• Brain Injury ISIG
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation Task Force

    Cognitive Rehabilitation Task Force

    Meet us in Atlanta! ACRM Conference Fall 2017

    WED 25 OCT  12:00 PM – 1:00 PM:  Cognitive Rehabilitation Task Force Meeting

    FRI 27 OCT  4:00 PM – 5:00 PM:  Cognitive Rehabilitation Task Force Systematic Review (By invitation only)    REGISTERED YET?


    To advance scientific knowledge in the area of cognitive rehabilitation (CR), to develop and disseminate guidelines for clinical practice in CR based on scientific principles/knowledge, and to advocate for appropriate CR interventions for individuals with cognitive deficits due to acquired brain injury.



    Keith Cicerone, PhD, ABPP, FACRM
    JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute
    Edison, NJ
    +1.732.906.2640 Ext. 42200

    Donna Langenbahn, PhD, FACRM
    Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center
    New York, NY

    Lance E. Trexler, PhD, HSPP, FACRM
    Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
    Indianapolis, IN



    Systematic Review of CR with TBI & Stroke. Keith Cicerone, Donna Langenbahn et. others.  Many sections have been written in outline or draft form and submitted to Keith Cicerone.  Keith would like to move that towards a narrative summary emphasizing new trends, future recommendations, and whether any guidelines have changed.  Draft ready by our October Annual Meeting. Also looking at another opportunity to re-analyze our data using the AAN Guidelines, which are stricter, but could help give the resulting guidelines more impact (e.g., with insurance companies).

    Systematic Review of CR with MCI and dementia – Yelena Goldin, Kristine Kingsley, Yelena Bogdanova; Systematic review in process on cognitive remediation and dementia.  If interested, please contact: Dr. Yelena Goldin

    Systematic Review of CR with Psychiatric Disorders - Keith Ganci, and Tom Bergquist; Systematic review of 40 studies with the schizophrenic population, with lots of psychosocial interventions; another review had 18-20 studies, trend to show greater improvement with CR among those with schizo-affective and affective disorders than with schizophrenia diagnoses.  Plan is to analyze the papers for evidence of well-defined and good cognitive rehabilitation interventions and then re-analyze just those that are domain specific, include therapist involvement, etc.

    Systematic review of CR with other Medical Conditions – Donna Langenbahn; the first review was published in 2013, based on AAN guidelines, which basically encompass quality indicators.  First article includes diagnostic areas of brain tumor, toxic encephalopathy, systemic lupus erythematosus, encephalitis, anoxia, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease.  Current review search has also included Lyme disease, and multiple sclerosis. They will include articles through end of 2015.  Those interested in this review please contact donna.langenbahn@nyumc.org

    CR Manual 2nd Edition and Workshops - Rebecca Eberle and Amy Rosenbaum; New chapters are being considered, including single-case design considerations and groups.  There will be an updated table of contents. There was a question whether a chapter on pediatric CR would be included. The authors hope to have a draft by next spring and to publish in Fall 2017 with new training to follow. There have now been 13 Workshops presented, 4 international, and 6 planned this year. They have brought in new faculty, and have more systematic slide decks and handouts for standardization.

    Curriculum Committee – Rebecca Eberle and Michael Fraas; In 2012 this group formed to turn the Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual into a textbook, and the committee has been investigating the need and the market for this project, who is currently teaching CR, and what tools they are using.  Manual 2nd Edition Table of Contents will expand further to make it into an ACRM Textbook.  Expansion ideas include a chapter on the demographics of brain injury, a glossary, case studies at end of each chapter, and discussion/study questions, as well as an electronic interactive tool for knowledge checks and video demonstrations, and a chapter on assessment/testing methods. If interested contact: rebeberl@indiana.edu

    Implementation of Recommendations - Larissa Swan; Implementation project to survey CR Manual Workshop attendees to ascertain recommendations and barriers in applying learning into clinical practice.  Areas of interest are: personal implementation of strategies as well as implementation within a team/facility/organization-wide.  Results will be broken into domains, including cultural differences (reported as a factor). Monthly calls, if interested, contact: larissa.swan@rhin.com

    New Projects – Jennifer Wethe; Systematic review for outcome measures for stroke, led by Robyn Tate, with 13,000 abstracts to review.  There was a question regarding interest in looking at cultural factors, such as Spanish speakers or other ethnic minorities that are not represented well in the norms.  This does not appear to be a part of the current project.  Measures are currently being categorized by measurement domains, such as participation, quality of life, etc.  If interested, contact wethe.jennifer@mayo.edu