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Offering 6 days of high-caliber educational content for rehabilitation physicians and clinicians—NONSTOP content for 15 focus areas—the ACRM 2016 Annual Conference provides outstanding value for every member of the rehab team.

This year’s content for physicians and clinicians who provide rehabilitation care will focus on evidence-based, practical and applicable information. Don’t miss the Pre-Conference Instructional Course focused on research for clinicians and a full program of symposia  covering topics including neuropharmacology, falls prevention, driving, and post-traumatic headache.


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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


WED 2 NOV // 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

  • #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
  • #492  Innovative Models for the Delivery of Cancer Rehabilitation Services  CAN, CP
    Andrea Cheville, Julie Silver
  • #30  The State of Cancer Rehabilitation Education in the Training of Health Care Professionals  CAN, CP
    Sasha Knowlton, Cynthia Cooper, Sara Christensen Holz
  • #252  Management of Dysphagia in the Head and Neck Cancer Patient  CAN, CP
    Samantha Jones, Vishwa Raj
  • #187  Sedentary Behavior in Neurodegenerative Diseases: Current Research and Clinical Implications for Reducing Sedentary Time  ND, CP
    Robert Moti, Lara Pilutti, Jet Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Deborah Backus
  • #97  Sexuality and Neurorehabilitation  CP, INT
    Hubert Vuagnat, Nathan Zasler, Vu Nguyyen, Xiaolei Hu, Caron Gan, Alexander Moreno
  • #160  A Practical Approach to Rehabilitation of the Patient With or at Risk of Developing Chronic Low Back Pain  PAIN, CP
    Tom Carter, Hamilton Hall
  • #78  Maximizing Motivation and Engagement During Motor Learning: Insights From Practice in a Virtual Environment  TEC, CP
    Danielle Levac, Keith Lohse, Yuping Chen, Rachel Proffitt
  • #149  Implementing a Community-Based Exercise Program for Persons With Movement Challenges  CP, CC
    Nancy Landgraff, Jim Benedict, Charlene Hafer-Macko, Richard Macko
  • #57  Older Adult Fall Prevention From a Physiatrist and Therapist Perspective  CP, CC
    Joseph Rosenthal, ReNea Owens, Susan Fetherolf


WED 2 NOV // 2:15 PM – 3:30 PM

  • #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
  • #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
  • #121  Evidence-Based Aphasia Interventions: Moving Beyond Impairment  ST, CP
    Leora Cherney, Stacie Raymer, Katerina Hilari
  • #516  Living Life Well After Stroke: Adapting Self-Management Interventions to Increase Community Living and Participation Among People Who Experience Stroke  ST, CP
    Joy Hammel, Heidi Fischer, Danbi Lee, Timothy Wolf, Carolyn Baum
  • #153  Cognitive Complaints in Cancer Patients: Understanding the Problem and Clinical Applications Part I  CAN, CP
    Asher Arash, Patricia Ganz, Sunita Patel, Kathleen Van Dyk, Mary Radomski, Robin Newman, Lynne Padgett
  • #39  Home Sweet Home: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Discharge Planning for the Pediatric Rehabilitative Patient  PED, CP
    Suzanne Messer, Lisa Leonard, Julie Jowett, Naomi Diaz Hunter, Bethany Battershell, Merissa Downey, Jessica Cruz, Matt Breiding, Jeneita Bell
  • #125  Tele-Consultation for Inpatients With Double Vision: Initial Case Studies With a Novel Smart Phone Application  TEC, CP
    Kevin Houston, Matthew Keilty
  • #144  Bridging Clinical Practice & Research to Improve Value in Rehabilitation Medicine  CP, CC
    Carmen Capo-Lugo, Piper Hansen, Daniel Pinto, Richard Cunningham
  • #150  Telerehabilitation Medicine to Expand and Enhance Rehabilitation Care  TEC, DI, CP, CC
    Carmen Terzic, Bradford Landry, Thomas Bergquist


WED 2 NOV // 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM

  • #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
  • #103  Driving After TBI: Curves, Swerves, and Nerves  BI, CP
    Nathan Zasler, Penny Eissenberg
  • #153  Cognitive Complaints in Cancer Patients: Understanding the Problem and Clinical Applications Part II  CAN, CP
    Asher Arash, Patricia Ganz, Sunita Patel, Kathleen Van Dyk, Mary Radomski, Robin Newman, Lynne Padgett
  • #157  Venous Thromboembolism in Cancer Rehabilitation  CAN, CP
    Amy Ng, Thein Oo
  • #539  The Science and Practice of LSVT BIG® and LSVT LOUD®: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Treating Parkinson Disease  ND, CP
    Cynthia Fox, Laura Guse, Erica Vitek


Mark D'Esposito

Mark D’Esposito


Featuring Mark D’Esposito, MD, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, Director, Henry H. Wheeler Jr. Brain Imaging Center, University of California, Berkeley NP, ST, BI


