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Licht Award

This award honors Sidney Licht, MD, a longtime ACRM member and former president, and his wife Elizabeth, who was the publisher of the Physical Medicine Library. The Elizabeth and Sidney Licht Award recognizes excellence in scientific writing in rehabilitation medicine. Only articles presenting potentially significant empirical and theoretical contributions to rehabilitation medicine, and demonstrating soundness of methodology and data analysis are considered for the award.


Only papers published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitationare eligible for the award. The Archives ACRM Editorial Board, along with the ACRM Awards Committee, selects a winning manuscript every year. The award is given in the current year for the best scientific article published in the previous year.



Lisa Ottomanelli, PhD
Lance L. Goetz, MD
Alina Suris, PhD
Charles McGeough, MS
Patricia L. Sinnott, PhD
Rich Toscano, MEd
Scott D. Barnett, PhD
Daisha J. Cipher, PhD
Lisa M. Lind, PhD
Thomas M. Dixon, PhD
Sally Ann Holmes, MD
Anthony J. Kerrigan, PhD
Florian P. Thomas, MD

“Effectiveness of Supported Employment for Veterans With Spinal Cord Injuries: Results From a Randomized Multisite Study”
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Vol.93, Issue 5)


Keith Cicerone, PhD, ABPP, FACRM
Donna Langenbahn, PhD, FACRM
Cynthia Braden, MA, CCC-SLP, CPHQ
James Malec, PhD, ABPP-Cn Rp, FACRM
Kathleen Kalmar, PhD
Michael Fraas, OTD, MSCI
Thomas Felicetti, PhD, FACRM
Linda Laatsch, PhD
J. Preston Harley, PhD, FACRM
Thomas Bergquist, PhD, ABPP
Joanne Azulay, PhD
Joshua Cantor, PhD
Teresa Ashman, PhD

“Evidence-Based Cognitive Rehabilitation: Updated Review of the Literature from 2003 through 2008″
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2011 Apr;92(4):519-30. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2010.11.015


No award was made.


Thomedi Ventura, MS
Cynthia Harrison-Felix, PhD
Nichole Carlson, PhD
Carolyn DiGuiseppi, MD
Barbara Gabella, MSPH
Allen Brown, MD
Michael DeVivo, DrPH
Gale Whiteneck, PhD

“Mortality After Discharge From Acute Care Hospitalization With Traumatic Brain Injury: A Population-Based Study”


Charles H. Bombardier, PhD
Mary Cunniffe, MSW
RohiniWadhwani, BA
Laura E. Gibbons, PhD
Kimberly D. Blake, PhD
George H. Kraft, MD

“The Efficacy of Telephone Counseling for Health Promotion in People With Multiple Sclerosis: A Randomized Controlled Trial”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 89(1):10-5, 2008 Jan. UI: 18164324


Barbara E. Bates, MD
Jibby E. Kurichi, MPH
Clifford R. Marshall, MS
Dean Reker, PhD
Greg Maislin, MS, MA
Margaret G. Stineman, MD

“Does the Presence of a Specialized Rehabilitation Unit in a Veterans Affairs Facility Impact Referral for Rehabilitative Care After a Lower-Extremity Amputation?”
Arch Phys MedRehabil 2007; 1249-1255


Cindy B. Ivanhoe, MD
Gerard E. Francisco, MD
John R. McGuire, MD
Thyagarajan Subramanian, MD
Samuel P. Grissom, MD

“Intrathecal Baclofen Management of Poststroke Spastic Hypertonia: Implications for Function and Quality of Life.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2006; 87: 1509-1515


Alan M. Jette, PhD, PT
Julie Keysor, PhD, PT
Wendy Coster, PhD, OTR
Pengsheng Ni, MD, MPH
Stephen Haley, PhD, PT

“Beyond Function: Predicting Participation in a Rehabilitation Cohort.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2005; 86: 2087-2094


David T. Yu, MD
John Chae, MD, ME
Maria E. Walker, MSE
Andrew Kirsteins, MD
Elie P. Elovic, MD
Steven R. Flanagan, MD
Richard L. Harvey, MD
Richard D. Zorowitz, MD
Frederick S. Frots, MD
Julie H. Grill, MSE
Michael Feldstein, PhD
Zi-Ping Fang, PhD

“Intramuscular Neuromuscular Electric Stimulation for Poststroke Shoulder Pain: A Multicenter Randomized Clinical.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2004; 85: 695-704


Patrick Murray, MD, MS,
Mendel Singer, PhD
Neal V. Dawson, MD
Charles L. Thomas, BS
Randall Cebul, MD

“Outcomes of rehabilitation services for nursing home residents.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2003; 84: 1129-36


K. Sullivan, PhD, PT
Barbara J. Knowlton, PhD
Bruce Dobkin, MD

“Step Training with Body Weight Support: Effect of Treadmill Speed and Practice Paradigms on Post-stroke Locomotor Recovery.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2002; 83: 683-9


P. Hunter Peckham, PhD
Michael W. Keith, MD
Kevin L. Kilgore, PhD
Julie H. Grill, MS
Kathy S. Wuolle, OTR/L, CHT
Geoffrey B. Thorpe
Peter Gorman, MD
John Hobby, FRCS
M.J. Mulcahey, OTR/L
Sara Carroll, PT
Vincent R. Hentz, MD
Allen Wieger, PhD

“Efficacy of an Implanted Neuroprosthesis for restoring Hand Grasp in Tetraplegia: A Multicenter Study.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2001; 82: 1380-88.


