Members in the News
Congratulations to long-time ACRM member, Dr. Mark Sherer, PhD, ABPP, FACRM, for being recognized with the prestigious Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation. Dr. Sherer is senior scientist and associate vice president for research at TIRR Memorial Hermann and clinical professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at McGovern Medical School at UT Health. The Robert L Moody Prize honors individuals or a team of individuals who have made significant contributions in applied brain injury research and rehabilitation. Read More
A traumatic accident in college confirmed Sarah Morrison’s career trajectory to become a physical therapist. In 2017, after spending much of her professional career at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Dr. Morrison became president and CEO. Follow the link to learn more in this inspiring interview from David Rubinger, publisher of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s BIZ television show. Read More
As part of their annual celebration of Women’s History Month, the Baylor College of Medicine developed the Women of Excellence award to recognize Baylor faculty and staff who exemplify excellence as well as values of respect, integrity, innovation and teamwork. Congratulations to ACRM member, Michele York, PhD, ABPP-CN, who was recognized last month with this award. Dr. York is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist, associate professor and section head of neuropsychology in the Department of Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine. Read More
ACRM board member and past president, Dr. Wayne Gordon was awarded the prestigious Jacobi Medallion on 15 March for his distinguished achievement in the field of medicine and extraordinary service to Mount Sinai Hospital, School, and alumni community. It is one of the highest honors that Mount Sinai bestows and recognizes a commitment to compassionate care and the advancement of medicine. The awards presentation was held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Read More
The ACRM Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group would like to congratulate Dr. Shilpa Krishnan who was awarded with the highly-competitive 2017 NIDILRR Switzer Research Fellowship. She will investigate Patient-Centered Pressure Ulcer Outcome Preferences: A Mixed-Methods Study. Dr. Krishnan serves as secretary of the Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group.
Angela Colantonio, ACRM member and co-chair of the BI-ISIG Girls & Women with ABI Task Force was quoted last week in ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue 2017. The article highlights how leading guidelines for sports concussion continue to ignore key differences in how women and men experience brain injuries. The article also cites the 2016 Archives of PM&R review of scientific literature on concussion since 1980, which found that of the 221 papers published, only 7 percent reported data by sex. Read More
Two ACRM members and investigators from NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Centers will be honored for their contributions to both the specialty and to people with disabilities by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R). Kathleen Bell, MD, from the University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center, will receive the Frank H. Krusen, MD, Lifetime Achievement Award. Flora Hammond, MD, principal investigator for the Brain Research in Aggression and Irritability Network (BRAIN): Building Evidence-Based Approaches to Managing Traumatic Brain Injury, will receive the Distinguished Member Award. Read More
Stony Brook, NY—Four years ago, Casey Ellin dove into the surf at Jones Beach near Long Island, New York, fractured three vertebrae and was paralyzed from the neck down. Now, after four surgeries and nonstop physical training, he is participating in a unique study at Stony Brook University, led by ACRM member, Sue Ann Sisto. “Locomotor training is an intervention that is proposed to activate the muscles below the level of the injury,” Dr. Sisto said. Casey has achieved noticeable improvements in his arm motion, respiratory capacity, blood pressure control and more. Read More.
Congratulations to ACRM member, Sonya Kim, PhD, CRC, BCB who was awarded the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Pilot Research Grant. The purpose of this research is to perform a psychometric validation of the posttraumatic growth (PTG) scale in caregiving partners of persons with multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Kim is a clinical instructor of neurology and rehabilitation medicine and research scientist at the New York University Medical Center. She serves as chair of the new ACRM Complementary, Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine Group and chairs a work group of the Measurement Networking Group’s Applied Cognition Task Force.
Shepherd Center President and CEO, Gary Ulicny, PhD, announced his forthcoming retirement from Shepherd Center on 31 March 2017 after 22 years at the rehabilitation hospital. The vice president of clinical services, Sarah Morrison, PT, MBA, MHA, will succeed him.
“Gary Ulicny has led Shepherd Center through a period of tremendous growth and success,” said James Shepherd, co-founder and chairman of the board of Shepherd Center. “He has fostered a culture of excellence that Sarah Morrison will carry on.”
Dr. Ulicny is a past president of ACRM (2010-2011) and Sarah Morrison has been a member since 2011. Read More
The Brain Injury Association of America is pleased to announce this year’s award winners. The William Fields Caveness Award is presented to an individual who, through research on both a national and international level, has made outstanding contributions to bettering the lives of people who have sustained a brain injury. The 2016 recipient is ACRM member, Marcel Dijkers, PhD. The Sheldon Berrol, MD Clinical Service Award is presented to an individual who, through a long clinical service career, has made outstanding contributions to improving quality of care, professional training and/or education in the field of brain injury. The winner of the 2016 Sheldon Berrol, MD Clinical Service Award is ACRM members, Mel Glenn, MD. Read More
Former ACRM President, Gary Ulicny, PhD, FACRM, received the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Health-Care Heroes Awards sponsored by Atlanta Business Chronicle. He has served more than 20 years as the president and CEO of Shepherd Center, the world’s largest spinal cord injury and brain injury hospital. Gary’s dedication to a holistic treatment philosophy for Shepherd Center’s patients and their families is one of the reasons he is this year’s award recipient. LEARN MORE/VIEW VIDEO
ACRM is proud to congratulate the 2014 IBIA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, ACRM’s very own, Marilyn Price Spivack. Known at ACRM as a powerhouse of influence and compassion, Marilyn is co-founder and past president of the National Head Injury Foundation, a neurotrauma outreach coordinator at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, and a committed advocate for brain injury research. No other is more deserving of the honor she received at the opening of the IBIA World Congress in San Francisco last month for her significant contributions to the field and a lifetime of advocacy for individuals and families affected by brain injury.
Current ACRM treasurer and former president, Wayne Gordon, PhD, ABPP/Cn, FACRM was featured Monday in the NY Daily News discussing the potential symptomology and treatment for concussion, which accounts for about 85 percent of all traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Gordon is a professor of rehabilitation medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York, specializing in the treatment of adults and children with brain injuries. He has worked in the field for 40 years. LEARN MORE
Fofi Constantinidou, PhD, ACRM International Networking Group Chair, received the 2013 Experienced Research Award by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation. The award was presented by the president of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, during a formal ceremony.
Dr. Constantinidou is a professor of language disorders and clinical neuropsychology and director of the Center for Applied Neuroscience at the University of Cyprus. She was recognized for her work on the Neurocognitive Study for the Aging, a longitudinal project with Cypriot adults over the age of 65. This large-scale project with over 500 participants integrates neuropsychological, psychosocial, and biological data to quantitatively assess the exact contribution of modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors to cognitive decline, the development of theoretical models of cognitive reserve, and the contribution of neurocognitive training to cognitive health. LEARN MORE