Military Veterans Affairs





The new ACRM Military / Veterans Affairs Networking Group (MVANG) offers networking opportunities between non-government ACRM members and VA personnel, and functions as an advisory group to the ACRM Board of Governors and CEO to maximize VA participation in ACRM.  Please contact the networking group co-chairs to learn more and get involved.



The MVANG fosters collaboration among researchers, clinicians and organizations (both public and private) and  provides high quality evidence-based education and training to rehabilitation  professionals to promote and advance the science and practice of rehabilitation appropriate for military and Veteran populations and their family members. This is accomplished primarily through Annual Conference offerings and other product development including web-based content, fact sheets, articles for publication in the ACRM journal, as well as dynamic and committed leadership of and participation in the MVANG task forces.

ACRM 2018 Call for Proposals

The Program Committee invites proposals focused on research evidence and its translation into clinical practice for presentation at the ACRM 2018 Annual Conference in Dallas.

See Guidelines & Submit >>


Work Group Collaboration Opportunity

Introducing a new work group in the MVANG community, the Brain Injury-Focus on Behavioral Health (BI-FoBH) Work Group. Our mission is:

  1. The education of stakeholders about the negative impact of co-occurring behavioral health conditions on rehabilitation outcomes
  2. The promotion of evidence-based assessment and treatment of these co-occurring behavioral health conditions in the rehabilitation setting


Catie Johnston-Brooks, PhD, ABPP-CN
Marcus Institute for Brain Health
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus

Lisa Brenner, PhD
Rocky Mountain MIRECC

We meet the second Tuesday of the month at 9:00 AM MST/ 7:00 AM EST.

Please reach out to Catie Johnston-Brooks if you are interested in joining the work group.


Linda Resnik

Linda Resnik

Linda Resnik Receives Paul B. Magnuson Award

ACRM member, Linda Resnik, PT, PhD, FAPTA, received the prestigious Paul B. Magnuson Award in recognition of her extraordinary commitment to veterans with limb loss, contributions to the design and evaluation of prosthetic devices and controls, and her pioneering developments in the measurement and evaluation of rehabilitation care delivery. It is the highest honor awarded by the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development (RR&D) service. The award was presented at the ACRM Annual Conference Awards Gala on 27 October 2017 in Atlanta.

Dr. Resnik is a research career scientist with the Providence VA Medical Center in Rhode Island and an active member of the ACRM Military/VA Networking Group.



Joel ScholtenCo-Chair:  Joel D. Scholten, MD
Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Washington DC VA Medical Center
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Risa Nakase-RichardsonCo-Chair:  Risa Nakase-Richardson, PhD, FACRM
Clinical Neuropsychologist
James A. Haley Veterans Hospital
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Secretary:  Linda M. Picon, MCD, CCC-SLP
VA Senior Consultant
Department of Veterans Affairs


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.

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





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Gail Powell-Cope

Gail Powell-Cope

Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga

Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga

Co-Chair: Christina (Tina) Dillahunt-Aspillaga, PhD, CRC
Associate Professor, Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program
University of South Florida
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Co-Chair: Gail Powell-Cope, PhD
Co-Director, HSR&D, Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research  (CINDRR)
James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa
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  • Connecting military, veteran and civilian researchers who study community reintegration
  • Participation in community life: employment or other productive activity, such as volunteering, work, or school; independent living; and social relationships and activities.
  • Members contribute to dissemination products, e.g., ACRM conference symposia, workshops, fact sheets, manuscripts.
  • We welcome researchers from academia, private institutions, government (DOD, VA)
  • Open-membership task force - We encourage members to invite colleagues' participation.

Goals for 2018

  1. Identify five new dissemination/implementation products and leads, two of which are in collaboration with other ACRM communities.
  2. Mentor two individuals who have never led development of a product
  3. Submit two to three symposia to 2018 ACRM conference and four posters
  4. Increase collaboration among Members by facilitating partnerships through networking at conferences and during quarterly calls.


Military Caregiver Task Force

Angelle Sander

Angelle Sander

Lillian Stevens

Lillian Stevens

Co-Chair: Lillian Flores Stevens, PhD
Research Psychologist
Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center

Co-Chair: Angelle Sander, PhD, FACRM
Associate Professor
Baylor College of Medicine
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  • To promote collaboration and translation of research toward improving the quality of life of caregivers of Veterans and Service Members
  • To develop research and dissemination materials to improve the lives of caregivers of Veterans and Service Members

Please contact the co-chairs if you are interested in joining this new task force!


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Maheen Adamson

Maheen Adamson

Co-Chair: Maheen Mausoof Adamson, PhD
Senior Scientific and Research Director, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Clinical Associate Professor, Neurosurgery/Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Stanford Medical School
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Co-Chair: Karen Besterman-Dahan, PhD, RD
Research Health Science Specialist, Center of Innovation On Disability & Rehabilitation Research
James A. Haley Veterans Hospital
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The ACRM Novel Research Methods Task Force focuses on bringing together Veteran and Military research groups from various research backgrounds, such as those that utilize either qualitative and quantitative assessment methodologies. Members contribute to ACRM conference, develop workshops and other products of interest and provide networking opportunities for researchers from diverse backgrounds.

Ideas for Future Panels or Symposia

  • Qualitative Comparative Analysis:
  • ATLAS.ti v.8: A focus of a symposium could be the ways people use it and what features they use (because researchers use it differently)
  • GIS mapping for implementation research



Congratulations to the 2017 Military and Veterans Affairs Networking Group Poster Award winners! These posters were presented at the ACRM 94th Annual Conference in Atlanta.

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Rachel Adams

Treatment Patterns Among Soldiers With or Without Psychological Health Problems, TBI, and Pain
First Author: Rachel Adams

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Bridget Cotner

Quality of Sleep in Caregivers of Service Members and Veterans With Traumatic Brain Injury
First Author: Bridget Cotner