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NSA-ACRM Excellence in Post-Acute Stroke Rehabilitation Award



Congratulations to Michelle L. Woodbury, PhD, OTR/L, the 2020 recipient of the ACRM/ASA Award for Excellence in Post-Acute Stroke Rehabilitation. This award lectureship is co-sponsored by ACRM and the American Stroke Association in recognition of outstanding clinical, intellectual, and service contributions in the area of stroke. Dr. Woodbury is an Associate Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Woodbury will present the award lecture on WED 21 OCT // 2:15 – 3:30 PM ET during the ACRM VIRTUAL Annual Conference. Please stay tuned for more details, coming soon.


Michelle is an Associate Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. She has appointments in the College of Health Professions’ Department of Health Science and Research, and Division of Occupational Therapy. She received an Occupational Therapy degree from Elizabethtown College in 1986, practiced neurorehabilitation OT for 16 years, and obtained a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Florida in 2006. Her extensive career as a practicing therapist motivates her rehabilitation research because it gave her first-hand insiders knowledge of stroke rehabilitation practice and allowed her to understand the challenges associated with research-practice translation/implementation. The overall goal of her research is to test translatable scientifically-based models of rehabilitation to improve survivors’ re-engagement in meaningful life activities. She has been PI of several NIH, VA and PCORI funded projects and is the MUSC site PI for NIH StrokeNet Recovery RCTs. In addition she co-developed the stroke rehabilitation computer game Duck Duck Punch and is a research consultant with Recovr, Inc., a tele-rehabilitation start-up. Michelle is an award-winning educator and mentor. She teaches stroke rehabilitation in the MUSC OTD program, mentors students in the Health and Rehabilitation Science PhD program, and directs the MUSC Post-Professional OTD online program.