Dr. Joshua B. Cantor Scholar Award


Anthony Lequerica

Anthony H. Lequerica, PhD
Senior Research Scientist and Neuropsychologist
Kessler Foundation

The BI-ISIG Executive Committee is pleased to recognize Anthony H. Lequerica, PhD, with the 2018 Dr. Joshua B. Cantor Scholar Award. This award was established in honor of Joshua Cantor, former ACRM and BI-ISIG member. To be selected for this award is to be recognized as a professional whose work embodies the spirit of Dr. Cantor’s endeavors and achievements, which aimed to provide solace, meaning, and hope to individuals with TBI. It is clear from Dr. Lequerica’s accomplishments and his body of work, including past collaborations with Dr. Cantor, that he shares this vision.

Dr. Lequerica obtained his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology from Wayne State University. He completed a two year post-doctoral fellowship in the Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training program sponsored by the National Institute for Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research at the University of Michigan. He currently holds a dual position at Kessler Foundation and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation as a Senior Research Scientist and Staff Neuropsychologist where he continues to pursue his research interests and provide neuropsychological services for individuals recovering from traumatic brain injury and other neurological conditions. His major area of research focus lies in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation, examining sleep/wake abnormalities after brain injury and their impact on cognitive functioning, fatigue, and engagement in rehabilitation therapies.

He is a member of the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society and he has been specializing in the delivery of neuropsychological services to Spanish-speakers. He is also interested in studying how cultural issues impact brain injury rehabilitation outcomes. He has over 40 peer-reviewed publications resulting from these lines of research and has given numerous presentations across the U.S. and abroad to researchers, health care professionals, and individuals with brain injury and their families.


Joshua B. Cantor

Joshua B. Cantor

The Cantor Scholar Award is presented by the Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (BI-ISIG) to a BI-ISIG member in recognition of outstanding research that is judged to be a significant contribution to the field of brain injury rehabilitation.

The award is named in honor of Dr. Joshua B. Cantor, who was well known for his research on the effects of cognitive fatigue, sleep deprivation, and exercise on various aspects of life after TBI. His work also included efforts to enhance cognition and reduce depression, primarily through problem solving and emotion regulation training interventions. Dr. Cantor’s work was driven by his passion for developing and evaluating interventions that would give solace, meaning, and hope to individuals with TBI.



  • Nominee demonstrated a solid contribution to the field of brain injury rehabilitation
  • Research demonstrates methodological soundness and/or creativity in research design or intervention content
  • Nominees at all career levels are eligible
  • Nominee must be a BI-ISIG and ACRM member
  • Self-nominations are welcome



  • Letter of nomination outlining the nominee’s contribution(s)
  • Current curriculum vita (including nominee’s phone number and email address)
  • 1-2 representative publications
  • Nominations must include all required submission materials and be received by the posted deadline.
  • Please email all materials directly to the BI-ISIG Program & Awards Officer, Dr. Dawn Neumann.

Nominations Deadline:  23 March



Dr. Joshua B. Cantor was a board certified rehabilitation psychologist with a long history of clinical research in the area of traumatic brain injury. He had an unfailing commitment to improving the lives of people with brain injury and mentoring psychologists to do the same.


2018 Anthony H. Lequerica, PhD
2017 Kristen Dams-O’Connor, PhD
2016 Stacy J. Suskauer, MD
2015 Teresa Ashman, PhD, FACRM
2014 Risa Nakase-Richardson, PhD, FACRM


A panel of three members of the BI-ISIG will evaluate the nominations. Nominees whose work best embodies or touches upon factors involved in recovery and/ or intervention of cognition, sleep, fatigue, exercise or emotional problems after traumatic brain injury will be judged more favorably than nominees whose work is unrelated to these issues. In addition to having a strong focus on improving the lives of people with traumatic brain injury, preference will also be given to nominees whose work exemplifies theoretical and methodological soundness or creativity. The award recipient will be announced at the annual BI-ISIG Summit and acknowledged at the Henry B. Betts Awards Gala during the ACRM Annual Conference.