Distinguished Member Award

Distinguished Member Award


Established in 1988, the Distinguished Member Award honors an ACRM member who significantly contributes to the development and functioning of ACRM. Qualified nominees are ACRM members who provide extraordinary service as a member or chair of a committee, task force, ISIG, or networking group. These individuals demonstrate leadership and organizational abilities, and exemplify public service.


Angela Colantonio

2016 Distinguished Member Award

ACRM is pleased to recognize Angela Colantonio, PhD, OT, Reg. (Ont.), FACRM as the 2016 ACRM Distinguished Member.

Dr. Colantonio has served ACRM through the years in multiple ways. She was the founding chair of the International Committee of ACRM, served as the committee's Board Liaison and continues to promote ACRM's international visibility in her current position as co-chair of the Research and Organization Task Force of the International Networking Group.

Starting in the fall of 2010 Dr. Colantonio spearheaded efforts to create a new BI-ISIG task force on Girls and Women with ABI. The task force has been received enthusiastically by researchers, professionals, and consumers and will help ACRM efforts in connecting the consumer and professional rehabilitation community. The task force certainly addresses an area of significant need in medical rehabilitation.

Dr. Colantonio is the inaugural director of the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and a senior scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. She holds the CIHR Chair in Gender, Work and Health, Focusing on Brain Injury, and was awarded the 2015 Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation. From 2003-2013 Dr. Colantonio held the Saunderson Family Chair in Acquired Brain Injuries at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.

Dr. Colantonio has a PhD in epidemiology and public health from Yale University, and an MHSc in community health and BSc in occupational therapy from the University of Toronto.  She is a fellow of ACRM, the American College of Epidemiology, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and serves on the Board of the Brain Injury Association of Canada. Dr. Colantonio has authored over 200 publications and given over 300 presentations to research, clinical, and lay audiences.



  • Nomination letter must include nominee contact information  (name, email address, phone number)
  • NIH biosketch or CV for nominee
  • Statement of qualifications describing why the positions and activities outlined in the biosketch or CV qualify the nominee for a particular honor (maximum 500 words)
  • Your name and contact information, including email



Nomination instructions and deadlines

Submit a nomination to the Awards Committee by emailing Terri Compos, Community Relations Manager.



2016: Angela Colantonio, PhD, OT, Reg. (Ont.), FACRM

2015: Lance Trexler PhD, HSPP, FACRM

2014:  Chris MacDonell, FACRM
Philip A. Morse, PhD, FACRM

2013: Claire Kalpakjian, PhD

2012: Ronald Seel, PhD

2011: Martin Grabois, MD, FACRM
Stephen Page, PhD

2010: Henry B. Betts, MD, FACRM

2009: Marcel Dijkers, PhD, FACRM

2008: Tamara Bushnik, PhD, FACRM

2007: Marcia, Scherer, PhD, FACRM
Donna Langenbahn, PhD, FACRM

2006: Allen W. Heinemann, PhD, ABPP (Rn), FACRM

2005: Kathleen Kalmar, PhD
John Whyte, MD, PhD, FACRM
Gale Whiteneck, PhD, FACRM

2004: Steven R. Hinderer, MD, MS, PT

2003: Karen A. Hart, PhD, FACRM

2002: Joseph T. Giacino, PhD, FACRM
Mark V. Johnston, PhD, FACRM

2001: Keith D. Cicerone, PhD, ABPP, FACRM

2000: No award given.

1999: Dorothy L. Gordon, DNSx, RN, CRRN, FAAN
Judith H. Stanton, RN, MS

1998: Karen E. Wunch, MS, RN, FACRM

1997: Virginia Mills, MS, PT

1996: Douglas E. Harrington, PhD, FACRM
Danese D. Malkmus, MA CCP-SLP CCM

1995: Stanley H. Ducharme Jr., PhD
J. Preston Harley, PhD, FACRM
Denise G. Tate, PhD, FACRM

1994: Justin Alexander, PhD
Kathleen B. Fralish, PhD

1993: J. Kent Canine, PhD
Kristjan T. Ragnarsson, MD

1992: Gerben DeJong, PhD, FACRM

1991: Marcus J. Fuhrer, PhD

1990: Nancy M. Crewe, PhD
Linda M. Hennig, MA, RN
Mary W. McKenzie, MSEd, OTR

1989: Mary D. Romano, MSW (posthumously)