Moving Ahead Spring 2017 IssueBI-ISIG NEWS




This semi-annual newsletter of the ACRM BI-ISIG, reports the news, updates, progress, and opportunities that spring from the group’s many task forces and dedicated members.




Two ACRM Members Receive BIAA Awards

Congratulations to two BI-ISIG members recognized this year by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) for their outstanding contributions to the field. They are:

Tessa Hart


TESSA HART, PhD, recipient of the William Fields Caveness Award
Institute Scientist
Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
Secretary, ACRM  BI-ISIG

Dr. Hart is also a featured speaker at this year's ACRM Annual Conference in Atlanta where she and her colleagues will present:

  • SPECIAL SYMPOSIUM: Defining Rehabilitation Treatments: Implications for Clinical Training, Treatment Planning, and Interdisciplinary Communication Learn More >>
  • Traumatic Brain Injury as a Chronic Health Condition: Long-Term Functional Change and Associated Comorbidities Learn More >>


Alan Weintraub


ALAN WEINTRAUB, MD, recipient of the Sheldon Berrol, MD Clinical Service Award
Medical Director
Brain Injury Program, Craig Hospital
Treasurer, ACRM BI-ISIG



2017 Mark Ylvisaker Memorial Pediatric Brain Injury Symposium

Social Communication in Adolescents with Brain Injury: What Would Mark Do?

THU 26 OCT // 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Lyn Turkstra, PhD
Professor and Assistant Dean, Speech-Language Pathology
McMaster University

This lecture honors the work of Dr. Mark Ylvisaker, a pioneer in rehabilitation of children and adolescents with brain injury and champion of intervention grounded in everyday life. This talk will show how his ideas shaped current principles of rehabilitation for adolescents with brain injury, and inform intervention for all youth with cognitive and communication challenges.

Dr. Lyn Turkstra is Assistant Dean and Professor of Speech-Language Pathology in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, and is a speech-language pathologist by training. Her research and clinical aim is to advance knowledge and intervention for adolescents and adults with neurological communication disorders. Dr. Turkstra’s studies focus on links between cognitive function and social communication in individuals with acquired brain injury, and she collaborates on development of evidence-informed practice standards to translate research findings into improved clinical practice. Dr. Turkstra is an author on over 85 peer-reviewed publications, including evidence-based practice guidelines for intervention in acquired brain injury.

Learn More About Mark Ylvisaker >>