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Girls & Women with ABI Task Force





To advance scientific knowledge, develop standards of practice, and advocate for the appropriate care of girls and women with acquired brain injury and as such address the inequity of research on this area. To promote knowledge mobilization with respect to research on girls and women with acquired brain injury in collaboration with stakeholders.




Thank you for being a part of the BI-ISIG Girls and Women w/ABI Task Force! We love that 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.


Girls and Women with ABI Task Force Meeting

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

Save the date! This Group meets the first Thursday of each month.


DATE: Thursday, 2 February 2023
TIME: 2:00 PM Eastern

Meeting ID: 872 1270 6484
Passcode: 402432

Special Presentation Title: Concussion History Among Icelandic Female Athletes: Mental Health, Cognition and Possible Concussion Biomarkers

Speaker: Dr. Ingunn S. Unnsteinsdóttir Kristensen

Dr. Ingunn S. Unnsteinsdóttir Kristensen completed her bachelor and master’s in psychology from the University of Iceland. She is currently the director of the School of Executive Education & Continuous Learning at Reykjavik University and one of the owners of Heilaheilsa the only specialised concussion treatment program in Iceland. Ingunn defended her Ph.D. at the Department of Psychology at Reykjavik University in September 2022. Her Ph.D. work focused on concussion among female athletes in Iceland. The studies included in her Thesis are a part of a larger project involving Icelandic athletes, and is a collaboration between multiple specialist from different fields from the University of Iceland, Reykjavik University and the National University Hospital of Iceland.



Angela ColantonioAngela Colantonio, PhD, FACRM
Professor and Director, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute
University of Toronto/ CIHR Research Chair in Gender Work and Health
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Yelena GoldinYelena Goldin, PhD
Clinical and Research Neuropsychologist
JFK – Johnson Rehabilitation Institute
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Our task force benefits from the contributions of women with lived experience of brain injury, persons involved in advocacy, clinicians and researchers from around the world.



  • Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University of Toronto
  • Disabled Women’s Network of Canada
  • Brain Injury Canada, Women and Spinal Cord Injury Task Force
  • Pink Concussions


Don’t miss the Special Supplement to the ACRM journal, Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Sex, Gender, and Traumatic Brain Injury, guest edited by Girls and Women With ABI Task Force Chair, Dr. Angela Colantonio.

First published with the February 2016 issue. READ IT ONLINE >>>


Task force co-chairs, Angela Colantonio and Yelena Goldin, note progress on advocacy via Capitol Hill presence, as well as increased awareness, through “Pink Concussion” events on sports injuries & domestic violence.

Furthermore, the task force has been working hard to shed light into specific consumer needs; members have been surveying the literature in order to construct an appropriate questionnaire which would be ultimately distributed to consumers nationally through the Brain Injury Association of America, as well as locally via brain injury associations. For more information, please contact Monique Pappadis.

Several other projects involve a study on understanding disparities in access to care for women, and a systematic review using a sex/gender dimension in the analysis. There are several upcoming conferences including a National Institute of Health (NIH) workshop in December; the NIH meeting is to result in a white paper.

Several members, including Angela Colantonio, Peg Nosek and Anne Forest will be presenting at conferences on standards regarding sex and gender, as well as conducting a session on technology.

There are several collaborations underway, including a systematic review of cognitive rehabilitation in aging and older adults (with Chronic TBI task force members) and a project reporting on language use and gender in rehabilitation articles (with the Spinal Cord Injury ISIG team of experts including, Heather Taylor, Peg Nosek).

For more information please contact Yelena Goldin. This task force is currently seeking new leaders to carry projects forward; they are also considering growing into a networking group, given the cross-cutting nature of the field.

2023 GOALS

  1. Monthly calls for knowledge exchange, support, mentorship
  2. Deborah Lee Price Poster Award
  3. Symposia/pre-conference sessions; invited talks; Pink Concussions
  4. Screening tools for IPV and brain injury/systematic reviews
  5. Synergy with work on underserved populations
  6. Recruitment of new members and leadership


  1. ACRM Chatauqua on IPV and Brain Injury
  2. Many other symposia: sex and gender, IPV and brain injury, underserved population
  3. Monthly calls
  4. Exceptional presentations by leading researchers as part of meeting providing information sharing and feedback including impact on COVID
  5. Special Issue in JHTR: IPV and Brain injury Completed in January
  6. Deborah Lee Price Poster Award
  7. Knowledge Transfer Activities
  8. Thank you for scholarships for trainees


  1. Increased membership and activities, monthly calls
  2. Public Education: Presentation on Capitol Hill
  3. Presentations of numerous symposia internationally
  4. Systematic reviews; Pelvic health, assistive technology
  5. Availability and access to care issues
  6. Examination of journal reporting policies
  7. Support for Brain Injury Consumers: Scholarship
  8. Synergy with International Networking Group
  9. Presentation at NIH Women and TBI workshop/White paper