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Fellows of ACRM


The ACRM Fellows Committee and Board of Governors are pleased to announce the 2018 Fellows of ACRM. Please join them in congratulating these dedicated members. They will be recognized for their service and achievement at the Henry B. Betts Awards Dinner & Gala, 2 October, at the ACRM 95th Annual Conference in Dallas. Tickets are available through online registration or by contacting



Dr. Amy Rosenbaum is Director of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation and Research at Park Terrace Care Center, an inpatient brain injury rehabilitation facility in Queens, NY. She received her doctorate in clinical and school psychology from Hofstra University, and has specialized in the field of brain injury rehabilitation for over 15 years. She currently plays a leadership role in program development, interdisciplinary treatment planning, staff training and supervision. She was integrally involved in creating the center’s cognitive rehabilitation, coma recovery and coma management programs, and remains responsible for the clinical oversight of these programs. Dr. Rosenbaum also serves as a TBI model systems investigator for the NY TBI Model System at Mt. Sinai. Her clinical and research interests include disorders of consciousness, post-traumatic confusional disorders, cognitive rehabilitation, neuropsychological assessment, and psychotherapy after brain injury. She has published in textbooks and peer reviewed journals; her work has been presented both nationally and internationally. She chairs the Public Awareness and Advocacy Workgroup of the Joint NIDRR and ACRM BI-ISIG Disorders of Consciousness Task Force. She is also an author of ACRM’s “Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual: Translating Evidence-Based Recommendations into Practice”. Currently, she serves as the manual steering committee co-chair and managing co-editor for the upcoming second edition textbook.



Dr. Ashraf S. Gorgey is currently the Director of Spinal Cord Injury Research at Hunter Holmes McGuire at VA Medical Center and Associate Professor at Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Virginia Commonwealth University. He has a bachelor and master degrees in Physical Therapy. He acquired his PhD in Exercise Physiology in 2005 with special emphasis on electrical stimulation, muscle activation and fatigue from the University of Georgia. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan with special focus on studying the adaptations in body composition and metabolic profile after spinal cord injury SCI. His research work has focused on investigating rehabilitation strategies that could improve the quality of life in individuals with SCI and minimize the SCI health related secondary complications. Dr. Gorgey is primarily interested in applications of electrical stimulation, Exoskelton walking and the capability of utilizing exercise intervention to evoke skeletal muscle hypertrophy, favorable body composition and metabolic profiles in persons with chronic SCI. He is also interested in understanding the cellular and molecular adaptations to unloading and hypertrophy. Dr. Gorgey has received a VA-RRD CDA2 and VA Merit grant to study the effects of NMES resistance training and testosterone replacement therapy interventions on parameters of physical activity in persons with SCI including body composition, metabolic profile and mitochondrial health. He is currently funded via DoD-CDRMP to study the effects of different exercise paradigms on cardio-metabolic health after SCI. Dr. Gorgey has published close to 95 peer-reviewed articles and presented nationally as well as internationally in different scientific meetings. Dr. Gorgey continues to work with an excellent team of research scientists with different backgrounds at the McGuire VA and other academic centers.



Born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1961, Dr Vuagnat is married to Anne-Marie and the happy father of three young adults and a grandfather of a two year old little girl. He studied in Geneva where he graduated with an MD in 1989. For his specialization, he first began training in surgery before discovering the rich and fantastic world of rehabilitation in which he was certified in 1996, both from the Swiss and European Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In 1997, he was honored by the prize of the European academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for his thesis work on “early bone biochemical markers changes in spinal cord injury”.

From 1998 to 2006, he headed the rehabilitation team in a 300 beds sub-acute, middle and long stay rehabilitation setting in the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) and in 2007, he was appointed as head of this division. From 1995 on, he collaborated at the HUG woundcare policy, and participated at the creation of the Swiss Woundcare Association. Since 2006, he is deeply involved in promoting and teaching both simple modern woundcare methods and linked rehabilitation in low resourced countries. In 2014 he was appointed Head of the Centre for Wounds and Woundhealing of the University Hospitals of Geneva, a position he holds to-date.

Hubert has been an active member of ACRM for more than 20 years and is a founding member of the International Committee (now ING) and a member of the Conference and Outreach Task Force of the ING. In 2015, he received the ACRM’s Edward LOWMANN award for his profound commitment to interdisciplinary rehabilitation. In March 2018, he was appointed as president of the Swiss Society of Sexuality and Plural Handicaps ( Dr. Vuagnat has strong interests in continence mechanisms, pain, sexuality and handicap, wound care in rehabilitation. He is dedicated to the implementation of interdisciplinary and holistic approaches to patient care.



