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American Stroke Association / ACRM

Young Investigator Award in Post-Acute Stroke Rehabilitation


The ASA/ACRM Young Investigator Award recognizes an individual professional and ACRM member who demonstrates drive and commitment to furthering rehabilitation research in the area of post-stroke care, measurement, and/or stroke patient outcomes.

This award is open to young investigators <5 years post training. The award comes with a plaque and a $500 award. The recipient will also be expected to present his/her work during the ACRM Annual Conference.


The Stroke ISIG is seeking nominations for the awarded Stroke Program lectureship, the American Stroke Association / ACRM Young Investigator Award in Post-Acute Stroke Rehabilitation.




  • Candidates have made significant contributions to stroke rehabilitation research during their early career work.
  • Candidate must be a current member of ACRM.
  • Candidate must attend the current year’s ACRM annual conference.
  • The candidate does not need to be the senior author on all papers submitted as part of the application process but must be the senior author on at least one of the papers submitted.
  • Members may self-nominate.

Nominations Must Include:

  • A statement of approximately 500 words in length outlining the nominee’s research accomplishments in rehabilitation.
  • Three letters of support written by ACRM members and submitted through the ENDORSEMENT FORM.
  • Three peer-reviewed publications. Manuscripts accepted, but not yet published, are acceptable as well as those already in print.
  • A CV for the nominee.

Demonstration of service to ACRM, although not a required criteria, will be considered in review of the application. As such, it is advantageous to discuss any such service in one’s nomination statement.

How to Submit

Please submit nomination statement, publications and CV as one pdf via email to Terri Compos, Community Relations Manager.

2019 RECIPIENT: Suzanne Burns, PHD, OTR


Suzanne C. BurnsCongratulations to Suzanne Burns, PhD, OTR, the 2019 recipient of the ASA/ACRM Young Investigator Award in Post-Acute Stroke Rehabilitation. Dr. Burns is an assistant professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman’s University. This award lectureship is co-sponsored by the American Stroke Association and ACRM, and recognizes professionals who demonstrate drive and commitment to furthering rehabilitation research in the area of post-stroke care, measurement, and/or stroke patient outcomes.

Dr. Burns will present the award lecture on 5 November at the ACRM Annual Conference in Chicago. Watch for more details coming soon!


Suzanne Perea Burns, PhD, OTR is Assistant Professor at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. Her research foci are two-fold: (1) examining how post-stroke executive dysfunction manifests during everyday life in the context of the community and (2) developing mHealth interventions to support community living outcomes in persons with disabilities.



2018: Kimberly P. Hreha, EdD, MS, OTR/L
Community Dwelling Stroke Survivors with Multiple Incidence of Stroke: A Follow-Up Study Assessing Motor and Spatial Dysfunction

2017: John Ross Rizzo, MD
Eye Control Deficits Coupled to Hand Control Deficits: Eye-Hand Incoordination in Chronic Stroke