Fellows of ACRM

The Fellow of ACRM designation recognizes active members with an outstanding record of professional service to ACRM who have also made contributions of national significance to the field of medical rehabilitation. Fellows may use the designation "FACRM" after their name to identify this achievement.

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Congratulations to the 2016 Fellows of ACRM

The ACRM Fellows Committee and Board of Governors are pleased to announce the 2016 Fellows of ACRM. They will be recognized for their service and achievement during the ACRM 93rd Annual Conference in Chicago. They are:

Pamela Roberts

Pamela Roberts

Ross Zafonte

Ross Zafonte

Nathan Zasler

Nathan Zasler

Patricia Heyn

Patricia Heyn

Pamela Roberts, PhD, MSHA, OTR/L, SCFES, FAOTA, CPHQ, FNAP, FACRM is the director and professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Neuropsychology at Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Roberts has worked throughout the continuum of care as a clinician, administrator, educator, and researcher. She has been instrumental in the development and implementation of system changes as well as rehabilitation programs across the continuum of care within a large academic medical center. She also teaches at the University of Southern California, and guest lectures at other local universities, a national FIM trainer and consultant for Uniform Data System in Buffalo, New York, and a CARF surveyor. Dr. Roberts is involved in ACRM, the American Occupational Therapy Association, National Quality Forum-Membership Partnership for Post Acute Care/Long Term Care quality measures and All-Cause Admissions and Readmissions Steering Committee, past chair of the California Hospital Association Center for Medical Rehabilitation Services, and past member of the California Hospital Association Post Acute Care board.  Dr. Roberts is a member and Chair Elect of the ACRM Stroke Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group and chair of the ACRM Program Committee.  Additionally, she is chair for the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Dr. Roberts has served as principal and co-investigator on a variety of research projects and has provided a variety of workshops and consultations on rehabilitation, informatics and health services research topics regionally, nationally, and internationally.


Ross D. Zafonte, DO, FACRM, is the Earle P. and Ida S. Charlton Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Vice President Medical Affairs Research and Education at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. Dr. Zafonte’s textbook is considered one of the standards in the field of brain injury care. Dr. Zafonte’s work is presently funded by the NIH, DOD and NIDILRR, and he is currently directing several large clinical treatment trials.  He has published extensively on traumatic brain injuries, spasticity, and other neurological disorders, as well as presented on these topics at conferences nationally and internationally.  He is the author of more than 300 peer review journal articles, abstracts and book chapters.


Nathan Zasler, MD, FAAPM&R, FAADEP, DAAPM, CBIST, FACRM, is CEO & medical director for Concussion Care Centre of Virginia, Ltd., as well as CEO & medical director for Tree of Life Services, Inc. Dr. Zasler is board certified in PM&R and fellowship trained in brain injury. He is an affiliate professor at the VCU Department of PM&R, and an adjunct associate professor for the Department of PM&R at the University of Virginia. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Independent Medical Evaluators (aka American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians) and a diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Zasler has published and lectured extensively on TBI related neuromedical issues and is internationally recognized for his work in brain injury medicine. He currently serves as the vice-chairperson of the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) after completing nearly a 10 year term as its Chairperson. He has been an ACRM member since 1986 and served as the Chairperson for the Task Force on Sexuality and Disability from 1988 to 1993. He has directed and/or participated in innumerable educational courses at ACRM over the years and has been involved with the ACRM head injury/brain injury interest groups since the early 1990s with particular focus on MTBI and DOC. He is active in local, national and international organizations dealing with ABI and neurodisability, serving in numerous consultant and board member roles.  He has edited six textbooks. He serves on numerous journal editorial boards and is co-editor of two peer reviewed international scientific journals: Brain Injury and Neurorehabilitation. He was the recipient of the Sheldon Berrol Clinical Service award from BIAA and has been repeatedly recognized by “Best Doctors”. Dr. Zasler is an advocate, educator, researcher, inventor, entrepreneur and busy practicing clinician who is currently involved with community-based neurorehabilitation, chronic post-trauma pain management, and international health care consultation, both clinical and medicolegal.


