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ACRM Arts & Neuroscience Networking Group

The mission of the Arts & Neuroscience Networking Group is to build awareness around the interface of music and the arts with neurorehabilitation, and establish opportunities for collaboration in cutting-edge research. The group will be an interdisciplinary forum for clinicians, researchers and artists to share their experiences, ideas and common goals of helping patients as they recover from neurological injury or illness.

The unique aspect of arts on healing makes the arts and neuroscience a broadly relevant topic across many diagnoses. We look forward to exploring shared interests and connections with other rehabilitation professionals and artists.

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The ACRM Arts & Neuroscience Networking Group will meet at the ACRM Spring Meeting in Chicago and invites your participation. Whether you’re already a networking group member or just exploring new opportunities, we hope you’ll join us.

WHERE? Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL // Room 4A

WHEN? Thursday, 11 April 2019
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM



Meet Ceci Juno, a member of the ACRM Arts & Neuroscience Networking Group from Ecuador.  By day, she is a neurologic music therapist treating Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and TBI patients, and by night she’s a vocalist, pianist, guitarist and songwriter with the #1 hit single in Ecuador called Fantasmas. Above the Basement—Boston Music and Conversation interviewed her during the ACRM Conference in Dallas. Follow the link to learn more and hear a sample of her soothing, jazzy, Latin-inspired music. Read more >>

MUSIC & MOVEMENT SYMPOSIUM with Ben Folds & Pamela Quinn

The newly formed Arts & Neuroscience Group presented a special symposium at the 2016 ACRM Annual Conference in Chicago, called Music, Movement and the Mind in Rehabilitation. Featuring Pamela Quinn, a professional dancer  and movement therapist who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 20 years ago and musician, Ben Folds, the symposium is a multidisciplinary demonstration and lecture showcasing emerging studies and data on music and rhythm on healing.

Ron Hirschberg, Chair and Brian Harris, Chair-Elect of the Arts & Neuroscience Group, explain the neuroscience of why music can aide recovery and how it can be used in rehabilitation.


2016 ACRM Symposium featuring (left to right) Brian Harris, Ron Hirschberg, Ben Folds & Pamela Quinn (not pictured)

Click to View 2016 ACRM Special Symposium, Music, Movement and the Mind, featuring (left to right) Brian Harris, Ron Hirschberg, Ben Folds & Pamela Quinn (not pictured)



Photo courtesy of Dr. Ron Hirschberg




Brian HarrisCHAIR: Brian Harris, Ma Mt-BC NMT
Neurologic Music Therapist
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
CEO, MedRhythms, Inc.
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Ron HirschbergPAST CHAIR: Ron Hirschberg, MD
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital
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Danielle PorterSECRETARY: Danielle Porter, MM, MT-BC, NMT
Neurologic Music Therapist
Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
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Music Therapist
Spectrum Health NeuroRehab Services



Allison O'MaraRESEARCH COORDINATOR: Allison O’Mara, PsyD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Rehabilitation & Clinical Neuropsychology
University of Michigan Health System
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Lise Worthen-ChaudhariRESEARCH COORDINATOR: Lise Worthen-Chaudhari, MFA, MS, CCRC
Associate Director, Human Motion Analysis and Recovery Laboratory
Research Scientist, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Ohio State University Medical Center
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  • Email Ron Hirschberg AND Terri Compos to be added to the group’s listserv
  • OR update your Member Profile to include the Arts & Neuroscience Networking Group by following the instructions below.
    • Login to the ACRM Members Portal
    • Click “My Information” in the left navigation
    • Click “Edit/View Information” in the horizontal navigation
    • Scroll down near the bottom of the page and select all groups in which you wish to participate.
    • Click “Save.”


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  • Click “Create Account” (bottom right) to finish the transaction.

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  • To establish best clinical practices in delivery of neurologic music therapy (NMT)
  • To promotion and support the field of NMT and other therapeutic advances in arts
  • To grow research development in the neuroscience and music, rhythm and motion
  • To explore all areas in the arts, including dance