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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 ore 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.


Seeking Collaborators to Develop Information/Education Page on Pain

The MVANG Community Reintegration Task Force is seeking collaborators to assist with development of an Information /Education Page (I/EP) on pain and associated co-morbidities. The Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation publishes I/EPs as tear-out sheets designed for practitioners to copy or download to provide consumer-friendly information to people with disabilities, their caregivers and/or clinicians. The purpose of this I/EP is to begin reconceptualizing co-morbidities so that they are more meaningful in rehabilitation outcomes research.

If you’re interested in collaborating, please contact task force Co-Chair, Gail Powell-Cope, PhD.

Summary of proposed I/EP

Co-morbidities are typically medical diagnoses. The traditional way to examine co-morbidities in research is to sum them, weighted by the risk of dying with each one. The problem with mental health diagnoses and co-morbid disabilities is that they may rank low in risk of dying, yet could rank high if classified by disability factors that are meaningful to individuals, such as the ability to live independently.

Using a mortality risk index could underestimate the effect of functioning, a primary outcome in rehabilitation research.  In addition, psychological diagnoses often have overlapping symptoms such as fatigue, pain, headache, poor concentration and difficulty making decisions and may not clearly differentiate diagnoses such as traumatic brain injury, depression, anxiety, and substance use disorder.  The purpose of this informational sheet is to begin to reconceptualizing co-morbidities so that they are more meaningful in rehabilitation outcomes research.

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



Lisa Brenner imageLisa Brenner, PhD
Rocky Mountain MIRECC



2019 Projects

  • Efficacy of the Evidence-Based Assessments and Treatments with mTBI in each of the diagnoses (PTSD, Depression, SUD, Pain). New members, please communicate with Catie Johnston-Brooks if you would like to join any of these writing/project teams:
    1. SUD: Rachel Adams, John Corrigan
    2. PTSD: Catie Johnston-Brooks, Shannon Miles
    3. PAIN: Alison Cogan + ________
    4. DEPRESSION: Lisa Brenner, Amy Herrold
    5. CPG: Chris and Catie Johnston-Brooks

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


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.


Christina Dillahunt-AspillagaCHAIR: Christina (Tina) Dillahunt-Aspillaga, PhD, CRC
Associate Professor, Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program
University of South Florida
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Risa Nakase-Richardson, PhD, FACRMPAST CO-CHAIR: Risa Nakase-Richardson, PhD, FACRM
Clinical Neuropsychologist
James A. Haley VA Hospital
College of Medicine, University of South Florida
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Joel ScholtenPAST CO-CHAIR: Joel Scholten, MD
Director, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Washington DC VA Medical Center



Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Washington DC VA Medical Center
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Bridget CotnerSECRETARY: Bridget Cotner, PhD
Health Science Specialist
James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital
Center of Innovation on Disability & Rehabilitation Research
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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.

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




The MVANG gave two awards for outstanding posters presented during the ACRM 2018 Annual Conference in Dallas.

  • Military & Veteran Affairs Networking Group Best Poster Award: Dayana Calvo
  • Military & Veteran Affairs Networking Group Early Career Poster Award: Bridget Cotner