Rosenthal Mid Career Award

Mitchell Rosenthal Mid-Career Award


The Mitchell Rosenthal Mid-Career Award was established in 2013 to recognize clinician-scientists working in the spirit of Dr. Rosenthal in the field of brain injury rehabilitation. ACRM members who are mid-career (6-15 years after completion of training) are eligible. Recipients of this award are leaders in rehabilitation science making significant contributions to the field through their current brain injury rehabilitation research.



Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner

Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner

ACRM is pleased to honor Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST, FACRM with the 2016 Mitchell Rosenthal Mid-Career Award in recognition of her leadership and contributions to the field of rehabilitation research.

Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST, FACRM is the Chief Operating Officer at the Brain Trauma Foundation (BTF). She is also BTF’s Principal Investigator on the Brain Trauma Evidence-based Consortium project funded by the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command. Dr. Kolakowsky-Hayner serves as the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of the Brain Injury Association of California. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists’ Board of Governors and the ACRM Board of Governors. Dr. Kolakowsky-Hayner is the Vocational-Community Issues Panel Chair for the Brain Injury Association of America and Mount Sinai’s Guidelines for Rehabilitation and Chronic Disease Management of Adults with Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury development project. She also serves on the Community Advisory Board of the DOD-funded Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium and as the Co-Chair of the 4th Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury. Dr. Kolakowsky-Hayner has over 20 years progressively independent experience in brain injury related clinical and research activities. To date, she has made more than 180 professional presentations and published over 170 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, and other information materials for professionals and consumers with disabilities.



Mitchell Rosenthal, PhD, ABPP, was an early pioneer in the field of traumatic brain injury widely recognized for his contributions to the advancement of clinical exploration and therapeutic practice. He was influential in the founding of the National Head Injury Foundation (now the Brain Injury Association of America), the creation of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, and the development of the national TBI Model System.



2016  Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST, FACRM
Deirdre R. Dawson, PhD, OT Reg (ON)
2013  Joshua B. Cantor, PhD, ABPP



  • Candidate must be a current member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.
  • Candidate must attend the current year's ACRM annual conference.
  • Candidate must be within 6 to 15 years of completion of training.
  • Candidate must demonstrate that he or she has been a leader and made significant contributions to rehabilitation research in his or her career work as demonstrated by grant awards, research publications, presentations, etc.
  • Candidate does not need to be within a Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, but must be conducting rehabilitation research.
  • Candidate must show evidence of leadership in a rehabilitation related organization; demonstration of service to ACRM is not a required criterion.
  • Candidate is not eligible if he or she received the ACRM Wilkerson Early Career Award between 2002 and 2012.
  • Candidates may self-nominate.



  • Nomination letter must include nominee contact information  (name, email address, phone number)
  • A statement of approximately 500 words in length outlining the nominee's research and leadership accomplishments in rehabilitation.
  • Three letters of support that are written by ACRM members.
  • A CV for the nominee.



Nomination instructions and deadlines

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