  • #116  Cognition and Everyday Life: Applications in Geriatric Rehabilitation  GER, CP
    Deirdre Dawson, Lisa Engel, Ifah Arbel, Christine MacDonell
  • #264  Development and Implementation of Rehabilitation Outcomes Database in Developing Countries: Lessons Learned from Southern China  MES, CP
    Alex Wong, Shanli Yang, Chetwyn Chan, Lidian Check
  • #148  Affordable Motor-Assisted Elliptical Training to Improve Physical, Cognitive, Psychosocial, and Health Outcomes Across Rehabilitation Continuum  CP, TEC, CC
    Judith Burnfield, Lori Terrberry-Spohr, Jackie Tran
  • #47  The Final P: Pearls From the IV STEP Conference  CP, NP, CC
    Jane Sullivan, Genevieve Pinto Zipp


THU 3 NOV // 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM

  • #42  Post-Traumatic Confusional State: A Case Definition  BI, CP
    Mark Sherer, Doug Katz, Yelena Bodien
  • #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
  • #172  The Art of Sexuality: Nice and Slow  SCI, CP
    Julie Gassaway, Minna Hong, Tammy Young, Pete Anziano
  • #137 Executive Functions: Traditional and Functional Approaches to Assessment and Intervention BI, CP
    Yael Goverover, Son Preminger, Daniel Krawczyk, Yelena Goldin
  • #32  Multidisciplinary Patient-Centered Treatment of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN)  CAN, CP
    Cynthia Cooper, Carrie Riddock, Kim Scales
  • #276  From Alzheimer’s to Parkinson’s Disease:  An Interactive Round Table Discussion on Cognitive Rehabilitation Research and Implications for Clinical Practice  ND, CP
    Michele York, Patricia Heyn, Hannes Devos, Deborah Backus
  • #555  How to Empower: Facilitating Self-Management Strategies for Chronic Pain  PAIN, CP
    Ladonna Saxon, Jennifer Murphy
  • #177  Independent Transfers: Why Technique is Important, How to Teach it, and Does Training Change it?  CP, CC
    Lynn Worobey, Nathan Hogaboom, Alicia Koontz, Laura Rice
  • #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
  • #179  The Efficacy and Safety of Isometric Resistance Training for Blood Pressure Management  CP, ST, CC
    Philip Millar, Debra Carlson, Neil A. Smart, Cheri McGowan
  • #75  Association With Rehabilitation Outcomes: Total Therapy Time and Time by Therapy Discipline  CC, DI, CP
    Pamela Roberts, Margaret DiVita, Richard Riggs


THU, 3 NOV // 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Art Kramer

Arthur F. Kramer


#863 Fitness Training and the Brain BI, ND
Arthur F. Kramer, Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education and a Professor of Psychology & Engineering at Northeastern University

This presentation will cover what we currently know, from animal studies, epidemiological studies, and human randomized controlled trials about the relationship between physical activity and exercise and cognitive and brain health across the lifespan. Dr. Kramer will also focus on gaps in our knowledge and how we might go about filling these knowledge gaps.



THU, 3 NOV //4:45 PM – 6:00 PM

  • #282  Cultivating a Transdisciplinary Team Model to Improve Outcomes of Patients With Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders  SCI, MIL, CP
    Khairunnisa Veerjee, Chestin Jones, Bridget Bennett, Maria Fides Pacheco, Zulma Jimenez, Evelyn Quinones, Itala Manosha Wickremasinghe
  • #132  Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation (NIBS) in Stroke Motor Rehabilitation  ST, CP
    Heather Peters, Mark Bowden, Marcia Bockbrader, Stephen Page
  • #53  Handling Tough Clinical Conversations: Key Communication Skills and Resources to Help Build Better Connections  CAN, CP
    Rebecca Kirch, Brian McMichael, Joyce Fichtenbaum
  • #93  Improving Rehabilitation of Cancer Survivors Through Human Factors Engineering Collaboration With Health Care  CAN, CP
    Mary Sesto, Amye Tevaarwerk, Lisa Cadmus-Bertram, Thomas Yen, Sara Christensen Holz, Douglas Wiegmann
  • #180  Is it Arthogryposis? Medical Evaluation, Surgical Considerations, and Rehabilitative Interventions for Children With Multiple Congenital Contracture Syndrome  PED, CP
    Glendaliz Bosques
  • #280  Rehabilitation Modeling: Using the Rasch Analysis for Evidenced-Based Care  CP, MES
    Gordon Horn, Frank Lewis, James Malec
  • #589  Proactive and Reactive Adaptations During Locomoter-Balance Control: Implications for Fall-Risk Assessment and Rehabilitation  CP, CC
    Tanvi Bhatt, Debbie Espy, Alexander Aruin, Clive Pai
  • #241  The Correlation Between Cognitive Functions and Communication Competence Following Traumatic Brain Injury  CP, BI, CC
    Pei-Fang Hun, Lei Sun


