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Brain Injury ISIG TASK FORCE: Cognitive Rehabilitation

Cognitive Rehabilitation Task Force



The mission of the BI-ISIG Cognitive Rehabilitation Task Force is 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.




Thank you for being a part of the BI-ISIG Cognitive Rehabilitation Task Force. We love that the ACRM attracts the most passionate interdisciplinary mix of rehabilitation pros from around the world. What an honor to collaborate with such driven individuals. We hope to meet with you at our upcoming networking group meeting to discuss current projects and opportunities for contribution and collaboration.

ACRM BI-ISIG Cognitive Rehabilitation Task Force Meeting

Join us this month to discuss the 2023 ACRM Annual Conference, Task Force updates, and new projects. We welcome your participation.

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DATE: the first Monday every month
TIME: 2:00 PM ET

We hope to see you there!

Meeting ID: 846 4156 5536
Passcode: 230206



Amy Shapiro-Rosenbaum, PhD, FACRM
TBI Program Director
Park Terrace Care Center
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Thomas Bergquist imageThomas F. Bergquist, PhD, LP, ABPP, FACRM
Associate Professor
Mayo Clinic



Yelena Goldin imageYelena Goldin, PhD
Clinical and Research Neuropsychologist
JFK-Johnson Rehabilitation Institute
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There are currently four ongoing systematic reviews of cognitive rehabilitation (CR) at different stages of execution:

  1. A systematic review of CR by Keith Cicerone et al., with TBI & Stroke (2009-2014), is at its last stage of writing. Authors are currently considering re-analyzing date, using AAN guidelines.
  2. A systematic review with other medical conditions is currently being prepared with Donna Langenbahn spearheading the initiative. In addition to the diagnostic areas of brain tumor, toxic encephalopathy, systemic lupus erythematosus, encephalitis, anoxia, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease, the current review search has also included Lyme disease and multiple sclerosis. Those interested in assisting with this review, please contact
  3. A systematic review of CR with individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia is currently underway. Yelena Goldin, Kristine Kingsley, & Yelena Bogdanova are currently recruiting. If interested, kindly contact
  4. A systematic review of CR with psychiatric conditions is led by Keith Ganci, and Tom Bergquist. During the initial stages, 40 studies describing interventions with schizophrenic population were reviewed. Many of the treatments were psychosocial in nature. Another review of 18-20 studies suggested a clear trend of improvement in cognitive functioning, for individuals with schizo-affective and affective disorders rather than those with a schizophrenia diagnosis alone. The authors plan to analyze the papers for evidence of well-defined and good CR interventions, and subsequently focus on just those that are domain specific, and/or include references to therapist involvement.

Rebecca Eberle and Amy Rosenbaum, are currently organizing a team of authors to revise the cognitive rehabilitation manual, as well as the training workshops. This will mark the second edition of the ACRM CR manual. There have now been 15 Workshops presented, 4 international, and one more planned for this year in Atlanta.

Additionally, Rebecca Eberle and Michael Fraas have formed a group to turn the Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual into a textbook. Members of the current committee have been investigating the need and the market for this project, such as “who is currently teaching CR”, and “what tools they are using” There are several ideas of expansion on the table, including a chapter on the demographics of brain injury, a glossary, case studies at end of each chapter, and discussion/study questions, an electronic interactive tool for knowledge checks and video demonstrations, as well as a chapter on assessment/testing methods. For more information, please contact

Larissa Swan is currently leading an implementation project to survey CR Manual Workshop attendees, in an attempt to ascertain recommendations and barriers in applying learning into clinical practice.  Areas of interest identified are: personal implementation of strategies as well as implementation within a team/facility/organization-wide.  Results will be broken into domains and will include cultural differences. The committee runs monthly calls. For more information please contact

2023 GOALS

  1. Initiate updated EBR of CR effectiveness 2015-2020 (pending funding support)
  2. Initiate EBR of CR effectiveness in other medical populations w/ cognitive impairment (possibly with cross TF collaboration)
  3. Expand CR training curriculum
  4. Complete survey research to guide development of future trainings and support international implementation of the CR trainings
  5. Develop first products for CR Care Partner Tool Kit


  • Official launch of ACRM CR 2nd Edition Manual and Textbook
  • Development of manual companion website (with help of ACRM leadership team)
  • Launch of updated core ACRM CR live and virtual training programs
  • Development and launch of NEW ACRM Pediatric CR Training Program (in large part due to efforts of the Pediatric CRTF)
  • Provided systematic review training for TF members
  • Complete abstract reviews for updated EBR of computerized CR interventions
  • Completing Phase 1 of a CR Care Partner Tool Kit Environmental Scan (gathering and rating resources)

How Can I Get Involved?

  • Several ongoing projects at different levels of maturity – always opportunity for new person to step into:
    • EBR’s on effectiveness of computerized CR interventions, CR in other medical populations w/ cognitive impairment, MCI, and dementia
    • Facility Implementation Project
    • CR Care Partner Tool Kit
  • Many new project ideas – great time to get involved:
    • Public education efforts including professional development, consumer education products and activities
    • Cross Task Force collaborations