What They Say 2017

See and Hear What Past Attendees are Saying About ACRM

Comments from 2016 attendees >> 


Your Colleagues Will Tell You

Chris MacDonell

“ACRM is a wonderful organization because it's one of the few where you bring together providers and researchers in the world of rehabilitation...where they can exchange ideas, collaborate, problem-solve, and really take a look at what's important for the person who is receiving services.”
Chris MacDonell, FACRM, CARF International
 “This was the most organized, comprehensive, inclusive, and embracing conference that I have ever attended. I definitely plan on attending more in the future and getting involved in the ISIGs and letting others know that THIS is the conference to attend.” —Shannon L. Scott, OTD, OTR/L, Stony Brook University at Southampton, NY
 "This conference exceeded my expectation. As both a clinician and a researcher, I gained valuable knowledge that will change both aspects of my practice." —Casey Kandilakis, PT, DPT, NCS, Physical Therapist, Clinical Research Scientist, Shepherd Center
 "ACRM membership allows one to really engage in clinical science and team science building. It's the way research is going in the future, and ACRM really fosters that from all different disability perspectives." —Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST, FACRM, Chief Operating Officer, Brain Trauma Foundation
 "Cutting edge research, education, and horizon scanning by the world leaders in rehabilitation in one conference: simply the best!" —Mohammed Sakel, FRCP, MD, Director/Consultant, East Kent University Hospital, Neuro-Rehabilitation Department, UK
"ACRM helps you keep up on the latest research in order to provide quality care to your patients." —Cindy Shepherd, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS, Speech-Language Pathologist, Lutheran Outpatient Rehabilitation, Lutheran Hospital of Indiana
"ACRM puts pain rehab on the map." —Anon
"This conference brings together experts in a wide variety of disciplines all related to better understanding neuromodulation and its relevance to rehabilitation." —Joelle Mast, PhD, MD, CMO
"ACRM is one of the best networking opportunities available to professionals in the field of rehabilitation. While it is attended by some of the most renowned researchers in the field, the environment is welcoming and friendly to all attendees and members, new and old. It is clear there is a common goal to move rehabilitation forward." —Sid Dickson, PhD, ABPP, Neuropsychologist, Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation


Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
“How does ACRM help Early Career Rehab Professionals?"

image: Chris MacDonell

“You can’t beat the value of the ACRM conference. The inter-disciplinary program is relevant to your whole team, and the content is cutting-edge. Whether your specialty is stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury or neuro-degenerative diseases, ACRM is presenting the evidence you need.”
Chris MacDonell, FACRM, CARF International
“I enjoyed the combination of clinically and scientifically oriented contributions and the interdisciplinary nature of the conference.” —GM Ribbers, MD, PhD, Rotterdam Neurorehabilitation Research
Kenneth C. Chelette Poster Award Winner“I chose to present a poster at the 2012 ACRM Annual Conference because competing for and receiving this kind of recognition can be an important part of successful career development. Winning the Outstanding Scientific Poster Award was a great honor; and I encourage participation in this event by other students and early career scientists who, like me, strive for excellence in rehabilitation research. —2012 Outstanding Scientific Poster Winner, Kenneth C. Chelette, MS, Biomedical Engineer, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
“Great conference, lots of take-away information to help improve practice in BI.” —Calvin Haws, Service Manager (BScOT)
 Allen Heinemann “ACRM’s annual meeting provides an unprecedented opportunity to remain current on rehabilitation research advances and to meet authors, reviewers and editors of Archives.”—Allen W. Heinemann, PhD, ABPP, FACRM, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
"ACRM's commitment to early career rehabilitation scientists and practitioners is unparalleled, not only in rehabilitation but across most professional organizations." —Anon
“I have had an amazing experience as a participant in this conference.
Thanks for everything!” —Diana Krasteva, Physiotherapist, Lion’s Gate Hospital, North Vancouver, BC
"Inspiring conference also for people from abroad! Excellent program, welcoming and inclusive culture, great interdisciplinary combination of clinical and research work." —Frank Becker, MD, PhD, Clinical Medical Director, Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital, Norway
"ACRM Annual Conference is a unique opportunity to exchange research and education on key rehabilitation topics with world-wide interdisciplinary providers." —Rebecca T. Armendariz, MD, Palliative Medicine Physician, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center
"For individuals involved in rehabilitation research, I think this is the best possible meeting to attend in terms of educational content and networking with others involved in rehabilitation research." —Cindy Harrison-Felix, PhD, FACRM, Director of Research, Craig Hospital


Fofi Constantinidou, PhD, CCC-SLP, FACRM
Center for Applied Neuroscience, University of Cyprus
“How does ACRM help internationally?"


Sue Ann Sisto“With a collegial harmonious atmosphere, rare in mega-medical conferences, ACRM functions as powerful “glue” that joins together professionals from all specialty areas and disciplines for intellectual exchange and improved rehabilitative outcomes.” —Sue Ann Sisto, PT, MA, PhD, FACRM, Stony Brook University School of Health Technology and Management, Stony Brook, NY
garyulicny2“The ACRM Annual Conference has grown to become the world’s largest interdisciplinary conference in the field of rehabilitation research, and as a result, the peer-to-peer networking is second to none.” —Gary Ulicny, PhD, FACRM, Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA
“As a clinician in the field for less than three years, this event opened my eyes to the research being done to advance the field and gave me a deeper understanding of where we come from in terms of becoming evidence-based in rehab. I appreciated the early career focus as well as the continued focus on interdisciplinary work”. —Christina Lighthill, MOT, OTR
Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST, FACRM"ACRM Conference is well attended by leaders from all over the field in every discipline." —Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST, FACRM, Chief Operating Officer, Brain Trauma Foundation
Duncan Babbage“Attending ACRM’s annual meeting provides the opportunity to forge and extend key relationships, which can then be maintained and developed through the rest of the year in our increasingly connected and online international rehabilitation community.” —Duncan Babbage, PhD, Auckland University of Technology, Centre for Person Centred Research, Auckland, NZ
"ACRM is one of the rare places I was able to find sessions on Pediatric Rehabilitation. The presenters in the field were well prepared and very open to sharing information for the best of patient outcomes. Thanks ACRM and Presenters!" —Scott A. Brown, CTRS, CBIS, Director of Business Development/Community Educator, Trustpoint Hospital Lubbock
"The ACRM Annual Conference offers something for everybody in the rehabilitation field: latest in clinical approaches, state of the art research, wonderful inter-disciplinary environment, and best networking opportunities." —Cristina Sadowsky, MD, Director, Paralysis Restoration Clinic, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Tessa Hart"ACRM is the only place where I can get cutting-edge research and see all my friends—not only from around the country but around the world. ACRM is the best place to get new information and to network, network, NETWORK!" —Tessa Hart, PhD, FACRM, Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute


