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WED 25 OCT // 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Primary Content Topic: Clinical Practice (assessment, diagnosis, treatment, knowledge translation/EBP, implementation science, program development)

This course, co-sponsored by the Guideline Development, Dissemination, and Implementation Committee and the ACRM Evidence and Practice Committee, presents “how to” information that will help clinicians and researchers evaluate evidence from rehabilitation studies and translate evidence into everyday clinical practice. A primary aim is to de-mystify evidence-based practice concepts and equip participants with the knowledge and tools needed to translate evidence (e.g., a published article or clinical trial data) into action (e.g., choosing and implementing a specific intervention). This course will use brief didactic presentations and emphasize applying new knowledge in small work groups.


  1. Analyze published articles that address therapeutic questions, assessing their accuracy and scientific rigor
  2. Understand the principles of EBP, systematic review of evidence, and how these apply to the everyday practice of rehabilitation
  3. Synthesize the evidence from available studies with a focus on low-bias properly statistically analyzed research
  4. Make appropriate evidence-based clinical decisions on the selection of treatments based on evaluated research
  5. Reduce making clinical decisions based on studies with very high bias and/or misuse of statistical procedures


Ronald Seel, PhD, FACRM
Shepherd Center

Gary Gronseth, MD, FAAN
University of Kansas Medical Center

Marcel Dijkers, PhD, FACRM
Research Consultant


Ron Seel

Ronald T. Seel, PhD, is director of Brain Injury Research for the Crawford Research Institute at Shepherd Center. He is a fellow of the ACRM and recipient of the ACRM Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award (2010) and the ACRM Distinguished Member Award (2012). Dr. Seel currently serves as an at-large member on the ACRM Board of Governors, and chairs the ACRM Clinical Practice Committee and the ACRM Brain Injury-Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (BI-ISIG) mild TBI Task Force. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Dr. Seel graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and completed his MS and PhD in counseling psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He was competitively awarded and completed pre- and post-doctoral research fellowships in rehabilitation and clinical neuropsychology at the Medical College of Virginia.

Gary S. Gronseth, MD, FAAN, earned his undergraduate degree at Marquette University in 1977. He graduated in 1981 with a degree in medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed his internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Milwaukee in 1982. Dr. Gronseth finished flight surgeon education at the School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio and subsequently served as Chief of Aerospace Medicine at Malstrom Air Force Base in Montana. In 1989, he completed his Neurology residency at Wilford Hall Air Force Base in San Antonio. From 1996 to 2002, he was Chairman of Neurology and Director of the Neurology residency program at Wilford Hall Air Force Base. In 2002 Dr. Gronseth retired from the Air Force with the rank of Colonel. Dr. Gronseth’s career at the University of Kansas Medical Center began in 2002, where he currently serves as Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Neurology. He is also the Program Director of the Vascular Neurology Fellowship and Chief of the Inpatient Neurology division. Dr. Gronseth also serves as the American Academy of Neurology’s Chief Evidence-based Medicine Methodologist and is an Associate editor of the journal Neurology. Dr. Gronseth has authored over 50 AAN Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Marcel Dijkers

Marcel P. Dijkers, PhD, FACRM, is formerly a Research Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY. His rehabilitation research on a number of diagnostic groups (with focus on spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury) has led to a special interest in research methodologies and the reporting of research, as well as the analysis and synthesis of reported research for practical decision making. He is a member of ACRM’s Evidence and Practice Committee, and has served as the methodologist for a number of guideline development efforts. The recipient of the ACRM Distinguished Member and Gold Key awards, he has published a number of papers on evidence-based practice and the methodologies supporting it.


ACRM Annual ConferenceProgress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR#2017)

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