Margaret G. Stineman, MD

“A Functional Diagnostic Complexity Index for rehabilitation Medicine: Measuring the Influence of Many Diagnoses on Functional Independence and Resource Use.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2000; 81: 549-60


Mary Aitken, MD
Kenneth Jaffe, MD
Carla DiScala, PhD
Frederick P. Rivera, MD

“Functional Outcome in Children With Multiple Trauma Without Significant Head Injury.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1999; 80: 889-95


David E. Krebs, PhD, PT
Alan M. Jette, PhD, PT
Susan F. Assmann, PhD

“Moderate Exercise Improves Gait Stability in Disabled Elders.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1998; 79: 1489-96


D. Casey Kerrigan, MD
Hussein M. Abdulhadi, MD
Thomas A. Ribaudo, MS
Ugo Della Croce, PhD

“Biomechanic effects of a contralateral shoe-lift on walking with am immobilized knee.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1997; 78: 1085-91


Margaret G. Stineman, MD
Judy A. Shea, PhD
Alan Jette, PhD
Charles Tassoni, PhD
Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD
Roger Fiedler, PhD
Carl V. Granger, MD

“The Functional Independence Measure: Tests of scaling assumptions, structure, and reliability across 20 diverse impairment categories.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1996; 77: 1101-8


Marca L. Sipski, MD
Craig J. Alexander, PhD
Raymond C. Rosen, PhD

“Physiological parameters associated with psychogenic sexual arousal I women with complete spinal cord injuries.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1995; 76: 811-8


Denise G. Tate, PhD
William Stiers, PhD
Julie Daugherty, MA, CRC
Martin Forchheimer, MPP
Evan Cohen, PhD
Nancy Hansen, PhD

“The effects of insurance benefits coverage on functional and psychosocial outcomes after spinal cord injury.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1994; 75: 407-14


Geraldine Gutierrez, MD
Gerald J. Herbison, MD
Paz Vega, MS
Joseph Nasuti, MD
Elizabeth Cook, MD
Walter Conlan, MD

“Recovery of the extensor digitorumlongus muscle in the rat following L4 nerve sectioning.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1993; 74: 922-7


Kenneth M. Jaffe, MD
Gayle C. Fay, PhD
Nayak Lincoln Polissar, PhD
Kathleen Martin, MN, RN
Hilary Shurtleff, PhD
J’May B. Rivera, MSW
H. Richard Winn, MD

“Severity of pediatric traumatic brain injury and early neurobehavioral outcome: A cohort study.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1992; 73: 540-7


Scott Richards, PhD
Frederick J. Osuna, AB
Theresa Jaworski, MA
Thomas A. Novack, PhD
Dano A. Leli, PhD
Thomas. J. Boll, PhD

“The effectiveness of different methods of defining traumatic brain injury in predicting postdischarge adjustment in a spinal cord injury population.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1991; 72: 275-9


Nadine M. Fisher, EdM
David R. Pendergast, EdD
Evan C. Calkins, MD

“Maximal isometric torque of kneeextension as a function of muscle length in older subjects.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1990; 71: 729-34


Justus F. Lehman, MD
Robert Price, MSME
Barbara J. deLateur, MD
Stephen Hinderer, MD
Charles Traynor, BS

“Spasticity: Quantative measurements as a basis for assessing effectiveness of therapeutic intervention.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1989; 70: 6-15


Thomas W. Findley, MD, PhD
James C. Agre, MD, PhD

“Ambulation in the adolescent with spina bifida. II. Oxygen cost of mobility.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1988; 69: 855-61


Robert Thompson, PhD
Peter W. Huestis, MA
Jen Yu, MD, PhD

“Motor learning: Nonspecific subcortical mechanisms in rat.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1987; 68: 419-22


Jeffrey R. Basford, MD, PhD
Horace O. Hallman, MS, RPT
Charles G. Sheffield, RPT
George L. Mackey, RPT

“Comparison of cold-quartz, ultraviolet, low-energy laser, and occlusion in wound healing in a swine model.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1986; 67: 151-4


Wayne A. Gordon, PhD
Mary Ruckdeschel Hibbard, PhD
Susan Egelko, PhD
Leonard Diller, PhD
Martha Scotzin Shaver, MS
Abraham Lieberman, MD
KristjanRagnarsson, MD

“Perceptual remediation in patients with right brain damage: A Comprehensive program.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1985; 66: 353-9


GerbenDeJong, PhD
Laurence G. Branch, PhD
Paul J. Corcoran, MD

“Independent living outcomes in spinal cord injury: Multivariate analyses.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1984; 65: 66-73


M. Patricia Murray, PhD
Louise A. Mollinger, MS
Susan B. Sepic, BS
Gena M. Gardner, BS
Marcia T. Linder, BS

“Gait patterns in above-knee amputee patients: Hydraulic swing control vs constant-friction knee components.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1983; 64: 339-45


Justus F. Lehmann, MD
Michael J. Ko, MS
Barbara J. deLateur, MD

“Knee moments: Origin in normal ambulation and their modification by double-stopped ankle-foot orthoses.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1982; 63: 345-51


Nancy M. Crewe, PhD
Gary T. Athelstan, PhD

“Functional assessment in vocational rehabilitation: A systematic approach to diagnosis and goal setting.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1981; 62: 299-305


David Cardus, MD
Wesley G. McTaggart, BS
Francisca Ribas-Cardu, MS

“Exercise training in ischemic heart disease: Effect on physical performance and plasma lipids, ACTH, and cortisol.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1980; 61: 303-10


Carl V. Granger, MD
Gary L. Albrecht, PhD
Byron B. Hamilton, MD, PhD

“Outcome of comprehensive medical rehabilitation: Measurement by PULSES Profile and Barthel Index.”
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1979; 60:145-54