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Brain Injury Symposia

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FOCUS AREA ABBREVIATIONS: AN: Arts & Neuroscience, BI: Brain Injury, CAN: Cancer, CC: Cross-Cutting, CP: Clinical Practice, DI: Diagnosis Independent, GER: Geriatric Rehabilitation, INT: International, MES: Measurement, MIL: Military/VA, ND: Neurodegenerative Diseases, NP: Neuroplasticity, PAIN: Pain Rehabilitation, PED: Pediatric Rehabilitation, POL: Health Policy & Legislation, SCI: Spinal Cord Injury, ST: Stroke, TEC: Technology



  • #518 Evidence-Based Framework for Evaluating and Treating Individuals With Disorders of Consciousness BI
    Deborah Doherty
  • #62 Health and Aging After TBI: Current Knowledge, Remaining Questions, and Healthy Next Steps BI, CP
    Kristen Dams-O’Connor, Mel Glenn, Shannon Juengst, Raj Kumar, Brent Masel
  • #95 Adapting Behavioral Health Interventions for Cognitively Impaired Populations BI, CP
    Tessa Hart, Jennifer Bogner, Angelle Sander


Special Symposium

#533 Concussion, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: New Insights From the Battlefield, Gridiron, and Lab Bench BI, MIL
Lee Goldstein, Moderator: Douglas Katz


  • #166 Stem Cells and Muscle Satellite Cells in Cerebral Palsy: Current State of Regenerative Therapies PED, BI
    Sundashan Dayanidhi, Andrea Domenighetti, Richard Lieber
  • #77 Creating Guidelines for TBI Rehabilitation, Part I: Similarities and Differences in Evidence Synthesis BI, CP
    Marcel Dijkers, Marie Dahdah, Simon Driver, Wayne Gordon, Mark Bayley, Bonnie Swaine, Marie-Eve Lamontagne, Corinne Kagan, Catherine Truchon, Shawn Marshall
  • #65 New Strategies for Improving Outcomes for Juvenile Offenders With Acquired Brain Injury BI, PED
    Drew Nagele, Kim Gorgens, Judy Dettmer
  • #133 A Rehabilomics Exemplar: Exploring Biological Pathways to Inform Personalized Rehabilitation Care After TBI – Dopamine System Genetics BI, CP
    Amy Wagner, Shannon Juengst, Patricia Arenth


Shari Wade

Shari Wade

Mark Ylvisaker Memorial Pediatric Brain Injury Symposium

Rehabilitation Interventions for Pediatric Brain Injury: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Role of Everyday People BI, PED

Shari Wade, PhD, Director of Research Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

This talk will focus on the emerging evidence base for rehabilitation interventions for pediatric brain injury including the growing evidence supporting the efficacy of problem-solving and parenting-skills interventions. Emphasis will be placed on the quality of existing evidence, challenges and opportunities for advancing pediatric TBI intervention research including using novel trial designs to address heterogeneity within the population. Consideration will also be given to how TBI interventions can incorporate “everyday people” such as parents and teachers into their design and implementation. Learn More >>


  • #254 Rehabilitation Using Technology-Based Functional Environments: Cognitive, Physical, and the Interaction Between Them BI, TEC
    Son Preminger, Rachel Proffitt, Lynne Gauthier, Tracey Wallace
  • #84 Traumatic Brain Injury Caregiving and Family Needs Symposium MIL, BI
    Lillian Flores Stevens, Bridget Cotner, Erin Bailey, Angelle Sander, Christine Dillahunt-Aspillaga
  • #571 Emerging Neuromodulation Techniques for the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Headaches PAIN, BI
    Joseph Rosenthal, Min Jeong Park, Marcie Bockbrader, Nathan Zasler
  • #98 Creating Guidelines for TBI Rehabilitation, Part II: Dissemination and Knowledge Translation to the Target Audiences BI, CP
    Marcel Dijkers, Marie Dahdah, Simon Driver, Wayne Gordon, Mark Bayley, Bonnie Swaine, Marie-Eve Lamontagne, Corinne Kagan, Catherine Truchon, Shawn Marshall
  • #88 Relationship Problems After TBI: Challenges and Treatments BI, ST
    Dawn Neumann, Samantha Backhaus, Flora Hammond, James Malec
  • #243 Individualized Quantitative Behavioral Assessment in Patients With Disorders of Consciousness: Utility in Language Assessment and Operational Considerations BI
    Yelena Bodien, John Whyte, Douglas Katz, Jamie Kaminski
  • #103 Driving After TBI: Curves, Swerves, and Nerves BI, CP
    Nathan Zasler, Penny Eissenberg
  • #194 Progress and Report of the ACRM Measurement Networking Group Applied Cognition Task Force: Traumatic Brain Injury Workgroup BI, MES
    Sonya Kim, Patricia Heyn, Lilian Takahashi Hoffecker, Xiaolei Hu, Marianne H. Mortera, Allen W. Heinemann
  • #1013 Oral Presentation of Scientific Papers: Brain Injury/Military/VA Topics BI, M/VA



Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa

Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa

Special Symposium:

#146 The Public Health Approach to Traumatic Brain Injury BI, POL
Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa, Jeneita Bell, Mathew Breiding, Lara Depadilla

The public health model provides a framework for understanding a broader impact of TBI. This symposium will highlight key areas of focus at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to better describe the public health burden of TBI and to identify approaches to improve outcomes for those who experience TBI. Learn More >>


  • #42 Post-Traumatic Confusional State: A Case Definition BI, CP
    Mark Sherer, Doug Katz, Yelena Bodien
  • #102 Persistent Post-Concussive Symptoms: Causes, Cures, and Controversies BI
    Nathan Zasler, Mark Bender, John Leddy
  • #114 Can Propensity Score Methodology Save Rehabilitation Research When RCTs are an Impossibility? The TBI Comparative Effectiveness of Rehabilitation Study BI, CP
    Jennifer Bogner, Misti Timpson, Kamie Gilchrist, Cynthia Beaulieu
  • #137 Executive Functions: Traditional and Functional Approaches to Assessment and Intervention BI, CP
    Yael Goverover, Son Preminger, Daniel Krawczyk, Yelena Goldin
  • #178 Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Health: The Development of a State-of-the-Art Medical Home Model of Care CP, BI, CC
    Maulik P. Purohit, Heechin Chae


#857 Sheldon Berrol Memorial Chautauqua:

Bill Gaventa

Bill Gaventa

Confronting Spirituality and Religious Issues Surrounding TBI Rehabilitation BI, AN
Bill Gaventa, Consultant, Trainer, and Coordinator of The Summer Institute on Theology and Disability and others will discuss the topic; Sunil Kothari, MD, MA, TIRR Memorial, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine will moderate.

Religious and spiritual beliefs are a significant part of many people’s lives. Whether explicitly professed or implicitly held, they form the framework of meaning through which most of us interpret important life events, including the onset of illness and disability. As such, spiritual and religious beliefs constitute an important part of the lived experience of rehabilitation for many patients with traumatic brain injury and families; for them, disability and its aftermath are not only clinical events but also life-changing experiences with deeply existential and spiritual implications. Learn More >>

  • #241 The Correlation Between Cognitive Functions and Communication Competence Following Traumatic Brain Injury CP, BI, CC
    Pei-Fang Hun, Lei Sun



  • #224 Animals Models of TBI Rehabilitation and Neuroplasticity: Translation to the Clinic? BI, NP
    Dorothy Kozlowski, DeAnna Adkins, Grace Griesbach
  • #145 The Impact of Concussion on Vision, Balance, and Vestibular Function BI, PED
    Drew Davis, Katherine Weise, Jennifer Christy
  • #278 Interactive Visual Feedback for Neurorehabilitation: Best Design Practices BI, TEC
    Lise Worthen-Chaudhari, Marcia Bockbrader


Special Symposium:

#866 Let’s Think: Conceptualizations of Cognitive Rehabilitation BI
Keith Cicerone, Deirdre Dawson, McKay Moore Sohlberg

Keith Cicerone

Keith Cicerone

Deirdre Dawson

Deirdre Dawson

McKay Sohlberg

McKay Sohlberg

This Special Symposium will address the concept of “contextualization” as it relates to cognitive rehabilitation. This concept is derived from the Institute of Medicine Report on Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury that identified  Contextualized and Decontextualized Treatments according to the degree to which they take place in the real world or use materials and tasks from the patient’s everyday life. This concept has implications for the design of interventions, selection of candidates, identification of effective ingredients (e.g., errorfull versus errorless learning), reliance on insight and self-awareness, and assumptions underlying the transfer and generalization of interventions. This concept also requires an understanding of the therapist’s active involvement and role in making explicit the relation of the intervention (especially the patient’s awareness of deficits and use of compensatory strategies) to the patient’s real-life functioning and active promotion of generalization (e.g. through multiple exemplars of strategy use). The conceptualization of cognitive rehabilitation will be explored in relation to assumptions underlying acontextualized , quasi-contextualized and fully contextualized forms of intervention. Learn More >>


