Cantor Scholar Award

Dr. Joshua B. Cantor Scholar Award

2017 Recipient

Kristen Dams-O'Connor

Kristen Dams-O'Connor

The BI-ISIG Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Kristen Dams-O'Connor has been selected to receive the 2017 Joshua B. Cantor Scholar Award.

The BI-ISIG Executive Committee is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2017 Dr. Joshua B. Cantor Scholar Award is Kristen Dams-O’Connor, PhD. This award was established in honor of Joshua Cantor, former ACRM and BI-ISIG member. To be selected as the awardee 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. Dams-O’Connor’s body of work and accomplishments that she shares this vision.

Dr. Cantor would be very proud of his former mentee and colleague, and thrilled that she has been selected for this honor in his name.

Dr. 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 primary areas of clinical and research expertise are in neuropsychological assessment, neurobehavioral interventions for individuals with neurological diseases, and studying long-term outcomes after TBI.


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.


2017Kristen Dams-O'Connor, PhD
2016Stacy J. Suskauer, MD
2015Teresa Ashman, PhD, FACRM
2014Risa 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.