Deborah Wilkerson Award
Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award
Supported by CARF International
2016 AWARD RECIPIENT
In 2016, ACRM honors Yelena Goldin, PhD for the significant contributions she has made during her early career work. Dr. Goldin will present Attention Network Functions in Adults With Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury during the ACRM 93rd Annual Conference in Chicago where she will receive her award.
This study investigated the behavioral efficiency of the alerting, orienting, and executive attention networks in 32 adults (12 mild, 20 moderate-severe) with chronic traumatic brain injury (TBI) compared to healthy controls. Results revealed medium group effects for the alerting (Eta Squared=0.06) and orienting (Eta Squared=0.04) networks and strong effects for the executive network (Eta Squared=0.16). Executive network deficiency was further confirmed by a sub-study involving quantitative electroencephalogram of 13 TBI patients relative to controls acquired during attention network performance. Within the TBI group, attention network efficiencies were examined based on sustained attention and in relation to neuropsychological performance.
This award is given in memory of Deborah L. Wilkerson, former ACRM president and fellow. Deborah was devoted to improving the quality of rehabilitation and independent living services. She demonstrated commitment to person-centered services and served as a powerful advocate for individuals with disabilities.
Past Award Recipients
Yelena Goldin, PhD
Tatyana Mollayeva, MD, PhD
Brad Kurowski, MD, MS
Dawn Neumann, PhD
Elizabeth Skidmore, PhD, OTR/L
Deborah Backus, PT, PhD
Ronald Seel, PhD
Anne F. Deutsch, PhD
Cynthia Harrison Felix, PhD
Angelle Sanders, PhD
Stephen J. Page, PhD
- Candidate must be within five years of completion of training.
- Candidates have made significant contributions to rehabilitation research during their early career work.
- Candidate does not need to be employed within a Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, but must be conducting rehabilitation research.
- Candidate must be a current member of ACRM.
- Candidate must attend the current year's ACRM annual conference.
- The candidate does not need to be the senior author on all papers submitted as part of the application process, but must be the senior author on at least one of the papers submitted.
- Members may self-nominate.
NOMINATIONS MUST INCLUDE:
- A statement of approximately 500 words in length outlining the nominee's research accomplishments in rehabilitation.
- Three letters of support written by ACRM members. Letters should be emailed to Terri Compos, Community Relations Manager.
- 3 to 5 peer-reviewed publications. Manuscripts accepted, but not yet published, are acceptable as well as those already in print.
- A CV for the nominee.
Demonstration of service to ACRM, although not a required criteria, will be considered in review of the application. As such, it is advantageous to discuss any such service in one's application statement.
SUBMITTING A NOMINATION
Submit nominations to the Awards Committee by emailing Terri Compos, Community Relations Manager.
MAKE A DONATION
This award is made possible through the generous support of CARF International and Deborah's friends, family and colleagues through the Deborah L. Wilkerson Memorial Fund. Make a donation and support this important Early Career award.