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Movement Interventions Task Force


The Movement Interventions Task Force is a dynamic group of neurorehabilitation researchers and clinicians representing a variety of disciplines from across the United States and Canada. A common interest among all members and the theme of this task force is movement after stroke. Movement-related deficits are the most common impairments exhibited after stroke, and in many cases, the most disabling. Yet, there remain few therapies that effectively target stroke motor impairments.

Moreover, the therapeutic ingredients that most impact motor changes after stroke, and the ways in which movement-related variables change after stroke (i.e. speed, precision, strength, pacing), remain poorly understood.

We are a product-oriented group focusing on developing new knowledge about movement after stroke through the development of presentations, papers, and other educational materials for patients, care partners, and professionals.

For more information about the Movement Interventions Task Force contact either of the co-chairs listed below.


Thank you for being a part of the Stroke-ISIG Movement Interventions Task Force. 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 to discuss current projects and opportunities for contribution and collaboration.

Stoke-ISIG Movement Interventions Task Force Meeting

Save the Date! 

DATE: Second Wednesday of each Month
TIME: 4:00 PM Eastern

We hope to see you there!




Susan Fasoli, ScD, OTR/L

Susan Fasoli, ScD, OTR/L


MGH Institute of Health Professions
Charlestown, Massachusetts

Elena V. Donoso Brown, PhD, OTR/L

Elena V. Donoso Brown, PhD, OTR/L


Associate Professor
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA


To be a leading forum for stroke rehabilitation research, knowledge translation with regard to the treatment of movement disorders following stroke.


To facilitate interprofessional collaborations among clinicians, students, consumers, and research scientists interested in advancing stroke movement interventions.


Identify shared interests and opportunities for building collaborations among members task force members and consumers (i.e., persons post-stroke).
Organize meetings and projects to advance interdisciplinary stroke movement intervention research and dissemination.




  • Meet regularly
  • Complete survey of members to assess state of task force
  • Develop a project and collaboration with persons post-stroke
  • Submit 1 conference proposal
  • Complete 4 journal clubs in meetings
  • Submit 1 IEP


  • Met regularly
  • 3 journal clubs and 1 guest speaker at regular meetings
  • Submitted and had 3 symposia accepted for ACRM conference
  • Submitted one article or IEP for publication
  • Planned to host one Virtual Happy Hour
  • Supported the development of collaboration within the task force


  • Submit at least 1 conference proposal
  • Present at least one session/poster for conference
  • Submit one article or IEP for publication
  • Host one Virtual Happy Hour



ACRM 2020 Annual Conference Symposia Presentations


  1. Adherence in Rehabilitation submitted by Elena Donoso Brown Co-presenters: Lynne Gauthier, Veronica Rowe, Jeanne Langan and Steve Page.
  2. Showing you care about stroke patients through use of common data elements and Mixed model analysis – longitudinal mixed modeling in clinical studies submitted by Julie Schwertfeger and colleagues
  3. Choosing Interventions to Improve Upper Extremity Motor Function & Activity Performance in Adults Post Stroke: A Theory-based Approach submitted by Veronica Rowe, Susan Lin, Susan Fasoli, & Marsha Neville
  4. Robot-assisted Therapy and Cognitive Skills Training to Promote Upper Extremity Functional Recovery after Stroke submitted by Susan Fasoli
  5. ‘Poised for Parkinson’s’: Online Group Delivery of Alexander Classes for People Living With Parkinson’s Disease/Care Partner Dyads by Monika Gross


Poster Presentations


  1. Lau, S.C.L., Bhattacharjya, S., Fong, M.W.M., Nicol, G.E., Lenze, E.J., Baum, C., Hardi, A., & Wong, A.W.K. (2020). Self-management tele-rehabilitation for people with neurological diseases: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Presented at the 97th American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Annual Conference, Virtual Conference.
  2. Lee, Y., Neff, A.J., & Wong, A.W.K. (2020). Understanding Momentary Relationships of Somatic and Mood Symptoms with Social Interactions among Persons with Stroke. Presented at the 97th American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Annual Conference, Virtual Conference.
  3. Wong, A.W.K., Fong, M.W.M., & Ottenbacher, K.J. (2020). Recovery dynamics of depression, social support, and functional status after inpatient stroke rehabilitation. Presented at the 97th American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Annual Conference, Virtual Conference.
  4. Walsh, R.J., Fong, M.W.M., Metts, C.L., & Wong, A.W.K. (2020). Neurocognitive impairments and assistance needed to perform daily activities among community-dwelling stroke survivors: An ecological momentary assessment (EMA) study. Presented at the 97th American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Annual Conference, Virtual Conference.
  5. Knutson, J. Contralaterally Controlled Functional Electrical Stimulation of Triceps Improves Recovery of Reachable Workspace After Stroke (2020) (published in AJPMR) – Stroke ISIG Outstanding poster award recipient


Publication in Press


Lau, S.C.L., Bhattacharjya, S., Fong, M.W.M., Nicol, G.E., Lenze, E.J., Baum, C., Hardi, A., & Wong, A.W.K. (2020). Effectiveness of theory-based digital self-management interventions for improving depression, anxiety, fatigue, and self-efficacy in people with neurological disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. In Press.