Julia Totosy de Zepetnek, PhD
University of Regina
“Why do you attend the ACRM Annual Conference?"


 “ACRM’s commitment to early career rehabilitation scientists and practitioners is unparalleled, not only in rehabilitation but across most professional organizations.” —2012 ACRM Annual Conference Attendee
Gregory O'Shanick“ACRM consistently provides translational research information that is timely and clinically relevant to the everyday practice of Brain Injury Medicine. Providing this in a format that fosters interdisciplinary dialogue adds icing to this cake!” — Gregory O’Shanick, MD, Medical Director Emeritus, Brain Injury Association of America
 “Attending the ACRM meeting has been a great experience on many levels.”
— Mar Cortes, MD, Clinical Research, Burke Medical Research Institute, White Plains, NY
Tom Felicetti“I have attended this conference for many years. It is a significant opportunity for professional collaboration and for adding to the knowledge base of the field.” —Thomas Felicetti, PhD, Beechwood Rehabilitation Services
 “The conference provided a rich environment for interprofessional education that is needed for collaborative clinical practice and research! A must attend conference for all team members.” —Genevieve Pinto Zipp, PT, EdD
Saurabha Bhatnagar“Participating in the “Early Career” workshop at the ACRM annual conference connected me with unique mentoring opportunities in various disciplines of rehabilitation, which have continued to promote my development as a clinician and scientist.” —Saurabha Bhatnagar, MD, Harvard Medical School/VA Boston, Innovation Officer & Medical Director of TBI/Polytrauma
Arshia Ahmad"The strength of ACRM is in its diversity and multidisciplinary approach, as well as a wide range of areas of interests it caters to. This opens up several avenues for possible developments and combined projects. Facilitation international collaboration has been a hot topic this year, which promises growth in future." —Arshia Q. Ahmad, MD, MRCP (UK), MSc, Assistant Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
"For every clinician who wants to be in the forefront of research and practice this is the place to be! The topics are unparalleled and if we want to be knowledgeable, and get involved, this is the conference to attend." —Anon
Gary Ulicny"As a research based organization, it makes sense that we are the leaders providing the evidence that helps shape public policy to better improve the service we provide to the people that we serve." —Gary Ulicny, PhD, FACRM, ACRM Past President, Shepherd Center
Marilyn Spivack"A meeting not to be missed by those involved with all aspects of clinical rehabilitation advances and the impact of research on today's and tomorrow's outcomes." —Marilyn Price Spivack, MA, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
"ACRM is the only venue where professionals from across the spectrum of professions in rehabilitation can truly come together for educational and proactive efforts to put forward the specialty of rehabilitation as a whole." —Edward L. Manning, PhD, ABPP-CL


James Malec, PhD, FACRM
Indiana University School of Medicine/Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
“What does ACRM mean to YOU?"


Deborah Backus"ACRM is a home where I can combine clinical interests with my research and interact with people who are making decisions about rehab research." —Deborah Backus, PT, PhD, FACRM, Director of Multiple Sclerosis Research, Shepherd Center
"ACRM is a great conference to come to especially as a young researcher...it's a fantastic way for researchers and clinicians to come together to share their research and experiences." —Julia Totosy de Zepetnek, PhD, University of Regina
Monique Pappadis"ACRM is a great organization for early career professionals to advance their career with limitless networking opportunities." —Monique R. Pappadis, MEd, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch
"The breadth and depth of presentation and the opportunity to interact with rehab professionals from abroad make this conference a unique opportunity." —Larry Cervelli, OT, FACRM
James Malec"The ACRM conference is the only interdisciplinary rehabilitation conference in the States and gets better every year." —Jim Malec, PhD, FACRM, Professor & Research Director, Indiana University School of Medicine/Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
"The ACRM conference is the premier rehabilitation conference in the world with an outstanding mix of research and best practices, but also the opportunity to network with national and international leaders and contribute to the field of rehabilitation through the difference task forces." —Lance E. Trexler, PhD, FACRM, Director of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
"The program is excellent! As an early career professional, I really appreciate the information on all the research and the manner in which it's presented. I feel like this training gives me a game plan and a strategy to state developing my treatment plans. I know where to start with each of my patients and I feel more confident and assured that the treatment I'm providing is evidence-based." —Anon
 Joseph Giacino"I would make the case that the ACRM Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest group is probably one of the most productive in the world in terms of scientific publishing, practice, and driving policy." —Joseph T. Giacino, PhD, ACRM Past President, Director of Rehab Neuropsychology, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
"The ACRM annual conference is an excellent source of cutting edge knowledge/education on clinical and scientific breakthroughs in rehabilitation and a great venue to network/collaborate with colleagues!" —Christopher Gillis, OTR