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    John Stanley Coulter Award


    Alan Jette

    Alan Jette, PT, PhD, MPH

    2016 Recipient

    ACRM is pleased to honor Alan M. Jette, PT, PhD, MPH, with the 2016 John Stanley Coulter Award. Dr. Jette will present the award lecture, How Rehabilitation Can Thrive in a Challenging Healthcare Environment, on 4 November 2016, during the ACRM 93rd Annual Conference in Chicago.

    Alan M. Jette is Professor of Health Law, Policy & Management at Boston University’s School of Public Health, Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at the MGH Institute of Health Professions and serves as Editor-in-Chief of Physical Therapy.

    Dr. Jette’s research interests include late-life exercise, evaluation of rehabilitation treatment outcomes, and the measurement, epidemiology, and prevention of disability. Dr. Jette is an international expert in the development of contemporary outcome measurement instruments to evaluate health care quality and outcomes. He has published over 240 peer reviewed articles on these topics.

    From 1996-2004 he served as Dean of Boston University’s Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences. He chaired the Institute of Medicine’s 2007 study, The Future of Disability in America.  From 2010-2011, he served on the NIH Blue Ribbon Panel that evaluated NIH research in rehabilitation. From 2011-2014, he co-chaired the IOM Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence.  In 2013, he was elected as a member of the IOM.

    He received a BS in physical therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1973 and an MPH (1975) and PhD (1979) in public health from the University of Michigan.



    To be named the Coulter Lecturer is to be recognized as one whose professional achievements have contributed significantly to the field of rehabilitation, as did Dr. John Stanley Coulter. After his death on December 16, 1949, the Board of Governors of the American Congress of Physical Medicine, as the ACRM was named at that time, established a fund to provide for a series of Coulter Lectures "as an expression of devotion to their departed colleague and leader." Since 1951, the John Stanley Coulter Lecture has been a highlight of every annual meeting of the ACRM.

    The first Lecture was presented at the organization's 29th Annual Session in Denver on September 5, 1951. Given in the form of a eulogy to Dr. Coulter by Kristian G. Hansson, MD, the lecture provided a quick sketch of the man many in the field regard as "the father of physical medicine and rehabilitation."

    "All human enterprises have leaders and so has medicine," Dr. Hansson said in his eulogy. "Physical medicine was fortunate to have such a leader in Dr. Coulter. He proved his leadership in many ways, as a soldier, as an author and editor, as a physician, and as a friend to those who sought his advice."

    Serving in the US Army from 1911 to 1920, Dr. Coulter was sent to France during the first World War, where he took charge of the first overseas convalescent and rehabilitation center. There he first became associated with physical and occupational therapy.

    He was assistant editor of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Acta Americana, contributing more than 50 articles on physical medicine and rehabilitation for medical journals.

    Dr. Coulter specialized in PM&R and introduced the practice of PT and OT in the treatment of industrial workers disabled by accidents and disease. He helped to establish the AMA Council on Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and was its chairman from 1942 to 1949. Always striving to improve the training of physical therapy technicians, he was instrumental in forming the American Registry of Physical Therapy Technicians.



    The ACRM Program Committee nominates candidates for the John Stanley Coulter Award.  Award recipients present the prestigious John Stanley Coulter Lecture during the ACRM Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research.

    Award Recipients

    4 November 2016, Chicago
    Alan M. Jette, PT, PhD, MPH
    Moving from Dissemination to Implementation

    29 October 2015, Dallas
    Michael Boninger, MD
    Neuroprosthetics to Wheelchairs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Assistive Technology

    11 October 2014, Toronto
    V. Reggie Edgerton, PhD
    Improvements in Motor Function After SCI  With Neuromodulation is Highly Dependent on Activity-Dependent Mechanisms

    16 November 2013, Orlando
    Allen Heinemann, PhD, FACRM
    Measuring, Managing, and Predicting Rehabilitation Outcomes: Reflections on Nearly 30 Years of ACRM Membership and a Research Agenda

    13 October 2012, Vancouver
    Susan Harkema, PhD
    Neuromodulation of Spinal Circuitry for Recovery after Neurologic Injury

    15 October 2011, Atlanta
    Keith Cicerone, PhD, ABPP, FACRM

    October 2010, Montreal
    Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
    Fulfilling the Promise: Supporting Participation in Daily Life

    October 2009, Denver
    Robert “Bobby” Silverstein, BS, JD
    The Anatomy of Change: The Need for Effective Disability Change Agents

    October 18, 2008, Toronto
    Ruth Brannon, MSPH, MA
    Rehabilitation Research: Blueprint for the Future

    October 6, 2007, Washington DC
    John Whyte, MD, PhD, FACRM
    A Grand Unified Theory of Rehabilitation (We Wish!)

    September 30, 2006, Boston
    Martin Grabois, MD, FACRM
    Through the Looking Glass: A Personal View of Health Care Reform in Rehabilitation Medicine

    October 1, 2005, Chicago
    Denise Tate, PhD, ABPP, FACRM
    The State of Rehabilitation Research: Art or Science?

    September 11, 2004, Ponte Vedra Beach
    Leonard Diller, PhD, ABPP/ABCN
    Pushing the Frames of Reference in Cognitive Rehabilitation

    October 25, 2003, Tucson
    Joel A. DeLisa, MD, MS
    Shaping the Future of Medical Rehabilitation Research: Using the Interdisciplinary Research Model

    October 5, 2002, Philadelphia
    Paul Bach-Y-Rita, MD
    Brain Plasticity as a Basis for Late Neurologic Rehabilitation

    October 27, 2001, Tucson
    Lex Frieden, MA
    Listening for Footsteps (Rehabilitation and Independent Living)

    October 21, 2000, Hilton Head
    Lauro S. Halstead, MD
    The Power of Compassion and Caring in Rehabilitation Healing

    October 16, 1999, Orlando
    Margaret A. Nosek, PhD
    Overcoming the Odds: The Health of Women With Physical Disabilities in the US

    November 8, 1998, Seattle
    John F. Ditunno, Jr., MD
    Predicting Recovery After Spinal Cord Injury: A Rehabilitation Imperative

    September 13, 1997, Boston
    Florence P. Kendall, PT
    Sister Elizabeth Kenny Revisited. (This address was published in the Archives, but illness prevented Mrs. Kendall from presenting her address in Boston.) GerbenDeJong, PhD substituted as the Coulter Luncheon speaker on "The Growth Maturation, and Consolidation of the Medical Rehabilitation Industry and Their Implications for ACRM's Research Mission."

    October 15, 1996, Chicago
    Robert G. Frank, PhD
    Lessons from the Great Battle: Health Care Reform, 1992-1994

    June 25, 1995, Arlington
    Richard Bruno, PhD
    PostpolioSequelae and the Paradigms of the 50s: Newtie, Ozzie, and Harriet Versus Paradigms of Caring and a Future for Rehabilitation in America

    June 11, 1994, Minneapolis
    Gale G. Whiteneck, PhD
    Measuring What Matters: Key Rehabilitation Outcomes

    June 25, 1993, Denver
    Gerben DeJong, PhD
    Health Care Reform and Disability: Affirming Our Commitment to Community

    November 15, 1992, San Francisco
    Jean Cole Spencer, PhD, OTR
    The Usefulness of Qualitive Methods in Rehabilitation: Issues of Meaning, of Context, and of Change

    October 29, 1991, Washington DC
    Mark L. Rosenberg, MD
    Injury Control: Meeting the Challenge

    October 23, 1990, Phoenix
    Carolyn L. Vash, PhD
    New Venues, New Allies, New Ways

    John Stanley Coulter Awardees 2009 – 1951