  • #186 Military Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress: Lessons Learned for a Novel and Evidence-Based Approach MIL, BI
  • Maulik P. Purohit, Heechin Chae
  • #168 Leveraging Neural Mechanisms to Promote Plasticity During Neurorehabilitation of Patients in States of Disordered Consciousness After Severe Brain Injury NP, BI
    Theresa Pape, Martin Monti, Sonja Blum
  • #1014 Oral Presentation of Scientific Papers for Brain Injury
  • #556 The Placebo and Nocebo Effects in Brain Injury BI, MES
    Mary Alexis Iaccarino, Ross Zafonte, Jorge Leon Morales-Quezada
  • #129 Disorders of Consciousness Family Education Materials: Information, Gaps, and Dissemination BI
    Susan Johnson, Christopher Carter, Amy Rosenbaum, Katherine O’Brien, Risa Nakese-Richardson
  • #273 Missed Opportunities? Severe Catatonia and Disorders of Consciousness BI, CP
    Joshua Rodgers, Sunil Kothari
  • #120 Aphasia in Traumatic Brain Injury: Characterization, Novel Considerations, and Treatment BI, CP
    Kim Frey, Allen Weintraub, Kristen Mascarenas
  • #619 Identifying Clinical Phenotypes in the TRACTS Cohort and Strategies for Rehabilitation of Deployment Trauma in Veterans of OEF/OIF/OND MIL, BI
    Regina McGlinchey
  • #235 Using Multi-Modal Neuroimaging as a Clinically Relevant Biomarker of Repetitive Head Trauma, Mild Traumatic Injury, and Recovery NP, BI
    Amy Herrold, Thomas Talavage, Semyon Siobounov, David Zhu

More than 150+ hours of symposia with a brain injury focus will be presented in Chicago. Search the APP for full details or see the Program at-a-glance.




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WED 2 NOV // 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

  • BI-ISIG Executive Committee (Invitation Only)
  • BI-ISIG Community-Based Treatment Task Force Meeting
  • BI-ISIG Disorders of Consciousness Task Force Meeting
  • BI-ISIG Pediatric & Adolescent Task Force Meeting

WED 2 NOV // 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

  • BI-ISIG Long-Term Issues Task Force Meeting
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation Systematic Review Task Work Group (Invitation Only)


THU 3 NOV // 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

  • BI ISIG Cognitive Rehabilitation Task Force
  • BI-ISIG Prognosis After TBI Task Force

THU 3 NOV // 12:45 PM – 2:15 PM

  • BI-ISIG Summit Meeting
    Open to All — Attend the ACRM Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (BI-ISIG) annual Summit to learn about the work of the oldest and largest ACRM group and the many opportunities it offers for productive networking and collaboration. Presentation of the Joshua B. Cantor Scholar Award will also be made to the BI-ISIG member judged to have made significant contributions to the field of brain injury rehabilitation through his or her outstanding research.

THU 3 NOV // 6:15 PM – 7:00 PM

  • ACRM Membership Meeting
    Open to All


FRI 4 NOV // 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

  • BI-ISIG Executive Committee & Task Force Chairs Meeting (Invitation Only)

FRI 4 NOV // 11:30 PM – 1:00 PM

  • BI-ISIG Community-Based Treatment Task Force Meeting


See the complete schedule of ACRM ISIG , networking group, and task force meetings and plan to join those that best align with your interest and expertise.


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It all begins on Sunday, 30 OCT with 3 days of in-depth Instructional Courses or choose the 2-day Cognitive Rehabilitation Training, or the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) National Certification Program on Monday and Tuesday, 31 OCT – 1 NOV. Separate registration required.


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FOCUS AREA ABBREVIATIONS: AN: Arts & Neuroscience, BI: Brain Injury, CAN: Cancer, CC: Cross-Cutting, CP: Clinical Practice, DI: Diagnosis Independent, GER: Geriatric Rehabilitation, INT: International, MES: Measurement, MIL: Military/VA, ND: Neurodegenerative Diseases, NP: Neuroplasticity, PAIN: Pain Rehabilitation, PED: Pediatric Rehabilitation, POL: Health Policy & Legislation, SCI: Spinal Cord Injury, ST: Stroke, TEC: Technology



#33 The Multiple Errands Test: Developing, Administering and Scoring Site-Specific Versions CP, BI, CC
Deirdre Dawson, Emily Nalder, Amanda Clark

#143 The NIH Toolbox: State of the Art Outcome Measures for Rehabilitation Practice and Research MES, CP, BI
Cindy Nowinski, Susan Magasi, Allen Heinemann



#152 Fatigue, Impaired Alertness and Daytime Sleepiness in Traumatic Brain Injury BI, CP
Tatyana Mollayeva, Tamara Bushnik, Angela Colantonio

#48 Skeletal Muscle Design and Plasticity DI, PED, BI
Richard Lieber

#91 Cognitive Support Technology and Vocational Rehabilitation: Approaches for Postsecondary Students With a Traumatic Brain Injury BI, TEC
Phillip Rumrill, Marcia Scherer, Eileen Elias, Deborah Hendricks, Karen Jacobs, Anne Leopold, Callista Stauffer, Elaine Sampson, Amanda Nardone

