CLICK to View STROKE ISIG BrochureThe mission of the STROKE ISIG is to:

(1) promote opportunities for ACRM members to network with colleagues interested in promoting evidence-based rehabilitation for people with stroke and

(2) serve as a vehicle for rehabilitation professionals of all disciplines to work together for the expressed mission of advancing the field of stroke rehabilitation.


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It’s new, it’s fun, it’s informative — join us for these bimonthly events.


Stroke ISIG Virtual Happy Hour on Google Hangout

Upcoming Event: 17 September 2015
6:00 – 7:30 pm EDT/ 3:00 – 4:30 pm PDT

Jennifer M. Kaldenberg, MSA, OTR/L, SCLV, CLVT, FAOTA will be our September guest presenting on visual field impairments and the evidence for OT interventions.



In this talk we will discuss the functional implications of visual field impairment, the roles of the rehabilitation team and the current evidence regarding OT interventions for those with visual field impairment as a result of neurological insult. In addition, we will discuss the Giorgi, Woods, & Peli, 2009 article and the use of the Peli prism placement for rehabilitation.



Jennifer KaldenbergJennifer M. Kaldenberg, MSA, OTR/L, SCLV, CLVT, FAOTA is Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator. Her clinical experience has been primarily with adults in a variety of settings including rehabilitation, home care and out-patient with extensive focus on working with individuals with visual impairment. Additionally, she has trained and educated occupational therapy and optometry students on the functional and social implications of visual impairment on occupational performance and quality of life. She has become a leader within this specialty area. She served on the Board of Advanced and Specialty Certification and was a Panel member for the development of the low vision specialty certification. She has engaged in research and has written on various topics related to visual impairment and its impact on occupational performance. She is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association.



  1. To join a STROKE ISIG Virtual Happy Hour, please RSVP to your email invitation. If you did not receive an invitation, please request one from the event administrator, Valerie Hill, including your name, email address and ACRM member number. You will receive the invitation the week of the Virtual Happy Hour.
  2. Fifteen minutes prior to the event, pull up the email invitation to join the Hangout. Click on the “Hangout” hyperlink just below the date and time. A screen with the Hangout logo will appear. Click on “Join Call” at the bottom of the screen.
  3. If this doesn’t work, please email Valerie Hill at  to be re-invited to the Hangout.



How to Participate in the STROKE ISIG

  1. ATTEND the ACRM Conference — with the MOST STROKE rehab programming in the WORLD
  2. Join STROKE ISIG meetings at the conference
  3. Participate in the STROKE ISIG task forces (easiest to do at the ACRM Conference)

The work of the STROKE ISIG is accomplished through its task forces and the ACRM Annual Conference events.

Participation in four very active task forces is open to all members of the STROKE ISIG and new members are welcome.

All ACRM members and others thinking about joining the STROKE ISIG for the first time should contact any of the executive committee members or task force chairs (listed below) to make a meaningful difference in the field of Stroke rehabilitation. Membership is growing – don’t be left behind!

PIRR15_StrokeCheckout_300x250_30Jun15PIRR 2015: The Most Stroke Rehabilitative Content of Any Conference … Again! MORE >>>

The ACRM STROKE ISIG will again lead the way with nonstop stroke rehabilitative content EVERY day of the ACRM 92nd Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR), including a pre-conference dedicated to stroke clinicians.

While other conferences feature some neurorehabilitation content (which ACRM also features in a variety of  focus areas), PIRR is the ONLY meeting to feature 7 days of NONSTOP, dedicated stroke rehabilitative content.

It begins on Sunday and Monday, 25 – 26 October, with all day, intensive instructional courses led by some of the most well known names in nursing, and continues throughout the conference with courses on:

  • Non-invasive brain stimulation
  • Measurement
  • Strategies for neurogenic speech disorders
  • Upper and lower extremity intervention strategies
  • and much, much MORE!

Also join us for the field’s only Excellence in Post Acute Stroke Award with a special symposium delivered by the awardee, co-sponsored by the National Stroke Association.

See MORE STROKE content information and REGISTER NOW to take advantage of the best savings.


Excellence in Post Acute Stroke AwardACRM STROKE AWARD

John Chae, MD

Co-sponsored by the ACRM STROKE ISIG and the National Stroke Association, the Excellence in Post Acute Stroke Award is the only one of its kind in the field.

