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Brain Injury-Focus on Behavioral Health Task Force



Connecting Military, Veteran and Civilian researchers with academic and clinical interests is our mission:

  • Improving the lives of Service Members and Veterans with BI and BH needs
  • 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 networking group – We encourage members to invite colleagues.



Thank you for being a part of the Military/Veterans Affairs Networking Group! We love that the 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.


MVANG Brain Injury-Focus on Behavioral Health (BI-FoBH) Task Force Meeting


Please join our workgroup expert panel discussion “Successful application for DoD Funding: Advice and Ideas, a view of the trenches from 50,000 feet”. We will be joined by David X. Cifu, MD and Jeffrey R. Hebert, PhD, PT.

Dr. Cifu is the Associate Dean of Innovation and System Integration and Eminent Scholar, Herman J. Flax, MD Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Senior Consultant, Sheltering Arms Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Senior TBI Specialist, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Cifu is Principal Investigator for the Long-term Impact of Military-relevant Brain Injury Consortium – Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (LIMBIC-CENC), Editor-in-Chief of Braddom’s Textbook of PM&R, 5th and 6th Editions, and Editor-in-Chief of Braddom’s Handbook of PM&R, 1st and 2nd Editions

Dr. Hebert, PhD, PT is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado – School of Medicine. He is the Associate Director or Research at the Marcus Institute for Brain Health and Principle Investigator on two DoD funded grants: Ocular Motor Function and Related Brain Morphology, Network, and Circuitry Metrics in Military Veterans with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Emotional Dyscontrol in Veterans with Extended History of Mild Traumatic

Brain Injury and Upright Balance Control and Auditory Sensory Processing Contributions.
Join us this month to discuss the 2022 ACRM Annual Conference, Task Force updates, and new projects. We welcome your participation.

Save the date! This group meets the second Friday every other month.


DATE: FRIDAY, 9 September
TIME: 1:00 P.M. Eastern /12:00 p.m. Central / 11:00 a.m. Mountain / 10:00 a.m. Pacific



Catharine Johnston-Brooks, PhD, ABPP-CN

Catharine Johnston-Brooks, PhD, ABPP-CN


Clincial Neuropyschologist
Marcus Institute for Brain Health

Shannon Miles, PhD

Shannon Miles, PhD


Clinical Psychologist
James A Haley Veterans Hospital


  1. Submit the last two Pocket cards for IEP.
  2. Submit one to two symposia to 2021 ACRM conference and four posters
  3. Product development: Educational product for consumer and/or clinician
  4. Increase collaboration among Members by facilitating partnerships through networking at conferences and during monthly calls.
  5. Recruit 8-10 new members
  6. Collaborate Across Communities (MVANG-CR and HSRNG, BI-ISIG)
  7. Mentor 1-2 individuals who have never led development of a product.



ACRM 2020 Annual Conference Presentations

Miles, S. R., Silva, M., Martindale, S., Troyanskaya, M., Nakase-Richardson, R. (2020, October). Putting the pieces together to understand anger: PTSD, sleep apnea, TBI, and pain as contributors. Oral presentation at the ACRM 2020 VIRTUAL Annual Conference. 

Garcia, A. M., Reljic, T., Silva, M. A., Miles, S. R., Kretzmer, T., Belanger, H., Dams-O’Connor, K., & Nakase-Richardson, R. (2020, October). Predictors of neurobehavioral symptoms after TBI in Special Operators (SOF) vs. traditional service members/veterans: A VA TBI Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems study. Oral presentation at the ACRM 2020 VIRTUAL Annual Conference. 

Middleton A, Johnston-Brooks C, Kinney AR, Prvu Bettger J, Rafferty, M. Special Symposium: Explore, Prepare, Implement, Sustain: Illustrating the Process of Rehab-related Implementation Research across Settings. ACRM 2020 VIRTUAL Annual Conference. 


ACRM 2020 Annual Conference Posters

Silva, M. A., Garcia, A., Reljic, T., Miles, S. R., Dams-O’Connor, K., & Nakase-Richardson, R. (2020, October 21-24). Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms but not traumatic brain injury severity predicted postconcussion symptoms: A VA TBI Model Systems study. Poster presented at the ACRM 2020 VIRTUAL Annual Conference, 21-24 October.   

Cotner, B. A., O’Connor, D. R., Silva, M. A., Miles, S. R., Dams-O’Connor, K., Hammond, F. M., Carlozzi, N. E., Arciniegas, D. B., Tang, X., Nakase-Richardson, R. Rehabilitation Needs of Veterans and Service Members with Traumatic Brain Injury: A Qualitative Study. Poster presented at the ACRM 2020 VIRTUAL Annual Conference, 21-24 October.


Systematic review- We have interest, and we need a point-person for the project: Activity-based programs for people with TBI (think peer and veteran service organizations, other outdoor activities). To our knowledge, there is no systematic review of what they do in a population with BH conditions. How do they measure outcomes? Are there common or essential elements that make it successful?

Review of evidence-based psychotherapies with regard to individuals with cognitive difficulties: adaptations, accommodations, specific-types of cognitive issues, or behavioral impairment due to cognitive changes/brain injury. RE-AIM framework-Implementation: how was an intervention adapted; Looking at how adaptations were derived and validated.

ACRM 2021-Cross-cutting symposium: with PAIN, or BI-SIG, Health Services Research (health care utilization in patients with TBI and BH conditions e.g. James Graham), Chronic Issues Task Force, other Task Forces within ACRM?

Looking into other Networking and Special Interest Groups for collaboration

ACRM symposium: within our group (or cross-cutting)-share research interests and look for intersections/opportunities

Summer 2021 – Use monthly meeting to review REPORT TO CONGRESS on the 11-Year Update, Longitudinal Study on Traumatic Brain Injury Incurred by Members of the Armed Forces in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM: research priorities