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    BI-ISIG *Celebrating 30 years*


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    The ACRM Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (BI-ISIG) promotes high standards of rehabilitation practice, education, and research among interdisciplinary professionals with common interests in brain injury.

    The BI-ISIG holds two meetings per year, one a mid-year spring meeting and the other, an annual fall meeting, which is held in conjunction with the ACRM Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research.


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    Mark Ylvisaker Memorial Lecture >>



    “What does ACRM mean to YOU?"

    James Malec, PhD, FACRM
    Indiana University School of Medicine/Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana


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    ACRM 2017 Call for Proposals

    The Program Committee invites proposals focused on research evidence and its translation into clinical practice for presentation at the ACRM 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta.



    Click to Learn More About Submitting a Proposal     ACRM Annual Conference Call for Brain Injury Rehabilitation Proposals


    Early Career Travel Scholarships to Attend Mid-Year Meeting

    Early career members of the ACRM Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (BI-ISIG) are invited to apply for a travel scholarship to attend the ACRM Mid-Year Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, 28 - 29 April 2017.

    FOUR (4) SCHOLARSHIPS– valued at $400 each will be awarded to support travel to the ACRM Mid-Year meeting in Atlanta!

    The Executive Committee of the BI-ISIG is committed to supporting early career involvement in the BI-ISIG and its task forces. There are seven (7) productive BI-ISIG task forces from which to choose. Attending the Mid-Year Meeting and getting involved in task force work is a great way to get started. Don’t miss this opportunity to network, collaborate with experienced brain injury professionals, and advance your career!


    Nominations are due 3 February 2017



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    Congratulations to BI-ISIG Elected Officers

    The following candidates were elected by the membership to serve on the BI-ISIG Executive Committee. They will take office during the BI-ISIG Summit on 3 November at the ACRM Annual Conference in Chicago.

    Kristen Dams-O'Connor

    Chair-Elect, Kristen Dams-O'Connor

    Tessa Hart

    Secretary, Tessa Hart

    Alan Weintraub

    Treasurer, Alan Weintraub

    Kristine Kingsley

    Communications Officer, Kristine Kingsley

    Dawn Neumann

    Program/Awards Officer, Dawn Neumann

    Monique Pappadis

    Early Career Officer, Monique Pappadis


    Two ACRM Members Receive BIAA Awards

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    2016 Mark Ylvisaker Memorial Pediatric Brain Injury Symposium

    Rehabilitation Interventions for Pediatric Brain Injury: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Role of Everyday People

    WED, 2 NOV // 2:15 PM – 3:30 PM

    Shari WadeShari L. Wade, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Director of Research, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

    This talk will focus on the emerging evidence base for rehabilitation interventions for pediatric brain injury including the growing evidence supporting the efficacy of problem-solving and parenting-skills interventions. Emphasis will be placed on the quality of existing evidence, challenges and opportunities for advancing pediatric TBI intervention research including using novel trial designs to address heterogeneity within the population. Consideration will also be given to how TBI interventions can incorporate “everyday people” such as parents and teachers into their design and implementation.

    Dr. Wade is a pediatric rehabilitation psychologist and professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and has investigated social environmental predictors of recovery from childhood traumatic brain injury for more than 25 years. She recently developed and tested web-based problem-solving and parenting skills interventions to facilitate child and family adaptation post injury. She is particularly interested in supporting the translation of empirically-based treatment strategies into the standard clinical care. Dr. Wade’s research has resulted in more than 140 peer-reviewed publications and she the inaugural recipient of the Jane Gillett Award from the International Pediatric Brain Injury Society.

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    Stacy Suskauer

    Stacy Suskauer Recognized as the 2016 Joshua B. Cantor Scholar

    Congratulations to Stacy J. Suskauer, MD, recipient of the BI-ISIG 2016 Joshua B. Cantor Scholar Award.  Dr. Suskauer is a pediatric physiatrist and is Director of Brain Injury Rehabilitation Programs and Director of the Brain Injury Clinical Research Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute.  She is an Associate Professor in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Read More >>


    Early Career 2016 Conference Travel Scholarship Recipients

    The Executive Committee of the BI-ISIG is committed to supporting early career involvement in the BI-ISIG. The Early Career Annual Conference Travel Scholarship is intended to help recipients attend the ACRM Annual Conference and help support participation in task force work.

