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Edward Lowman Award 2020


Ronald T. Seel is the 2020 recipient of the ACRM Edward Lowman Award.


ACRM is pleased to honor Ronald T. Seel, PhD, FACRM with the 2020 Edward Lowman Award. Dr. Seel is Professor and Director of the Center for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering (CERSE) in the Department of PM&R, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. CERSE’s mission is to connect researchers and accelerate rehabilitation breakthroughs that empower people to overcome barriers and thrive. This award be will be presented to Dr. Seel on 22 October during the ACRM 2020 VIRTUAL Annual Conference.



Dr. Seel facilitates interdisciplinary research across VCU Schools, McGuire VAMC, Sheltering Arms Institute, Commonwealth of Virginia Agencies, industries, and national academic, private sector, and not-for-profit partners. In 2019, CERSE faculty and affiliated researchers had 77 grants and $116M in total awards.

Dr. Seel chairs the ACRM Evidence and Practice Committee and leads the ACRM-CARF International-Paradigm Outcomes Initiative, a funded academic-accreditor-industry partnership to generate clinical practice guidelines. Ron earned a BA in Government at the College of William and Mary and a PhD in Counseling Psychology at VCU. He previously served as Associate Director of Research for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center and Executive Director of the Southeastern Parkinson’s Disease Research Education and Clinical Center at the McGuire VAMC in Richmond, VA. Prior to re-joining VCU, he was the O. Wayne Rollins Director of Brain Injury Research at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA.