Brain Injury ISIG

Brain Injury






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.



To learn about the work of the BI-ISIG task forces and get involved, please access the links in the left navigation menu.

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Moving 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

BI-ISIG ONLY Membership Application



Chair Donna Langenbahn, PhD, FACRM
Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine
New York, NY
Past Chair Lance E. Trexler, PhD, HSPP, FACRM
Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
Indianapolis, IN
Chair-Elect Jennifer Bogner, PhD, ABPP-Rp, FACRM
Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Prevention, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, OH
Treasurer Alan Weintraub, MD
Craig Hospital
Englewood, CO
Secretary Karen McCulloch, PT, PhD, MS, NCS
UNC Chapel Hill
Hillsborough, NC
Early Career Chair Monique Pappadis, PhD
TIRR Memorial Hermann
Houston, TX
Communications Chair Kristine Kingsley, PsyD, ABPP-Rp
Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine
New York, NY
Program/Awards Chair Dawn Neumann, PhD
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN


The Community-Based Treatment Task Force is beginning to research the types of services provided and the treatment areas targeted by community-based rehabilitation programs for persons with brain injury.

If you are the director of a community-based rehabilitation program that provides services for persons with brain injury, we invite you to participate in the following survey. Your participation is completely voluntary and your responses will be kept strictly confidential. Furthermore, results of the survey will not be linked to a specific program.

The survey consists of 9 questions and can be completed in less than 15 minutes.

Click here to begin the survey.


image: Risa Nakase-Richardson

Risa Nakase-Richardson, PhD, FACRM

Dr. Joshua B. Cantor Scholar Award Winner

The Cantor Scholar Award is presented by the Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (BI-ISIG) to a BI-ISIG member in recognition of outstanding research that is judged to be a significant contribution to the field of brain injury rehabilitation. The award is named in memory of Dr. Joshua B. Cantor, who was well known for his research on life after TBI.  The 2014 award winner is Risa Nakase-Richardson, PhD, FACRM.

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Each year during the ACRM Annual Conference, the BI-ISIG presents two awards for outstanding posters.

David Strauss, PhD Memorial Award

This award was created in 2004 in honor of David Strauss, PhD, a long-term BI-ISIG member, nationally recognized for his humanistic interests, vision, and teaching in post-acute TBI topics. This award is given to the primary author of a poster presentation at the annual conference judged as best reflecting Dr. Strauss’s areas of interest.

Yelena Goldin, PhD of JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute received the 2013 David Strauss, PhD Memorial Award for her poster, Effect of Computer-Based Cognitive Training Utilization on Attention Networks Efficiency in Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury

Early Career Award

This award is given to a researcher in the first 10 years of his or her career, who is first author of a poster in the area of brain injury exhibited at the annual conference and judged on its merits across several areas of topic relevance and importance, research methodology, coherence, writing quality, and overall presentation.

Barbra Zupan of Brock University received the 2013 Early Career Poster Award for her poster, Inferring Emotion in Social Stories by People with Traumatic Brain Injury.


Member Guide to Product Development

The Member Guide to Product Development describes ACRM products, e.g., fact sheets, journal articles, manuals, and the procedure used by ACRM groups and committees to develop them. Includes a product development worksheet and a form to request a product review.

Supplemental Materials for “Preventing Falls Following Brain Injury” Information/Education Page


ACRM membership includes affiliation with any ACRM community forum. Members may participate in any group, including Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, and Stroke Interdisciplinary Special Interest Groups; Early Career, Healthcare Policy, International, and Outcomes Measurement Networking Groups; as well as groups now forming for Geriatric Rehabilitation, Pain, Neurodegenerative Diseases, and Pediatric Rehabilitation. Nonmembers are welcome and encouraged to participate in any networking or  forming group. Please contact Terri Compos, ACRM Community Relations Manager, for details.