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TUE 1 NOV // 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM


Primary Content Focus:  Clinical practice (assessment, diagnosis, treatment, knowledge translation/EBP)

This course, co-sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology Guideline Development, Dissemination, and Implementation Committee and the ACRM Evidence and Practice Committee, presents “how to” information that will help clinicians and researchers evaluate, synthesize, and translate research evidence into everyday clinical practice. A primary aim is to de-mystify evidence-based practice concepts and equip participants with the knowledge and tools needed to translate evidence (e.g., a published article or clinical trial data) into action (e.g., choosing and implementing a specific intervention). This course will use brief didactic presentations and emphasize applying new knowledge in small work groups.


  1. Understand the principles of EBM, systematic review of evidence, and how these apply to the everyday practice of rehabilitation
  2. Analyze published articles that address therapeutic questions, assessing their accuracy and scientific rigor
  3. Synthesize the evidence from available studies with a focus on low-bias properly statistically analyzed research
  4. Make appropriate evidence-based clinical decisions on the selection of treatments based on evaluated research, and reduce making clinical decisions based on studies with very high bias and/or misuse of statistical procedures
  5. Increase comfort and confidence developing clinical research questions, evaluating and synthesizing findings, and making evidence-based clinical determinations in everyday practice and formal practice guidelines



  • evidence-based practice
  • evidence-based medicine
  • rehabilitation
  • practice guidelines
  • knowledge translation



Ronald Seel

Ronald Seel, PhD, FACRM
O. Wayne Rollins Director of Acquired Brain Injury Research, Shepherd Center

Dr. Seel is the O. Wayne Rollins Director of Acquired Brain Injury Research for the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Seel has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles on brain injury, spinal cord injury, and Parkinson’s disease with an emphasis on evidence-based practice, diagnostic and prognostic assessment, safety and independent living, and disorders of consciousness. Dr. Seel currently serves as chair of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Evidence and Practice Committee, and is a member of the ACRM Policy and Legislation committee and the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation editorial board. He previously served as chair of the ACRM Brain Injury-Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group and an at-large member of the ACRM Board of Governors. Dr. Seel has been nationally recognized for his leadership and research including the 2010 ACRM Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award and the 2012 ACRM Distinguished Member Award. He was named a Fellow of the ACRM in 2013. Dr. Seel earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and completed his MS and PhD in Counseling Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He was awarded and completed pre- and post-doctoral research fellowships in Rehabilitation and Neuropsychology at the Medical College of Virginia. Prior to joining Shepherd Center, he was Executive Director of the Southeastern Parkinson’s Disease Research Education and Clinical Center and Associate Director of Research and Neuropsychological Services for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center at the McGuire Veteran’s Medical Center in Richmond, VA.

Gary Gronseth, MD, FAAN
Professor and Vice-Chair, Neurology, University of Kansas Medical Center

Dr. Gronseth earned his undergraduate degree at Marquette University in 1977. He graduated in 1981 with a degree in medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed his internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Milwaukee in 1982. Dr. Gronseth finished flight surgeon education at the School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio and subsequently served as Chief of Aerospace Medicine at Malstrom Air Force Base in Montana. In 1989, he completed his Neurology residency at Wilford Hall Air Force Base in San Antonio. From 1996 to 2002, he was Chairman of Neurology and Director of the Neurology residency program at Wilford Hall Air Force Base. In 2002 Dr. Gronseth retired from the Air Force with the rank of Colonel. Dr. Gronseth’s career at the University of Kansas Medical Center began in 2002, where he currently serves as Professor and Vice of the Department of Neurology. He is also the Program Director of the Vascular Neurology Fellowship and Chief of the Inpatient Neurology division. Dr. Gronseth also serves as the American Academy of Neurology’s Chief Evidence-based Medicine Methodologist and is an Associate editor of the journal, Neurology. Dr. Gronseth has authored over 50 AAN Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Marcel DijkersMarcel Dijkers, PhD, FACRM
Research Professor, Icahn School of Medicne at Mount Sinai

Dr. Dijkers is Research Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, and Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Wayne State University, Detroit MI. His rehabilitation research on a number of diagnostic groups (with focus on spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury) has led to a special interest in research methodologies and the reporting of research, as well as the analysis and synthesis of reported research for practical decision making. He is a member of ACRM’s Evidence and Practice Committee, and has served as the methodologist for a number of guideline development efforts. The recipient of the ACRM Distinguished Member and Gold Key awards, he has published a number of papers on evidence-based practice and the methodologies supporting it.


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