FRI, 4 NOV // 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

  • #232 Stroke: A Roadmap to Recovery ST, CP
    Cherie Hyder, Kathy Kniepmann, Jaclyn Schwartz, Shannon Scott



#872 Motor ST
with Anna M. Barrett and Stacie Raymer

Anna Barrett

Anna Barrett

Anna M. Barrett, MD, is the director of Stroke Rehabilitation Research at Kessler Foundation. A cognitive and behavioral neurologist and neuroscientist, she is also chief of the Neurorehabilitation Program Innovation at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation (KIR), co-leader of the KIR Stroke Rehabilitation Program, and Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (Rutgers-NJMS). Her clinical and research focus is on how knowledge of brain-behavior relationships improves treatments for hidden neurological disabilities.



Stacie Raymer

Stacie Raymer

Anastasia Raymer, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor in the Department of Communication Disorders & Special Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Her research in aphasia rehabilitation has been supported by the NIH and DOD. She is past-president of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences, and is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.



  • #112  Integrative Cancer Rehabilitation: New Research and Best Practices  CAN, CP
    Ariana Vora, Diane Radford
  • #287  Integrating Lifestyle Medicine Into the Rehabilitation of Cancer Survivors: Treating the Cause CAN, CP
    Jonas Sokolof, Ryan Murphy
  • #104  The B-FIT Model for Huntington’s Disease Rehabilitation  ND, CP
    Elizabeth Ulanowski, Megan Danzl, Anne Blandfork, Justin Phillips
  • #141  Supporting Lifelong Health-Related Fitness and Physical Activity Among Individuals With Cerebral Palsy  ND, PED
    Mark Peterson, Jan Willem Gorter, Patrick McPhee
  • #396  Assessment of Locomotor Functions over a Follow-Up Time of 7-10 Years in a Group of Robust Elderly  MES, CP
    Martin Runge, Harald Schubert
  • #248  Patient Empowered Using a Person-Focused Health & Wellness Approach to Clinical Research and Community Outreach  CP, POL, ND, CC
    Patricia Heyn, James Carollo, Mark Hirsch, Sanjay Iyer
  • #174  Walking the Walk: Translation of Scientific Findings to Improve Locomoter Recovery Post-Stroke  CP, ST, CC
    Jennifer Moore, Roberta Virva, Thomas George Hornby
  • #532  Utilization of Team STEPPS in Rehabilitation Medicine  CP, CC
    Subhardra Nori
  • #275  Our Peers – Empowerment & Navigational Support: A Community-Driven Peer Health Navigator Intervention for People With Disabilities Development and Feasibility  CP, CC
    Susan Magasi, Judy Panko Reis, Christina Papadimitriou, Jennifer Thomas


FRI, 4 NOV // 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

  • #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
  • #173  Peer-Led Self-Directed Education Approaches Woven into SCI Rehabilitation Improve Outcomes  SCI, CP
    Julie Gassaway, Tammy Young, Bevin Peterson, Pete Anziano
  • #175  Prehabilitation in Cancer Patients: Review and Application in Clinical Practice  CAN, CP
    An Ngo-Huang, Cindy Carmack, Rhodora Fontillas
  • #247  Dementia, Aging, and Disabilities: Early Detection and Clinical Practice Challenges  ND, CP
    Patricia Heyn, Matthew Janicki, Kathleen Bishop
  • #664  The Effect of Interdisciplinary Intervention on Feeding and Oral Aversion after Neglect: A Case Study  PED, CP
    Danielle Erdman, Lindsie Coleman, Richard Kelly
  • #236  Promoting the Therapeutic Use of Technology into Everyday Practice: Where are We Now? Where are We Going?  TEC, CP
    Robert Ferguson
  • #222  Health Informed Rehabilitation: Assessment and Management of Barriers to Physical Activity  CP, CC
    Kathryn Zalewski, Carlynn Alt
  • #568  Fall-Risk Assessment and Prevention in Geriatric and Neurologic Populations: What Does Evidence Say?  CP, GER, CC
    Tanvi Bhatt, Debbie Espy, Ann Reinthal


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THU 3 NOV // 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

  • Physicians & Clinicians Networking Group Meeting – Open to All


THU, 3 NOV // 6:15 PM – 7:00 PM

  • ACRM Membership Meeting – Open to All


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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


SUN 30 OCT // 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM


SUN 30 OCT // 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM


MON 31 OCT // 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM


MON 31 OCT // 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM


MON 31 OCT // 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM


TUE, 1 NOV // 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM


TUE, 1 NOV // 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM


TUE, 1 NOV //1:30 PM – 5:30 PM


Cognitive Rehabilitation Training #868

MON & TUE, 31 OCT – 1 NOV // 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM


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).


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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 // 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

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.


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

TUE, 1 NOV // 1:00 PM – 4:30

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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