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The ACRM International Networking Group (ING) 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.

The ING will serve as a catalyst for ACRM’s global growth and through its membership and activities will bring an international perspective on rehabilitation research, service delivery, and education. It builds on the ACRM commitment to interdisciplinary research that reaches across health conditions and the continuum of rehabilitation care.

International group


  • Facilitate international exposure of ACRM and international representation at the ACRM meetings
  • Serve as a liaison among discipline-specific ACRM communities as well as to communicate and collaborate across international boundaries to promote cultural sensitivity
  • Advance interdisciplinary rehabilitation research, promote capacity building and improve rehabilitation outcomes through evidence-based practice.


  • To foster international collaborations among rehabilitation researchers, consumers, and providers
  • To disseminate evidence-based practice recommendations through active participation in the ACRM Annual Conference
  • To develop educational materials
  • To increase outreach through the ING newsletter and website

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Share Your COVID-19 Success Stories

The International Networking Group (ING) is looking to share success stories from all around the word in managing the COVID-19 effects, with a focus on rehabilitation medicine. These stories may include public or private initiatives of clinical, research, or other content that allowed for the management and/or understanding of COVID-19.

Your success story needn’t be more than 250 words – keep it short and sweet. Longer content will be considered and will be edited down if deemed necessary.

If you wish to share your country’s / state’s / city’s success story please email Eva Pettemeridou, ING Communications Officer.

Step into a leadership role as ING Social Media Officer

The International Networking Group (ING) is looking to expand the communication’s team by including a driven and enthusiastic individual who will attract and interact with targeted virtual networks and potentially their users. More specifically, you will be responsible in promoting all up-and-coming events of the ING and/or its partners, via the Twitter platform. If you are interested, please go through the following requirements to ensure this opportunity is a good fit for you, then contact ING Chair, Fofi Constantinidou to express interest.

  • Experience with social media and specifically, Twitter (may expand to other platforms in the future – e.g. Instagram and Facebook)
  • Fluency in English – Excellent writing and creative skills (e.g. provide appropriate description of content and on-point hashtags)
  • Skills in sharing, transferring (from one platform to another), and editing content (photo/video/text)
  • Communication skills – responding and guiding followers through the information promoted may be required
  • A positive attitude

The Service Delivery Task Force Needs Your Input

Members of the Service Delivery Task Force of the International Networking Group are conducting a survey to explore opportunities and challenges clinicians / researchers encounter when working with individuals from diverse backgrounds than their own. If you have not already responded to this important survey, please search your inbox for an invitation sent from or 11 June and provide your input today. The survey will close on 30 June. If you are unable to access the survey and would like to participate, please contact Cindy Robinson.

Contribute to Ad Hoc COVID-19 Work Group

The International Networking Group has decided to establish an ad hoc work group to address some of the needs of the international rehabilitation community during the COVID-19 Pandemic with the charge to work on the following two issues:

  • Create a depository of helpful material and links, relevant to the international community
  • How do we address mental health needs in this time of crisis? There have been innovative approaches proposed and we can certainly learn from our Chinese colleagues. One idea is to organize a webinar on Mental health considering the following three groups of stakeholders:
    1. Patients with covid 19 with or without rehabilitation needs
    2. People living with the fear of the disease and experiencing the effects of social isolation
    3. Health care providers who are in the front lines
  • How do we continue to provide services to those in need during the pandemic?

If you are able to share your talents and knowledge at this difficult time, please contact Fofi Constantinidou and Kristine Kingsley.

Join the Upcoming ING Meeting


WHERE: Online at GoToMeeting >>
Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

JOIN BY PHONE: United States: +1. 646.749.3122
Access Code: 136-025-493

Contact the International Networking Group 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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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.


“How Does ACRM Help Internationally?”

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

Memories from past ACRM Conferences

CLICK IMAGE for Slideshow of International Networking Group members in action…
ACRM International Networking Group

Dr. Bernard Brucker

Bernard Brucker

Brucker International Symposium

Each year, the International Networking Group sponsors the Brucker International Symposium held during the ACRM Annual Conference. This 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. Learn More >>

2020 Brucker International Symposium

SPECIAL SYMPOSIUM: BRUCKER INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: Conducting International Rehabilitation Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials — Dina Brooks, PT, PhD


2019: Lena Verdeli, PhD, MSc, Capacity-Building in Low-Resource Regions: Lessons Learned from Global Mental Health

2018: Iracema Leroi, MD, FRCPC, MRCPSYCH, Ears, Eyes and Mind: The SENSE-Cog Project to Promote Well-Being for Elderly Europeans

2017: Maria Vlassopoulos, PhD, The Refugee Crisis in Greece and the Response of Mental Health Professional Community

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

Poster Awards

The International Networking Group annually presents an award for the best international poster presented at the ACRM Annual Conference.

2018 International Networking Group Poster Award >>

2017 Poster Award Recipient: Feng-Hang Chang
Application of the Dual Panel Translation Approach to Adapt A Patient-reported Outcome Measure