#37 Neuroplasticity: Leveraging Principles of Plasticity to Optimize Neurorehabilitation NP, BI, ST
Theresa Pape, Eric Wasserman, Sue Ann Sisto, Phillip Janicak, Leora Cherney, Sangeetha Madhavan, Heather Tanksley Peters, Kwan Leung Ng, Preeti Raghavan, Stephen Page

#119 The Neurological Effect of Lenses and Puzzles on Brain Plasticity BI, NP, CP
Deborah Zelinsky, Donalee Markus

#124 Neuropharmacology CC, BI, CP
Arshia Ahmad, Douglas Katz, Min Jeong Park, Susan Schultz, Ana Durand-Sanchez



#26 Challenges and Benefits of Family Caregiving in Spinal Cord Injury and Other Neurological Conditions SCI, INT, BI, ST
Susan Charlifue, Erin Kelly, Marcel Post, Lillian Stevens, Susan Jaglal

#234 Coping-Skills Training Workshop: A Group Intervention Aimed to Improve Coping in Survivors of Brain Injury and Their Caregivers BI, CP
Samantha Backhaus, Summer Ibarra, Kamini Krishnan, Tom Bergquist

#100 Concussion and the Road to Recovery: Navigating Obstacles, Overcoming Challenges, and Striving for Tailored Multi-Disciplinary Care BI, CP
Joseph Adams, Tara Denham, Steven Flanagan, Felicia Fraser, Sanjeev Kothare, Donna Langenbahn, Yuka Matsuzawa, Mia Minen, Geraldine Pagnotta, Mia Palazzo, John Ross Rizzo, Edna Schneider, Mara Sproul, Margaret Waskiewicz

#90 Realizing Person-Centeredness in Rehabilitation: Ethical and Relational Considerations and Challenges POL, BI, SCI
Christina Papadimitriou, Julie Gassaway, Michael Jones, John Banja, Christine MacDonell, Alisa Grigorovich, Kate Lorig, Pia Kontos

#182 Advances in Novel Technologies for Rehabilitation: Demonstration and Discussion TEC, BI, CP, ST
Rachel Proffitt , Susan Fasoli, Matthew Foreman, Lynne Gauthier, Son Preminger


#868 Cognitive Rehabilitation Training

MON & TUE 31 OCT – 1 NOV


Donna Langenbahn, PhD, FACRM

Donna Langenbahn, PhD, FACRM, Rusk Rehabilitation

Angela Yi

Angela Yi, PhD, Sports Concussion Institute

Deirdre Dawson

Deirdre Dawson, PhD, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Health Sciences

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Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual ($150 value)

Based on the ACRM Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual: Translating Evidence-Based Recommendations into Practice, this introductory course teaches step-by-step procedures for all evidence-based interventions for executive functions, memory, attention, hemispatial neglect, social communication. Manual included ($150 value).


  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech-language professionals
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Physicians
  • RN/Rehab Nurses
  • Disability management specialists
  • Caregivers of individuals with brain injury
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“I feel like this training gives me a game plan and a
strategy to start developing my treatment plans.
I know where to start with each of my patients
and I feel more confident and assured that the
treatment I’m providing is evidence-based.”

— Zachary Bayer, MA, ACRM Cognitive Rehabilitation Training Attendee

# 847 ACBIS Training Course

MON & TUE 31 OCT – 1 NOV

Drew Nagele

Drew Nagele

Heidi Reyst

Heidi Reyst

Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner

Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner

The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) provides the opportunity to learn important information about brain injury, to demonstrate learning in a written examination, and to earn a nationally recognized credential.

The official ACBIS training is offered to prepare both direct care staff and professionals working in brain injury services to sit for the certification exam. It is intended for paraprofessionals and professionals at all levels who want a strong foundation in the best practices in brain injury rehabilitation.


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RIC Lecture & Tour

Joanne C. Smith, MD

Joanne C. Smith, MD, RIC President & CEO

#843 Re-Imagining Rehabilitation Care and Research at AbilityLab: The Future of RIC


Participants will independently commute to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at 345 E Superior Street (2 miles from the Hilton) to learn about a new approach to clinical research and patient care that informed the design of the new research hospital, AbilityLab, scheduled to open in March 2017. By literally breaking down the walls between science and clinical care, RIC is making a $550 million investment to change the way research is conducted, accelerate clinical breakthroughs, and improve patient outcomes.

Hear directly from the researchers and clinicians who built this advanced knowledge translation concept over the past 7 years, and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Joanne C. Smith, who will discuss how these innovations are being adopted in the new hospital. Participants will have the opportunity to tour the AbilityLab prototype on the 9th floor of RIC.


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