Patricia Heyn, PhD, FACRM, is an associate professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She is also associated with the (1) Center for Gait and Movement Analysis (CGMA) at Children’s Hospital Colorado, (2) University of Colorado Movement Disorders Center (MDC), (3) Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Center (RMADC), and the (4) Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Advancing Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT). She has a PhD in Applied Exercise Physiology/Gerontology followed by two post-doctoral fellowships in (1) neurologic and cognitive rehabilitation research supported by the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), and (2) clinical trial for geriatric populations supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIH). She has been a member of ACRM since 2003, and she received several awards for her research on the effects of exercise training on dementia. Her research developments include investigations related to the risk and protective factors for cognitive decline and neurodegeneration. She is especially interested in understanding the effects of disability on dementia development. She has great expertise in activity-induced neurocognitive function and lifestyle behavior medicine for brain health. Dr. Heyn is also a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.


Nomination Procedure

To nominate a colleague, please review the FACRM Nomination Procedures. Self-nominations are also welcome. All qualified nominees are considered by the ACRM Board of Governors, who makes final decisions for acceptance.

Fellows of ACRM

Ross Zafonte, DO, FACRM
Patricia Heyn, PhD, FACRM
Anne Deutsch, PhD, BSN, RN, CRRN, FACRM
Susan Horn, PhD, FACRM
Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD CBIST, FACRM
Teresa Ashman, PhD, FACRM
Deborah A. Backus, PhD, FACRM
Fofi Constantinidou, PhD, FACRM
Chris MacDonell, FACRM
Stephen Page, PhD, MS, OTR/L, FACRM
Theresa Louise-Bender Pape, Dr.PH, MA, CCC-SLP/L, FACRM
Risa Richardson, PhD, FACRM
Angelle Sander, PhD, FACRM

Leighton Chan, MD, MPH, FACRM
Flora Hammond, MD, FACRM
Cindy Harrison Felix, PhD, FACRM
Mike Jones PhD, FACRM
Virginia Mary Mills, MS, PT, CCM, FACRM
Ron Seel, PhD, FACRM
Lance Trexler, PhD, FACRM

Jennifer Bogner, PhD, FACRM
Gary Ulicny, PhD, FACRM
Susan Charlifue, PhD, FACRM

Sue Ann Sisto, PhD, FACRM
Angela Colantonio, PhD, FACRM

Thomas Felicetti, PhD, FACRM
Donna M. Langenbahn, PhD, FACRM

Tamara Bushnik, PhD, FACRM
Cynthia Dahlberg, MA CCC-SLP CPHQ, FACRM

Jeffrey B. Palmer, MD, FACRM

Wayne Gordon, PhD, ABPP-CN, FACRM
Daniel Graves, PhD, FACRM


Joel DeLisa, MD, MS, FACRM
Tessa Hart, PhD, FACRM
Ralph Marino, MD, FACRM
Mark Sherer, PhD, FACRM
Marcel Dijkers, PhD, FACRM
Allen Heinemann, PhD, FACRM
Jeffrey Kreutzer, PhD, FACRM
Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, OT, FACRM
Deborah Wilkerson, MA, FACRM
Joseph Giacino, PhD, FACRM
Douglas Harrington, PhD, FACRM
Mark Johnston, PhD, FACRM
Jerome Tobis, BS, MD, FACRM

Herman Flax, MD, FACRM
Dorothea D. Glass, MD, FACRM
Dorothy L. Gordon, DNSc, RN, FACRM
Martin Grabois, MD, FACRM
Diana H. Rintala, PhD, FACRM
Denise G. Tate, PhD, FACRM

Henry B. Betts, MD, FACRM
Bruce M. Caplan, PhD, ABPP, FACRM
Diana D. Cardenas, MD, FACRM
Larry E. Cervelli, BS, OTR, FACRM
Keith D. Cicerone, PhD, ABPP, FACRM
John D. Corrigan, PhD, FACRM
Gerben DeJong, PhD, FACRM
Susan A. Garber, MA, OTR, FAOTA, FACRM
J. Preston Harley, PhD, FACRM
Karen A. Hart, PhD, FACRM
Douglas I. Katz, MD, FACRM
James F. Malec, PhD, FACRM
John L. Melvin, MD, MMSc, FACRM
Philip A. Morse, PhD, FACRM
Gladys P. Rodriguez, PhD, FACRM
Mitchell Rosenthal, PhD, ABPP, FACRM
Marcia J. Scherer, PhD, FACRM
Margaret G. Stineman, MD, FACRM
Gale G. Whiteneck, PhD, FACRM
John Whyte, MD, PhD, FACRM
Karen Wunch, MS, RN, FACRM

Theodore M. Cole, MD, FACRM
Thomas E. Strax, MD, FACRM