The inaugural award recognizes the outstanding work of John Chae, MD and his contributions to stroke rehabilitation. He will present the award lecture, Electrical Stimulation in Stroke Rehabilitation: A Critical Assessment on Thursday, 29 October during the ACRM 92nd Annual Conference.


 “How does ACRM Help the Stroke Community?”

Philip Morse, PhD, FACRM
ABI Rehabilitation New Zealand


Executive Committee

Chair: Stephen Page, PhD, OTR/L FAHA, FACRM
Chair-Elect:  Pam Roberts, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, FAOTA, CPHQ
Past Chair: Phil Morse, PhD, FACRM
Secretary: Kristen L. Mauk, PhD, DNP, RN, CRRN, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, FAAN
Membership Officer (and Canadian Representative): Jocelyn Harris, PhD, OTR/L
Co-Communications Officer: Sarah Wallace, PhD, CCC-SLP
Co-Communications Officer: Heather Tanksley, MOT, OTR/L
Early Career Officer:
Valerie Hill, PhD MS OTR/L
Member-at-Large: Richard Zorowitz, MD
Member-At-Large: Elaine L. Miller, PhD, RN, CRRN, FAAN, FAHA
International  Networking Liaison (Ex-Officio): Prathap Raghavan, MD
ACRM Staff Liaison: Terri Compos


One of the most valuable benefits of ACRM membership is the opportunity to participate in the many interdisciplinary special interest groups and networking groups.  Not sure ACRM membership is right for you? Consider an ISIG Only membership.


Print an ISIG ONLY Membership Application

2014 Poster Awards for Stroke

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2014 STROKE ISIG poster award. These posters were presented on 9 and 11 October 2014 at the ACRM 91st Annual Conference in Toronto.


Brittany N. Hand
Co-Authors: Stephen J. Page, and Susan White
Correlation of National Institute of Health Stroke Scale Scores and Upper Extremity Outcomes



Andrew C. Persch
Co-Authors: P. Cristian Gugiu, Craig A. Velozo, and Stephen J. Page
Rasch Analysis of the Wrist and Hand Fugl-Meyer: Dimensionality and Item-Level Characteristics



Vu Nguyen
Co-Authors: Janet Prvu Bettger, J. George Thomas, Terrence Pugh, Charles Rhoads, Mark Hirsch, Tami Guerrier
Factors Associated with Home versus Institutional Discharge Following Inpatient Stroke Rehabilitation



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


Task Forces

The work of the STROKE ISIG is carried out by its four task forces. Collaboration among task force members is accomplished throughout the year with regular conference calls and two face-to-face meetings per year. These are held during the ACRM Mid-Year Meeting in the spring and the ACRM Annual Conference in the fall.

All of the task forces have made impressive strides in the past two years in preparing and publishing papers. Read on to learn about the specific projects undertaken by each group.


CHAIR: Kathy Kniepman, OTD, MPH, OTR/L

There is a dramatic shifting in the demographic of people who experience stroke. While it is true that the majority is still near or in retirement at the time of the stroke, there is a growing percentage of individuals who experience stroke while they are in their work- and family-building stage of life. Whether this is due to the growing obesity problem in the United States or to other factors that have not been well identified, the Living Life After Young Stroke Task Force believes that this younger group of survivors of stroke face unique challenges and needs for rehabilitation and post-acute rehabilitation, education, and support.

The group is currently discussing goals and objectives for a future project. Please contact Kathy Kniepman if you are interested in participating.


Marsha Neville Smith, PhD, OT
Pam Bosch, PT, DPT, PhD

The Movement Interventions Task Force is a dynamic group of neurorehabilitation researchers and clinicians representing a variety of disciplines from across the United States and Canada. A common interest among all members, and the theme of this task force, is movement after stroke.

Movement-related deficits are the most common impairments exhibited after stroke, and in many cases, the most disabling. Yet, there remain few therapies that effectively target stroke motor impairments. Moreover, the therapeutic ingredients that most impact motor changes after stroke, and the ways in which movement-related variables change after stroke (i.e. speed, precision, strength, pacing), each remain poorly understood. We are a product-oriented group focusing on developing new knowledge about movement after stroke through development of presentations, papers, and other educational materials for patients, care partners, and professionals.


