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    ACRM Mid-Year Meeting Atlanta


    The Executive Committee of the BI-ISIG is committed to supporting early career involvement in the BI-ISIG and its task forces. There are seven (7) productive BI-ISIG task forces from which to choose. Attending the Mid-Year Meeting and getting involved in task force work is a great way to get started. Don’t miss this opportunity to network, collaborate with experienced brain injury professionals, and advance your career! 

    CLICK HERE to complete a nomination/ application form



    FOUR (4) SCHOLARSHIPS – valued at $400 each will be awarded to support travel to the ACRM Mid-Year meeting in Atlanta. All nominees/ applicants are required to:

    1. Be active BI-ISIG members who are within five (5) years of completion of training (terminal degree OR postdoctoral fellowship, if applicable)
    2. Be active members or plan to become active members of one of the 7 BI-ISIG task forces
    3. Obtain endorsement from their BI-ISIG task force chair
    4. Attend the BI-ISIG business meeting at the Mid-Year Meeting

    Previous BI-ISIG travel award recipients remain eligible to apply, if they meet scholarship requirements. However, preference will be given to new applicants when a nominee has previously received two consecutive BI-ISIG Mid-Year Meeting Travel Scholarships.


    2017 Mid-Year Meeting Travel Scholarship Recipients

    The BI-ISIG is pleased to announce the 2017 Early Career Travel Scholarship recipients. We would like to thank everyone who applied for a scholarship and congratulate those of you who were selected this year. We are confident that all three recipients will make an invaluable contribution. This year's recipients are:

    Reza Ehsanian


    Reza Ehsanian, MD, PhD
    Health Care Program Manager
    Rehabilitation Research Center, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

    Shannon Juengst


    Shannon Juengst, PhD, CRC
    Assistant Professor
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
    Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Department of Rehabilitation Counseling

    Jonathan Dodd


    Jonathan N. Dodd, PsyD
    Pediatric Neuropsychologist, St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH)
    Clinical Instructor, Department of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine – St. Louis

    Ed Devitt II


    Ed Devitt II
    Chief Executive Officer
    Talking Brains Initiative, Inc. 




    Joshua Cantor

    Dr. Joshua B. Cantor


    The Cantor Scholar Award is presented by the Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (BI-ISIG) to a BI-ISIG member in recognition of outstanding research that is judged to be a significant contribution to the field of brain injury rehabilitation. The award is named in honor of Dr. Joshua B. Cantor, who was well known for his research on life after TBI.

    View award history and criteria >>>



    Kristen Dams-O'Connor

    The BI-ISIG Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Kristen Dams-O'Connor has been selected to receive the 2017 Joshua B. Cantor Scholar Award.

    The BI-ISIG Executive Committee is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2017 Dr. Joshua B. Cantor Scholar Award is Kristen Dams-O’Connor, PhD. This award was established in honor of Joshua Cantor, former ACRM and BI-ISIG member. To be selected as the awardee is to be recognized as a professional whose work embodies the spirit of Dr. Cantor’s endeavors and achievements, which aimed to provide solace, meaning, and hope to individuals with TBI. It is clear from Dr. Dams-O’Connor’s body of work and accomplishments that she shares this vision.

    Dr. Cantor would be very proud of his former mentee and colleague, and thrilled that she has been selected for this honor in his name.

    Dr. Dams-O’Connor is Director of the Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai and Associate Professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Neurology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY.  Her primary areas of clinical and research expertise are in neuropsychological assessment, neurobehavioral interventions for individuals with neurological diseases, and studying long-term outcomes after TBI.



    Early Career 2016 Conference Travel Scholarships

    The Executive Committee of the BI-ISIG is committed to supporting early career involvement in the BI-ISIG. The Early Career Annual Conference Travel Scholarship is intended to help recipients attend the ACRM Annual Conference and help support participation in task force work.

    Eligible candidates must be a BI-ISIG member and actively involved in one of the 7 task forces. Additionally, they must also have the chair(s) of the task force provide an endorsement email. The scholarship involves a cash award to travel expenses to the annual conference. Recipients will be recognized and given the opportunity to meet other BI-ISG members during the SUMMIT MEETING on Thursday, 3 November 2016 from 12:45 PM – 2:15 PM. Additionally, they are encouraged to attend the Early Career Networking Group. This year's scholarship recipients are:

    Katherine O'BrienKatherine O’Brien, PhD serves as the primary Clinical Neuropsychologist for the Disorders of Consciousness Program and is the Program Manager for the Brain Injury Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, TX. Dr. O’Brien is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine. She is actively involved in education, program development, and clinical research surrounding the Disorders of Consciousness Program. She participates in the Family Education Committee of the BI-ISIG DOC Task Force.

    Yelena Guller Bodien

    Yelena Bodien, PhD, is a Research Fellow at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Instructor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Hospital at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Her research interests include investigating the neurobiology of severe brain injury and developing multimodal (e.g., neuroimaging and behavioral) tools for assessment and prognosis of this patient population. Dr. Bodien is an active member of the ACRM BI-ISIG and Disorders of Consciousness Task Force.

    Shital PavawallaShital Pavawalla, PhD, ABPP, is a board certified neuropsychologist who has worked in acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. In addition to providing patient care, she has also been a leader in the development and implementation of program-wide evidence-based practices and protocols for treatment and management of moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries. Her research interests include issues pertaining to the full continuum of severity of traumatic brain injuries, ranging from assessment limitations and outcomes of disordered consciousness to non-neurological factors that impact concussion recovery.



    Congratulations to the following winners of the BI-ISIG outstanding poster awards. These posters were presented during the ACRM 93rd Annual Conference in Chicago.

    Early Career Award

    This award is given to a researcher in the first 10 years of his or her career, who is first author of a poster in the area of brain injury exhibited at the annual conference and judged on its merits across several areas of topic relevance and importance, research methodology, coherence, writing quality, and overall presentation.

    The 2016 Early Career Award winner is:

    Cognition and Mood in a Clinically Fatigued Sample of Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury
    First Author: Lauren Nelson
    Brain Injury Research Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


    Keith Cicerone Strauss Poster Award Recipient

    Strauss Award Recipient, Keith Cicerone and BI-ISIG Program & Awards Chair, Dawn Neumann

    David Strauss Memorial Poster Award

    This award was created in 2004 in honor of David Strauss, PhD, a long-term BI-ISIG member, nationally recognized for his humanistic interests, vision, and teaching in post-acute TBI topics. This award is given to the primary author of a poster presentation at the annual conference judged as best reflecting Dr. Strauss’s areas of interest.

    The 2016 David Strauss Memorial Poster Award winner is:

    Mediators of Change through Holistic Neuropsychological Rehabilitation: A Modest Proposal
    First Author: Keith Cicerone, PhD
    JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute


    Girls & Women with ABI Early Career Poster Award

    This award recognizes the best poster presented by an Early Career professional on a topic related to girls and women with ABI.

    The 2016 Girls & Women with ABI Early Career Poster Award winner is:

    Concussion education for student athletes: What kind? Who is providing it? Does it matter?  
    First Author: Miriam Alfano, MS, CCC-SLP,
    Saint Xavier University