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.






ACRM 2017 Call for Proposals

Call for Late Breaking Research EXTENDED

The Program Committee invites proposals focused on research evidence and its translation into clinical practice for presentation at the ACRM 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta.



     ACRM Annual Conference Call for Brain Injury Rehabilitation Proposals


ACRM Mid-Year Meeting Atlanta

Early Career Travel Scholarships to Attend Mid-Year Meeting

Early career members of the ACRM Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (BI-ISIG) are invited to apply for a travel scholarship to attend the ACRM Mid-Year Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, 28 - 29 April 2017.

FOUR (4) SCHOLARSHIPS– valued at $400 each will be awarded to support travel to the ACRM Mid-Year meeting in Atlanta!

The Executive Committee of the BI-ISIG is committed to supporting early career involvement in the BI-ISIG and its task forces. There are seven (7) productive BI-ISIG task forces from which to choose. Attending the Mid-Year Meeting and getting involved in task force work is a great way to get started. Don’t miss this opportunity to network, collaborate with experienced brain injury professionals, and advance your career!



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 >>


Two ACRM Members Receive BIAA Awards

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Congratulations to BI-ISIG Elected Officers

The following candidates were elected by the membership to serve on the BI-ISIG Executive Committee. They took office during the BI-ISIG Summit on 3 November 2016 at the ACRM Annual Conference in Chicago.

Kristen Dams-O'Connor

Chair-Elect, Kristen Dams-O'Connor

Tessa Hart

Secretary, Tessa Hart

Alan Weintraub

Treasurer, Alan Weintraub

Kristine Kingsley

Communications Officer, Kristine Kingsley

Dawn Neumann

Program/Awards Officer, Dawn Neumann

Monique Pappadis

Early Career Officer, Monique Pappadis