  • A recent publication suggesting appropriate operational definitions for intensity, duration, and frequency of stroke rehabilitation (Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2012;93:1395-9).
  • Another manuscript is being drafted to provide clinicians with current evidence and guidelines for use of neuroprosthetic walking devices.
  • The group is preparing a conference symposium for the 2013 ACRM Annual Conference that will emphasize the importance of using standardized clinical assessments and assist clinicians in putting such tools to use in their settings.
  • Other planned products include fact sheets on post-stroke complementary and alternative medicine and secondary stroke prevention.

Through the creation of these products, our goals are to improve stroke clinical practice, increase (and in some cases, establish) evidence related to motor impairment reduction after stroke, and influence public policy. For more information about the Movement Interventions Task Force contact Arlene Schmid or Pamela Bosch.



JR Rizzo, MD
Kimberly Hreha, MS OTR/L OT, edD(c)
Pamela Roberts, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, FAOTA, CPHQ

The visual system is one of our most important senses. It enables us to gather and process information and determines how we will interact with our dynamic environment. Neurological diseases or insults can leave patients with some degree of visual, perceptual, and/or cognitive dysfunction. A neglected component in therapies to improve function is a clear understanding of eye-hand coordination even though harmonization between eye and hand movement is required for all functional activities.

The mission of this task force is to understand how vision, visual motor, and visual perceptual training can be generalized to limb training to improve coordination and functional performance and develop the field of functional vision rehabilitation. Further, our task force will investigate the role of eye movements in eye-hand coordination and in the recovery of motor control in patients with stroke. We hope to stimulate research that will build a logical foundation to integrate the principles of eye-hand coordination into clinical practice to improve functional ability.

The Vision Task Force is a group comprised of clinicians and researchers who are dedicated to elucidating these serious concerns. Aside from the development of functional vision rehabilitation for ocular ailments, our secondary goals involve promulgating information regarding the importance of visual deficits and the clinical situations where they may be prevalent, in addition to advocating for public policy to take a stronger stance on assisting those with vision impediments and allocating healthcare resources appropriately.


One of the first projects that the Vision Task Force has focused on is developing a conceptual framework for vision. Colenbrander (2009) distinguishes between visual function and functional vision. The task force has taken these two concepts and built a conceptual framework for vision-centric healthcare. As our field progresses within the domains of ophthalmology, optometry, rehabilitation medicine, neurology, and neurosurgery, it behooves us to combine this burgeoning field of evidence-based medicine into reliable and valid diagnostic and treatment algorithms that can be utilized across clinical specialties.

Goals of the STROKE ISIG

  • Development of products within the task forces
  • Grow the STROKE ISIG in number, depth, and breadth, including links to other professional groups interested in stroke rehabilitation

Developing Stroke-Related Program Content

A major focus of the STROKE ISIG is to promote more stroke-related content in the ACRM annual conference program. The 2012 Vancouver conference was a tremendous success in this area. We began the meeting with two great half-day pre-conference instructional courses, Innovations in Stroke Rehabilitation – Part 1 (Catherine Lang, Arlene Schmid, Robert Teasell, Lara Boyd) and Part 2 (Sarah Wallace, Deirdre Dawson, Pamela Roberts, Richard Riggs JR Rizzo).

We also sponsored the inaugural Stroke Special Topics Session titled, “Translating Research into Clinical Practice,” featuring Janice Eng and colleagues discussing their GRASP program. This symposium is now an annual event dedicated to the presentation and discussion of integrated efforts to implementing research findings in real-world clinical practice.

An extra bonus for the STROKE ISIG  during the Vancouver conference was the Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award Winner presentation by Elizabeth Skidmore (“Closing the Gap: Early Intervention for Cognitive Disability after Stroke”).

To learn more about membership and activities of the STROKE ISIG, contact the chair, Stephen Page, PhD, OTR/L FAHA, FACRM.

Stroke ISIG Resources

  • The Member Guide to Product Development describes ACRM products, i.e., fact sheets, journal articles, manuals, and the procedure used by ACRM groups and committees to develop them. The guide includes a Product Development Worksheet and how to request a Product Review.