Meet us in Atlanta! ACRM Conference Fall 2017

WED 25 OCT  12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: International Networking Group Executive Committee Meeting (By invitation only)

THUR 26 OCT  7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: International Networking Group Annual Business Meeting

FRI 27 OCT  4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: International Networking Group Service Delivery Task Force Meeting


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The ACRM International Networking Group is a community of rehabilitation professionals from around the world whose mission is to communicate and collaborate across international boundaries to advance rehabilitation research and evidence-based practice.

It fosters international collaborations among rehabilitation researchers, consumers, and providers through multi-site research; disseminates evidence-based practice recommendations through active participation in the ACRM Annual Conference; and develops educational materials.

This interdisciplinary group of ACRM members and rehabilitation stakeholders is committed to evidence-based practice and policy that advances the organization, delivery, and financing of rehabilitation services. The International Networking Group builds on the ACRM commitment to interdisciplinary research that reaches across health conditions and the continuum of rehabilitation care.

International Rehab Content at the ACRM 2017 Annual Conference

Join us at the ACRM Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research this fall, for NONSTOP educational content focused on international rehabilitation. Plus, dive deep into intensive Pre-Conference Instructional Courses or Specialized Workshops on a wide variety of topics.

Up to 44 hours of CE available.




Fofi Constantinidou, PhD, CCC-SLP, FACRMCHAIR

Fofi Constantinidou, PhD, CCC-SLP, FACRM
Professor of Language Disorders & Clinical Neuropsychology
Center for Applied Neuroscience University of Cyprus
Nicosia, Cyprus
T:  011+  357 22 89 2078

Chetan Phadke, BPhT, PhDSECRETARY

Chetan Phadke, BPhT, PhD
West Park Healthcare Centre
York, Ontario, Canada
T:  416.243.3600 x 2716


Eva Pettemeridou, MSc
PhD student, Center for Applied Neuroscience, Department of Psychology
University of Cyprus

Nicosia, Cyprus

Rozlie Townsend, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Ohio Health
Columbus, OH

“How Does ACRM Help Internationally?"

Fofi Constantinidou, PhD CCC-SLP, FACRM
Center for Applied Neuroscience, University of Cyprus


One of the most valuable benefits of ACRM membership is the opportunity to participate in the many interdisciplinary special interest groups (ISIG) and networking groups.

ING is ACRM's Global Initiative. Join us for networking, career growth and mentoring opportunities!

Click the JOIN NOW button to learn more or contact Member Services at +1.703.435.5335 for personal assistance.



 Introducing the NEW ING Newsletter

The inaugural issue of Rehab Pulse: Around the World is now published!


ACRM Board Welcomes First International Member

Fofi ConstantinidouFofi Constantinidou, PhD, CCC-SLP, FACRM, made ACRM history this year when she accepted appointment as a member-at-large on the ACRM Board of Governors. She is the first international member to serve in this role.

Dr. Constantinidou is a professor of Language Disorders & Clinical Neuropsychology and Director of the Center for Applied Neuroscience at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia, Cyprus and an active member of ACRM since 2006. Dr. Constantinidou is an ACRM fellow and has served for many years as chair of the ACRM International Networking Group whose members represent more than 60 countries. ACRM is honored by her many contributions and pleased to welcome her to the board of governors.


Dr. Bernard Brucker

Dr. Bernard Brucker


Each year, the International Networking Group sponsors the Brucker International Symposium held during the ACRM Annual Conference. This ING signature event was established in 2008 in memory of Dr. Bernard (Bernie) Brucker, a long-standing ACRM member, who died unexpectedly that year. Originally established as a lecture luncheon, the event has become a popular ACRM tradition and continues today as a very special symposium.

Brucker International Symposium Presenter: Μaria Vlassopoulos, PhD; University of Athens School of Medicine: at ACRM Conference: Atlanta USA

2017 Brucker International Symposium: The Refugee Crisis in Greece and the Response of Mental Health Professional Community

THU 26 OCT 2017
Hilton Atlanta // 255 Courtland St NE

GUEST SPEAKER: Μaria Vlassopoulos, PhD
Assistant Professor of Language and Communication Pathology, 1st Psychiatric Department
University of Athens School of Medicine

Studies have shown that the refugee experience potentially has such adverse effects that a mental health delivery system in refugee camps is imperative. In most cases, these services are provided by social workers, nurses, and other mental health personnel, such as psychiatrists or psychologists. Although at some level cooperation between the different humanitarian groups, NGOs and other agencies may be present, each service provider answers to his/ her respective agency and there may not be an overall plan for the operation of these programmes.

