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The ACRM International Networking Group is a community of rehabilitation professionals from around the world whose mission is to communicate and collaborate across international boundaries to advance rehabilitation research and evidence-based practice.

It fosters international collaborations among rehabilitation researchers, consumers, and providers through multi-site research; disseminates evidence-based practice recommendations through active participation in the ACRM Annual Conference; and develops educational materials.

This interdisciplinary group of ACRM members and rehabilitation stakeholders is committed to evidence-based practice and policy that advances the organization, delivery, and financing of rehabilitation services. The International Networking Group builds on the ACRM commitment to interdisciplinary research that reaches across health conditions and the continuum of rehabilitation care.




Fofi Constantinidou, PhD, CCC-SLP, FACRMCHAIR

Fofi Constantinidou, PhD, CCC-SLP, FACRM
Professor of Language Disorders & Clinical Neuropsychology
Center for Applied Neuroscience University of Cyprus
Nicosia, Cyprus
T:  011+  357 22 89 2078

Chetan Phadke, BPhT, PhDSECRETARY

Chetan Phadke, BPhT, PhD
West Park Healthcare Centre
York, Ontario, Canada
T:  416.243.3600 x 2716

“How Does ACRM Help Internationally?”

Fofi Constantinidou, PhD CCC-SLP, FACRM
Center for Applied Neuroscience, University of Cyprus


One of the most valuable benefits of ACRM membership is the opportunity to participate in the many interdisciplinary special interest groups (ISIG) and networking groups.

Click the JOIN NOW button to learn more or contact Member Services at +1.703.435.5335 for personal assistance.



Fofi_Constantinidou_CyprusPres_AnastasiadesCONGRATULATIONS DR. CONSTANTINIDOU!

Fofi Constantinidou, PhD, CCC-SLP, FACRM, International Networking Group Chair, received the 2013 Experienced Research Award by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation. The award was presented by the president of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades.

Dr. Constantinidou is a professor of language disorders and clinical neuropsychology and director of the Center for Applied Neuroscience at the University of Cyprus.

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The International Networking Group welcomes Donald T. Stuss, PhD, C Psych, ABPP-CN as the 2014 Brucker International Luncheon speaker. He will present, Completing the Circle between Science and Rehabilitation: The Ontario Brain Institute Story.

Dr. Stuss is founding president and scientific director of the Ontario Brain Institute, and founding director (1989 — 2008) and senior scientist at the Rotman Research Institute of Baycrest Centre. At the University of Toronto, Dr. Stuss is a professor of medicine (neurology and rehabilitation science) and psychology.

He has been honored as a fellow by several professional associations, including the CPA, APA (Divisions 3, 6, 20, 40), APS, American Heart and Stroke Association, and the AAAS. In 2011, he received the National Academy of Neurosciences Lifetime Contributions to Neuropsychology Award.

Dr. Stuss’ research focuses on understanding and treating the cognitive functions and personality changes associated with the frontal lobes as they occur after stroke, normal elderly, and in those with traumatic brain injury or dementia.

brucker_international_luncheonHe has authored or co-authored more than 190 publications and 48 chapters; and presented over 270 invited scientific lectures and workshops. His publications have been cited more than 14,000 times.

Each year, the International Networking Group sponsors the Brucker International Luncheon held during the ACRM Annual Conference. The Luncheon was established in 2008 in memory of Dr. Bernard (Bernie) Brucker, a long-standing ACRM member, who died unexpectedly that year. The luncheon has grown to become an ACRM tradition.

Learn more about Bernard Brucker


Contact the ING Chair, Fofi Constantinidou, or any task force chair to learn more about current projects and ways to get involved. Members meet monthly via teleconference to discuss their ongoing work. including:

  • New opportunities for research collaboration
  • Updates on current projects
  • Development of new dissemination products
  • International programming for the ACRM Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research


International group

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Contact the chairs of any task force to learn more about their current projects and ways you might get involved.  All members are welcome and encouraged to participate.


Co-chairs: Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD
Gerben DeJong, PhD, FACRM
Focus: Encourage international content at the ACRM Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research
Organize the annual Brucker International Luncheon for international attendees



Co-chairs: Donna Langenbahn, PhD, FACRM
Angela Colantonio, PhD, FACRM
Focus: Promote international research and cooperation
Identify funding sources for future research opportunities


Co-chairs: Susie Charlifue, PhD, FACRM
Chris MacDonell, FACRM
Focus: Develop materials and website content to inform ACRM members and other rehabilitation stakeholders about the activities of the International Networking Group and opportunities for involvement.



Co-chairs: Amy Morse, BS
Prathap Raghavan, FRCPC, MD
Focus: The mission of the Service Delivery Task Force is to bring together an international network of providers and funders to promote sharing and learning about different service delivery models and to encourage development of new services which are evidence informed, cost effective and culturally sensitive.


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.