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PIRR Speaker Bagde James Rimmer

Plenary IVCoulter Award

John Stanley Coulter Award Lecture

“Pathway from Acute Rehabilitation to Lifelong Health and Wellness for People with Disabilities”

SAT 28 OCT // 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

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Sue Ann Sisto

Sue Ann Sisto

“For those rehabilitation researchers and clinicians working in the field of disability and exercise, Dr. Rimmer’s talk is a ‘must see.’ His content applies to all serving people with disability.”


—Sue Ann Sisto, PT, MA, PhD, FACRM, School of Health Technology and Management, Stony Brook University



James H. Rimmer, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)



Focus area: Cross-Cutting, Spinal Cord Injury

A persistent pattern of secondary health conditions experienced by people with spinal cord injury and other disabilities has received growing attention from rehabilitation researchers. With shortened lengths of stay and multiple secondary health conditions occurring at a very high frequency post-disability, the urgency to create a self-management health promotion hub for people with spinal cord injury (SCI) and other disabilities has taken on greater importance.  Dr. Rimmer will discuss how Lakeshore Foundation empowers rehabilitation professionals to provide their patients with context-driven health and wellness recommendations needed to self-manage and sustain health throughout their lifetimes. The Foundation is a health/fitness facility and residential campus committed to serving people with SCI and other physical disabilities through innovative programs, policy, advocacy and research.



  1. Recognize key issues associated with the lack of connectivity between rehabilitation and wellness

  2. Understand the broader dimensions of mental, physical, and metabolic health and their potential use in rehabilitation practice through a new scoring system

  3. Increase awareness and utilization of resources from the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) to facilitate patient transition from rehabilitation to lifestyle health and wellness



James H. Rimmer, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Health Professions, the first Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and Director of Research at Lakeshore Foundation. He is also a senior scientist in the Center for Exercise Medicine and the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at UAB and has an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the School of Medicine. His research interests explore the use of new and emergent technologies in developing biobehavioral and environmental strategies to promote beneficial physical activity and healthful weight management in people with disabilities. He directs two federally funded centers, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (funded by CDC since 1999), and the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Interactive Exercise Technologies and Exercise Physiology for People with Disabilities (funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research since 2002). He is the principal investigator and director of a new PCORI grant comparing a clinic vs. home-based telerehabilitation program for adults with multiple sclerosis. He has had 24 years of continuous federal funding averaging approximately $2M/yr.


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