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    NEW 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.


    2018 Call for Proposals

    Call for Proposals in Arts & Neuroscience

    The Program Committee invites proposals focused on research evidence and its translation into clinical practice for presentation at the ACRM 2018 Annual Conference in Dallas.

    See Guidelines & Submit >>


    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)


    Step into a Leadership Role on the Executive Committee

    In addition to working as clinicians and researchers, most members of the Arts & Neuroscience Group are musicians, performers, dancers and artists at heart and as such, contribute strongly to the core of the Arts and Neuroscience Group philosophy. Together we are creating a new focus area within ACRM with the goal of incorporating arts into neurorehabilitation.

    If you are willing to serve on the A&N Group Executive Committee to help make this goal a reality, please send a brief paragraph of your background and interests to Ron Hirschberg and Terri Compos.


    Photo courtesy of Dr. Ron Hirschberg

    Open positions on the committee include Secretary, Program Committee Liaison and Research Coordinator.


    • Secretary – will maintain a correct and permanent record of the meetings and transactions of the Arts and Neuroscience Group including minutes of all meetings and recording of information as required by the group. Assist ACRM Office with updates to A&N Group website information to reflect the mission and activities of the group. Minutes will be uploaded to ACRM’s cloud storage on www.box.com.
    • Program Committee Liaison (1-2 positions open) – will act as liaison between the ACRM Program Committee and the Arts & Neuroscience Group.  Willingness to sit on Program Committee monthly meeting conference calls, work with the committee, and bring feedback to the A&N Chair and Executive Committee regarding courses and symposia needed for the Arts and Neuroscience program track and conference activities.
    • Research coordinator – This position is new under our A & N leadership. It will be essential to driving the research piece of A & N forward. The role of the research coordinator will be to establish a shared drive for related research in our subfield, to be a point of contact for researchers to connect with others for potential collaboration, and to proactively introduce people in and outside of ACRM that may wish to consider establishing these connections.



    Ron Hirschberg


    CHAIR: Ron Hirschberg, MD
    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Brian Harris


    CHAIR-ELECT: Brian Harris, Ma Mt-BC NMT
    Neurologic Music Therapist, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

    Danielle Porter


    SECRETARY: Danielle Porter, MM, MT-BC, NMT
    Neurologic Music Therapist
    Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital

    Erin Wegener


    Music Therapist
    Spectrum Health NeuroRehab Services

    Allison O'Mara


    Postdoctoral Fellow, Rehabilitation & Clinical Neuropsychology
    University of Michigan Health System


    RESEARCH COORDINATOR: Lise Worthen-Chaudhari



    • 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."


    Non-members are invited to participate free of charge in any ACRM networking group by registering for an introductory membership.

    • Click the JOIN NOW button below to complete a "Non-Member/Visitor Form.
    • Scroll down near the bottom of the page and select all networking groups in which you wish to participate.
    • 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