Meet us in Atlanta! ACRM Conference Fall 2017

WED 25 OCT  12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: International Networking Group Executive Committee Meeting (By invitation only)

THUR 26 OCT  7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: International Networking Group Annual Business Meeting

FRI 27 OCT  4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: International Networking Group Service Delivery Task Force Meeting     REGISTERED YET?




The ACRM International Networking Group is a community of rehabilitation professionals from around the world whose mission is to communicate and collaborate across international boundaries to advance rehabilitation research and evidence-based practice.

It fosters international collaborations among rehabilitation researchers, consumers, and providers through multi-site research; disseminates evidence-based practice recommendations through active participation in the ACRM Annual Conference; and develops educational materials.

This interdisciplinary group of ACRM members and rehabilitation stakeholders is committed to evidence-based practice and policy that advances the organization, delivery, and financing of rehabilitation services. The International Networking Group builds on the ACRM commitment to interdisciplinary research that reaches across health conditions and the continuum of rehabilitation care.

ACRM 2017 Call for Proposals

Call for Late Breaking Research Now OPEN 

The Program Committee invites proposals focused on research evidence and its translation into clinical practice for presentation at the ACRM 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta.


International Rehab Content at the ACRM 2017 Annual Conference

Join us at the ACRM Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research this fall, for NONSTOP educational content focused on international rehabilitation. Plus, dive deep into intensive Pre-Conference Instructional Courses or Specialized Workshops on a wide variety of topics.

Up to 44 hours of CE available.




Fofi Constantinidou, PhD, CCC-SLP, FACRMCHAIR

Fofi Constantinidou, PhD, CCC-SLP, FACRM
Professor of Language Disorders & Clinical Neuropsychology
Center for Applied Neuroscience University of Cyprus
Nicosia, Cyprus
T:  011+  357 22 89 2078

Chetan Phadke, BPhT, PhDSECRETARY

Chetan Phadke, BPhT, PhD
West Park Healthcare Centre
York, Ontario, Canada
T:  416.243.3600 x 2716


Eva Pettemeridou, MSc
PhD student, Center for Applied Neuroscience, Department of Psychology
University of Cyprus

Nicosia, Cyprus

Rozlie Townsend, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Ohio Health
Columbus, OH

“How Does ACRM Help Internationally?"

Fofi Constantinidou, PhD CCC-SLP, FACRM
Center for Applied Neuroscience, University of Cyprus


One of the most valuable benefits of ACRM membership is the opportunity to participate in the many interdisciplinary special interest groups (ISIG) and networking groups.

ING is ACRM's Global Initiative. Join us for networking, career growth and mentoring opportunities!

Click the JOIN NOW button to learn more or contact Member Services at +1.703.435.5335 for personal assistance.



ING News

Canada Seeks Top-Tier Scholars and Researchers

The Canada 150 Research Chairs Program announced in their 2017 budget, plans to invest $117.6 million to enhance Canada’s reputation as a global centre for science, research and innovation excellence, in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. The program provides Canadian universities with a one-time investment to attract top-tier, internationally based scholars and researchers (including Canadian expatriates) to Canada, and aims to improve universities’ capacity to generate and apply new knowledge; and improve the training and development of highly qualified research personnel. Registration must be submitted by 18 August 2017. Read More

Introducing the NEW ING Newsletter

The inaugural issue of the ING newsletter will be published in the Fall 2017, just in time for the annual conference. We are very excited about this new global initiative and seek your help by 15 JUNE to make it a success, as listed below:

  1. What shall we name it? Please send us your creative ideas!
  2. International Research Projects - Please download this template to describe current projects or to list your latest published research. We will showcase some of these projects during the inaugural issue and in future issues.
  3. Awards and recognitions - We would like to recognize ING members who have received awards in 2016 or 2017. Please tell us about your achievements.
  4. Submit - Send your ideas, completed templates, and achievements by 15 June.

ACRM Board Welcomes First International Member

Fofi ConstantinidouFofi Constantinidou, PhD, CCC-SLP, FACRM, made ACRM history this year when she accepted appointment as a member-at-large on the ACRM Board of Governors. She is the first international member to serve in this role.

