology is evolving, he added, and it’s fun to be a part of that.

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