Dr. John DeLuca is the Senior Vice President for Research and Training at Kessler Foundation, a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and the Department of Neurology at Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School. He is board certified in Rehabilitation Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. DeLuca is responsible for managing all of the rehabilitation research at the Kessler Foundation, which are primarily in the areas of TBI, SCI, Stroke, MS and cancer.

Dr. DeLuca has been involved in neuropsychology and rehabilitation research for over 25 years. He is internationally known for his research on disorders of memory and information processing in a variety of clinical populations including: multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Dr. DeLuca has published over 300 articles and book chapters in these areas, has edited 5 books in neuropsychology, neuroimaging and rehabilitation (with 3 more in progress), and is a co-editor in chief for the “Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology.” He has received over 32 million dollars in grant support for his research. Dr. DeLuca’s recent research include the cerebral mapping of human cognitive processes using functional neuroimaging, as well as the development of research-based techniques to improve cognitive impairment.

He serves on the editorial boards of many journals, including the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation where he serves as an Associate Editor, and has received several awards in recognition of his work. He has served on numerous committees and special interest groups over the years from numerous societies and organization including INS, ACRM, NAN, APA and several others). Dr. DeLuca has been involved for 30 years in the training of post-doctoral fellows in neuropsychology and rehabilitation, and has directed several advanced research and training programs sponsored by NIDRR, the National MS Society, and NIH.



Dr. Kristen Dams-O’Connor is Director of the Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai and Associate Professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Neurology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY. Her work is focused on understanding and improving long-term outcomes after brain injury, and characterizing clinicopathological signatures of TBI. She leads the Late Effects of TBI (LETBI) brain donor program, serves as Project Director of the New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System, and her research is supported by federal grants from NIH, NIDILRR, DoD and PCORI.



Dr. Tom Bergquist is assistant professor of psychology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. He is board certified in clinical neuropsychology. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He did his internship in clinical psychology at the Oklahoma University Health Science Center, and completed his fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Mayo Clinic. He has given numerous regional, national and international presentations and authored or co-authored over 30 journal publications and six book chapters. He was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (BI-ISIG) of ACRM in 2011. He is a co-investigator in the NIDILRR funded Mayo Clinic TBI Model System Center. Within ACRM, Dr. Bergquist, has served as a reviewer for Archives of PM&R, is a member of the cognitive rehabilitation task force, had a role in all three of the cognitive rehabilitation evidence-based reviews including being co-author of two reviews. He is an instructor for the ACRM cognitive rehab course and is a chapter co-author for the second edition of the cognitive rehabilitation manual. Along with faculty from the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, he has been part of three ACRM pre-conference instructional courses. He has supervised the clinical and research work of dozens of fellows, residents and graduate students, and for over a decade has been a mentor to both undergraduate and high school students pursuing careers in healthcare. Within the community, Dr. Bergquist served as board chairman for the largest provider of vocational services for persons with disabilities in southern Minnesota, is a clinical supervisor with Compassion Counseling Center which has provided counseling to 500 persons at no cost since opening in 2014, and is board chairman for the largest local home school support group in Minnesota serving 200 families.



Dr. Trudy Mallinson is Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership and Associate Dean for Research in Health Sciences at The George Washington University, Washington DC. Her primary research interest is how better outcomes measurement can improve health care services and supports for individuals with disabilities and better inform health care policy.



Dr. Chen is a Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and also the Director of the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center. With focus on the epidemiology, mortality, and secondary conditions after spinal cord injury (SCI), her research has been continuously funded through the NIDILRR, NIH, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and industries over the last 2 decades. In addition to research, Dr. Chen has given didactic courses in the Schools of Public Health and Medicine and also served as a mentor in various capacities for students, trainees, and visiting scholars. She also provides consultation and technical assistance to researchers in the US and other countries who are analyzing data from the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Database for research to ensure its proper use. Dr. Chen is presently a member of the Editorial Board of the Topics in SCI Rehabilitation, Oversight Committee of the NINDS SCI Common Data Elements, International SCI Data Set, Research and Award Committee of the American Spinal Injury Association, and Prevention Committee of the International Spinal Cord Society. Dr. Chen has been a member of ACRM continuously over the last 12 years and actively participated in the SCI-ISIG since 2010, serving on the Secondary Complications and Aging Task Force as well as on the Executive Committee as Treasurer, Chair-Elect, Chair, and currently Past Chair.