    Eligible candidates must be a BI-ISIG member and actively involved in one of the 7 task forces. Additionally, they must also have the chair(s) of the task force provide an endorsement email. The scholarship involves a cash award to travel expenses to the annual conference. Recipients will be recognized and given the opportunity to meet other BI-ISG members during the SUMMIT MEETING on Thursday, 3 November 2016 from 12:45 PM – 2:15 PM. Additionally, they are encouraged to attend the Early Career Networking Group. This year's scholarship recipients are:

    Katherine O'BrienKatherine O’Brien, PhD serves as the primary Clinical Neuropsychologist for the Disorders of Consciousness Program and is the Program Manager for the Brain Injury Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, TX. Dr. O’Brien is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine. She is actively involved in education, program development, and clinical research surrounding the Disorders of Consciousness Program. She participates in the Family Education Committee of the BI-ISIG DOC Task Force.

    Yelena Guller BodienYelena Bodien, PhD, is a Research Fellow at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Instructor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Hospital at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Her research interests include investigating the neurobiology of severe brain injury and developing multimodal (e.g., neuroimaging and behavioral) tools for assessment and prognosis of this patient population. Dr. Bodien is an active member of the ACRM BI-ISIG and Disorders of Consciousness Task Force.

    Shital PavawallaShital Pavawalla, PhD, ABPP, is a board certified neuropsychologist who has worked in acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. In addition to providing patient care, she has also been a leader in the development and implementation of program-wide evidence-based practices and protocols for treatment and management of moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries. Her research interests include issues pertaining to the full continuum of severity of traumatic brain injuries, ranging from assessment limitations and outcomes of disordered consciousness to non-neurological factors that impact concussion recovery.


    Early Career 2016 Mid-Year Meeting Scholarship Recipients

    The BI-ISIG is pleased to announce the 2016 Early Career Travel Scholarship recipients. We would like to thank everyone who applied for a scholarship and congratulate those of you who were selected this year. We are confident that all three recipients will make an invaluable contribution. This year's recipients are:

    Maria Kajankova


    Maria Kajankova, PhD
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai



    Shital Pavawalla, PhD, ABPP-CN
    Sutter Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

    Emily Nader



    Emily Nalder, PhD
    Rotman Research Institute, University of Toronto


    CLICK to View SPRING 2016 IssueMoving Ahead

    This semi-annual newsletter of the ACRM BI-ISIG, reports the news, updates, progress, and opportunities that spring from the group’s many task forces and dedicated members.

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    • Moving Ahead semi-annual newsletter
    • BI-ISIG Task Forces
    • Continuing education
    • Opportunity to plan educational courses for the ACRM annual conference
    • Development of position papers
    • Joint research opportunities



    Jennifer Bogner


    Jennifer Bogner, PhD, ABPP-Rp, FACRM
    Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Prevention, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
    Columbus, OH

    Donna Langenbahn

    Past Chair

    Donna Langenbahn, PhD, FACRM
    Rusk Rehabilitation, NYU Langone Medical Center
    New York, NY



    Kristen Dams-O'Connor, PhD
    Mount Sinai Brain Injury Research Center
    New York, NY

    Alan Weintraub


    Alan Weintraub, MD
    Craig Hospital
    Englewood, CO

    Tessa Hart


    Tessa Hart, PhD, FACRM
    Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
    Elkins Park, PA

    Monique Pappadis

    Early Career Officer

    Monique Pappadis, PhD
    University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston
    Galveston, TX

    Kristine Kingsley

    Communications Officer &

    International Networking Liaison (Ex-Officio)

    Kristine Kingsley, PsyD, ABPP-Rp
    Rusk Rehabilitation, NYU Langone Medical Center
    New York, NY

    Dawn Neumann

    Program/Awards Officer

    Dawn Neumann, PhD
    Indiana University School of Medicine
    Indianapolis, IN