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ACRM 94th Annual Conference Progress in Rehabilitation Research PIRR

FEATURED SESSION: Federal Funding Opportunities & Initiatives for Rehabilitation


SAT 28 OCT // 8:15 AM – 9:30 AM

Federal Funding Opportunities and Initiatives for Rehabilitation

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Every year there are changes in Washington that could affect your research agenda. Come and hear the latest from the directors of the top rehabilitation research funding agencies in the USA!




Teresa Brininger, PhD, OTR/L, CHT
Director, Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program, US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command

Alison Cernich, PhD
Director of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health

Ann M. Dellinger, PhD, MPH
Branch Chief of the Home, Recreation, and Transportation Branch
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Patricia Dorn, PhD
Director of the Rehabilitation Research and Development Service
Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Kristi Wilson Hill, PhD
Acting Director, NIDILRR, Administration for Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services



Learn about emerging changes in health care policy and the current funding climate in Washington that may impact your research agenda and future access to rehabilitation services.

This presentation will focus on the current portfolio of rehabilitation research across NIH, the focus of research funded by NCMRR, and major advances from the portfolio over the past five years. Opportunities for funding, mechanisms by which researchers can gain support for their research projects or training needs, and resources that may be of assistance to researchers in the field will be presented. Finally, the presentation will include an overview of the goals for rehabilitation research that will become part of a Rehabilitation Research Plan for the National Institutes of Health and the process by which inputs to that plan will be solicited.

While the transition from NIDRR to NIDILRR creates a world of opportunity, an environment of fiscal austerity and rapidly evolving health policy continues to present challenges. What does the future hold for individuals with disabilities, the rehabilitation research community, and the agencies that fund them?

Steve Page

Steven Page

“No other organization offers this rare opportunity to meet with and learn from the NCMRR Director about her vision for rehabilitation research. Like last year, this will be an extraordinary session.”

Stephen Page, OTR/L, PhD, MS, FAHA, FACRM, The Ohio State University


Alison Cernich, PhD, is a Board Certified Neuropsychologist who is known for her previous work in  traumatic brain injury and computerized neuropsychological assessment. She previously served as the Deputy Director for the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE), working with the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense on matters relating to these conditions. She served on multiple interagency strategic planning committees and government oversight committees for major research initiatives in both Departments. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU). She completed a pre-doctoral research fellowship in rehabilitation outcomes measurement at the Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research & Education Corporation, funded by the National Institutes of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and a post-doctoral fellowship in cognitive neurosciences at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Washington, DC. She was previously the Director of Neuropsychology and Director of the Polytrauma Support Clinical Team at the VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS). Her research focus, supported by a Career Development Award and other support from VA’s Rehabilitation Research Development Service, was focused on  the effects of aerobic exercise on cognition in multiple clinical populations.

Ann M. Dellinger, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist and the Branch Chief of the Home, Recreation, and Transportation Branch at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). Dr. Dellinger and her colleagues conduct studies in the area of motor vehicle safety focusing on older drivers, child occupant and pedestrian injury, global road safety and injury risk behavior. Dr. Dellinger has served as an epidemiologist on CDC′s Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Team since 1993. She began her career at CDC in the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). Among other EIS assignments, she served as a consultant to the state of Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles for the study of the risk of traffic crashes due to medical conditions. Dr. Dellinger has authored and coauthored more than 50 publications. Among the several awards that she has won are three NCIPC Director′s Awards as well as Certificates of Commendation from Federal Executive Board for Outstanding Scientist, and Outstanding Team.

Patricia Dorn, PhD, is the Director of the Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, in the Office of Research and Development of the Veterans Health Administration, in Department of Veterans Affairs. She earned a baccalaureate degree from Michigan State University in speech and hearing science. She attended the Ohio State University to obtain her MA in audiology and Purdue University for her doctorate in audiology and hearing science. She completed a clinical internship in Audiology at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York and was a post-doctoral research fellow and then research scientist at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

Dr. Kristi Hill serves as the Acting Director of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research. As a research administrator and program manager for nearly two decades, Dr. Hill has worked to drive policy change and increase community living options and opportunities for people for disabilities and other disadvantaged and underserved groups. She began her federal career in 2001, serving in a variety of programmatic roles at NIDILRR. Since her return in 2012 to NIDILRR as the Deputy Director, she has helped to implement the Director’s strategic vision, and manages the Institute’s day to day operations. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Interagency Committee on Disability Research. Dr. Hill earned a PhD in neuroscience from the Medical College of Virginia. She has published in peer reviewed journals and contributed to the development of book chapters, educational tools and training materials for research and clinical professionals, service providers, and people with disabilities. She also has also served on the editorial boards of several national journals and local publications.


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