Dr. Constantinidou is a professor of Language Disorders & Clinical Neuropsychology and Director of the Center for Applied Neuroscience at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia, Cyprus and an active member of ACRM since 2006. Dr. Constantinidou is an ACRM fellow and has served for many years as chair of the ACRM International Networking Group whose members represent more than 60 countries. ACRM is honored by her many contributions and pleased to welcome her to the board of governors.


Dr. Bernard Brucker

Dr. Bernard Brucker


Each year, the International Networking Group sponsors the Brucker International Symposium held during the ACRM Annual Conference. This ING signature event was established in 2008 in memory of Dr. Bernard (Bernie) Brucker, a long-standing ACRM member, who died unexpectedly that year. Originally established as a lecture luncheon, the event has become a popular ACRM tradition and continues today as a very special symposium.


Call for Nominations for 2017 Brucker International Symposium Speaker

DEADLINE:  18 January 2017

We are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Brucker International Symposium speaker. The speaker should meet the following criteria:

  1. Not currently a member of ACRM
  2. Is an individual living outside of the USA and involved in international rehabilitation research and/or rehabilitation treatment or lives in the United States and has an international focus in research and /or rehabilitation
  3. They are involved in interdisciplinary work and can address their topic from multiple dimensions
  4. They are an engaging speaker who is an excellent communicator and motivator to  educate and encourage international collaboration
  5. Would be inspiring to the ACRM membership

We are looking to have names by January 18, 2017 to be able to decide on speakers and meet the deadlines from the Program Committee.

Please include the following information and send your nominations to the ING secretary, Chetan Phadke.

  1. Name
  2. Organization that they are involved with and their position
  3. Any resources about them (websites, presentations, papers etc.)
  4. Potential topics that they could present on.


Past Brucker International Speakers

2016: Stephanie Nixon, BA, BHSc, MSc, PhD, Global Health and Rehabilitation Research: What are the opportunities on the horizon?

2015:  Eli Vakil, PhD, Dissociation Between Memory Processes: The Contribution of Research on Memory Impairment Following Traumatic Brain Injury

2014:  Donald T. Stuss, PhD, C Psych, ABPP-CN, Completing the Circle between Science and Rehabilitation: The Ontario Brain Institute Story

2013:  Kathryn M. McPherson, RN, RM, DIP HV, BA (HONS), PhD, International Partnering in Research

2012:  Marcel Post, PhD, Need and Opportunities for Cross-Cultural Studies on Quality of Life in Rehabilitation Medicine

2011:  John Stone, PhD, Issues in International Collaboration in Rehabilitation Research



Contact the ING Chair, Fofi Constantinidou, or any task force chair to learn more about current projects and ways to get involved. Members meet monthly via teleconference to discuss their ongoing work. including:

  • New opportunities for research collaboration
  • Updates on current projects
  • Development of new dissemination products
  • International programming for the ACRM Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research


International group

View International Networking Group Flyer
View Current Task Force Members


Contact the chairs of any task force to learn more about their current projects and ways you might get involved.  All members are welcome and encouraged to participate.

International group



Co-chairs:Donna Langenbahn, PhD, FACRM
Angela Colantonio, PhD, FACRM
  • Promote international research and cooperation
  • Identify funding sources for future research opportunities
Chair: Susie Charlifue, PhD, FACRM



Co-chairs:Susie Charlifue, PhD, FACRM
Chris MacDonell, FACRM
Focus:Develop materials and website content to inform ACRM members and other rehabilitation stakeholders about the activities of the International Networking Group and opportunities for involvement.



Co-chairs:Kristine Kingsley, PsyD, ABPP-Rp
Arshia Ahmad, MD, MRCP (UK), MSc
Focus:The mission of the Service Delivery Task Force is to bring together an international network of providers and funders to promote sharing and learning about different service delivery models and to encourage development of new services which are evidence informed, cost effective and culturally sensitive.


ACRM membership includes affiliation with any ACRM community forum. Members may participate in any group, including Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, and Stroke Interdisciplinary Special Interest Groups; Early Career, Healthcare Policy, International, and Outcomes Measurement Networking Groups; as well as groups now forming for Geriatric Rehabilitation, Pain, Neurodegenerative Diseases, and Pediatric Rehabilitation. Nonmembers are welcome and encouraged to participate in any networking or  forming group. Please contact Terri Compos, ACRM Community Relations Manager, for details.