Distinguished Member Award

Distinguished Member Award


Established in 1988, the Distinguished Member Award honors an ACRM member who significantly contributes to the development and functioning of ACRM. Qualified nominees are ACRM members who provide extraordinary service as a member or chair of a committee, task force, ISIG, or networking group. These individuals demonstrate leadership and organizational abilities, and exemplify public service.


Angela Ciccia

Angela Hein Ciccia, PhD, CCC-SLP

Congratulations to 2017 Award Recipient

ACRM is pleased to recognize Angela Hein Ciccia, PhD, CCC-SLP, as the 2017 ACRM Distinguished Member.

Dr. Ciccia is an Association Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, Communication Sciences Program at Case Western Reserve University. Her research focuses on exploring the barriers to pediatric rehabilitation for children with acquired neurogenic conditions, including brain injury, especially for high-risk, low-income groups. Additionally, she investigates how novel service delivery models could address these barriers. Dr. Ciccia has been an invited speaker in the area of pediatric traumatic brain injury at the local and national levels.

Dr. Ciccia is the founding Chair, and the current Co-Chair, for the Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group and a member of the Pediatric/Adolescent TBI Task Force of ACRM. She is the host of the Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking group podcast and is an author on the first publication by the Pediatric/Adolescent TBI Task Force. Dr. Ciccia has also served on the Program Committee of ACRM as a representative for pediatric rehabilitation.  Additionally, she is actively involved with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Special Interest Group (SIG) 2 (Neurogenic Communication Disorders), as a member of the Coordinating Committee and the Editor for the SIG 2 component of the publication of Perspectives.




  • Nomination letter must include nominee contact information  (name, email address, phone number)
  • NIH biosketch or CV for nominee
  • Statement of qualifications describing why the positions and activities outlined in the biosketch or CV qualify the nominee for a particular honor (maximum 500 words)
  • Your name and contact information, including email


Nomination instructions and deadlines

Submit a nomination to the Awards Committee by emailing Terri Compos, Community Relations Manager.

Distinguished Members Award


2017: Angela Hein Ciccia, PhD, CCC-SLP

2016: Angela Colantonio, PhD, OT, Reg. (Ont.), FACRM

2015: Lance Trexler PhD, HSPP, FACRM

2014:  Chris MacDonell, FACRM
Philip A. Morse, PhD, FACRM

2013: Claire Kalpakjian, PhD

2012: Ronald Seel, PhD

2011: Martin Grabois, MD, FACRM
Stephen Page, PhD

2010: Henry B. Betts, MD, FACRM

2009: Marcel Dijkers, PhD, FACRM

2008: Tamara Bushnik, PhD, FACRM

2007: Marcia, Scherer, PhD, FACRM
Donna Langenbahn, PhD, FACRM

2006: Allen W. Heinemann, PhD, ABPP (Rn), FACRM

2005: Kathleen Kalmar, PhD
John Whyte, MD, PhD, FACRM
Gale Whiteneck, PhD, FACRM

2004: Steven R. Hinderer, MD, MS, PT

2003: Karen A. Hart, PhD, FACRM

2002: Joseph T. Giacino, PhD, FACRM
Mark V. Johnston, PhD, FACRM

2001: Keith D. Cicerone, PhD, ABPP, FACRM

2000: No award given.

1999: Dorothy L. Gordon, DNSx, RN, CRRN, FAAN
Judith H. Stanton, RN, MS

1998: Karen E. Wunch, MS, RN, FACRM

1997: Virginia Mills, MS, PT

1996: Douglas E. Harrington, PhD, FACRM
Danese D. Malkmus, MA CCP-SLP CCM

1995: Stanley H. Ducharme Jr., PhD
J. Preston Harley, PhD, FACRM
Denise G. Tate, PhD, FACRM

1994: Justin Alexander, PhD
Kathleen B. Fralish, PhD

1993: J. Kent Canine, PhD
Kristjan T. Ragnarsson, MD

1992: Gerben DeJong, PhD, FACRM

1991: Marcus J. Fuhrer, PhD

1990: Nancy M. Crewe, PhD
Linda M. Hennig, MA, RN
Mary W. McKenzie, MSEd, OTR

1989: Mary D. Romano, MSW (posthumously)