This lack of leadership may result in fragmentation and poor coordination. Further barriers to treatment are, amongst others, poor working conditions, frequent staff turnover and burnout, language and cultural barriers as well as, more seriously, the lack of individual follow-up of the refugees as they move from one camp to the other, often in different countries.


Dr. Vlassopoulos is Assistant Professor in Language and Communication Pathology in the University of Athens School of Medicine. Her teaching experience consists of pre- and post-graduate classes and seminars for medical students, as well as speech and language therapists. Her clinical as well as managerial experience consists of the organization and coordination of the Early Intervention Programme for children with neurodevelopmental disorders at the Child and Adolescent Unit of the Community Mental Health Centre (CMHC) of Byron-Kessariani, 1st Department of Psychiatry, in Athens from 1984 to the present day. She has worked extensively in prevention in the community where she works, and has organized and conducted numerous seminars and other educational activities. Since 2006 she has been a delegate of the Comité Permanent de Liaison des Orthophonistes-Logopèdes  (CPLOL) of the European Union, where she was Vice-President (Education) from 2009 -2016. Her research interests include developmental  language impairments and their long-term outcomes, multicultural /multilingual developmental language disorders and their differential diagnosis, as well as service delivery in times of economic difficulties. She has a number of publications in both English-language and Greek scientific journals. In 2016 she organized a scientific symposium on the refugee crisis and migrant children’s mental health challenges and is particularly interested in this vulnerable population.


Past Brucker International Speakers

2016: Stephanie Nixon, BA, BHSc, MSc, PhD, Global Health and Rehabilitation Research: What are the opportunities on the horizon?

2015:  Eli Vakil, PhD, Dissociation Between Memory Processes: The Contribution of Research on Memory Impairment Following Traumatic Brain Injury

2014:  Donald T. Stuss, PhD, C Psych, ABPP-CN, Completing the Circle between Science and Rehabilitation: The Ontario Brain Institute Story

2013:  Kathryn M. McPherson, RN, RM, DIP HV, BA (HONS), PhD, International Partnering in Research

2012:  Marcel Post, PhD, Need and Opportunities for Cross-Cultural Studies on Quality of Life in Rehabilitation Medicine

2011:  John Stone, PhD, Issues in International Collaboration in Rehabilitation Research



Contact the ING Chair, Fofi Constantinidou, or any task force chair to learn more about current projects and ways to get involved. Members meet monthly via teleconference to discuss their ongoing work. including:

  • New opportunities for research collaboration
  • Updates on current projects
  • Development of new dissemination products
  • International programming for the ACRM Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research


International group

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View Current Task Force Members


Contact the chairs of any task force to learn more about their current projects and ways you might get involved.  All members are welcome and encouraged to participate.

International group



Co-chairs:Donna Langenbahn, PhD, FACRM
Angela Colantonio, PhD, FACRM
  • Promote international research and cooperation
  • Identify funding sources for future research opportunities



Chair:Chris MacDonell, FACRM
Focus:Develop materials and website content to inform ACRM members and other rehabilitation stakeholders about the activities of the International Networking Group and opportunities for involvement.



Co-chairs:Kristine Kingsley, PsyD, ABPP-Rp
Arshia Ahmad, MD, MRCP (UK), MSc
Focus:The mission of the Service Delivery Task Force is to bring together an international network of providers and funders to promote sharing and learning about different service delivery models and to encourage development of new services which are evidence informed, cost effective and culturally sensitive.


ACRM membership includes affiliation with any ACRM community forum. Members may participate in any group, including Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, and Stroke Interdisciplinary Special Interest Groups; Early Career, Healthcare Policy, International, and Outcomes Measurement Networking Groups; as well as groups now forming for Geriatric Rehabilitation, Pain, Neurodegenerative Diseases, and Pediatric Rehabilitation. Nonmembers are welcome and encouraged to participate in any networking or  forming group. Please contact Terri Compos, ACRM Community Relations Manager, for details.