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Shepherd Center, in Atlanta, Georgia, is a not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and spine and chronic pain. Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 U.S. rehabilitation hospitals.



ACRM 2020 Program Committee


Brad Kurowski, MD, MS

Brad Kurowski, MD, MS

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Megan Mitchell, PhD

Megan Mitchell, PhD

Cerner Corporation

  • MariaCecilia Alpasan, MA, OTR/L, CPHQ
    Cedar-Sinai Medical Center
  • Deborah Backus, PT, PhD, FACRM
    Shepherd Center
  • Sara Benham, OTD, OTR/L, ATP
    Moravian College
  • Elena Donoso Brown, PhD, OTR/L
    Duquesne University
  • Tamara Bushnik, PhD
    NYU Langone
  • Fofi Constantinidou, Ph.D., CCC, CBIS
    University of Cyprus
  • Bridget Cotner, PhD
    James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital
  • Anne Deutsch, PhD, RN, FACRM
  • Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga, PhD, CRC, CVE, CLCP, CBIST
    University of South Florida
  • Linda Ehrlich-Jones, PhD, RN
    Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
  • Lynne Gauthier, PhD
  • Yelena Goldin, Ph.D.
    JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute
  • Prateek Grover, MD PhD MHA
    Washington University in St Louis
  • Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa, PhD
  • Eric Harness, CSCS
    Neuro Ex, Inc
  • Brian Harris, MA, Mt-BC, NMT
    Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Patricia Heyn, PhD, FACRM
    University of Colorado
  • Mark Hirsch, PhD, FACRM
    Carolinas Rehabilitation
  • Sara Holz, MD
    University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and public Health
  • Kimberly Hreha, EdD, MS, OTR/L
    University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Xiaolei Hu, MD, PhD
    Umeå University, Sweden
  • Douglas KATZ, MD
    Boston University / Braintree Rehab Hospital
  • Sonya Kim, PhD, CRC
    Department of Rehabilitation Medicine NYU School of Medicine
  • Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST, FACRM
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Mark Kovic, OTD, OTR,L,
    FAOTA Midwestern University
  • Shilpa Krishnan, PT, PhD
    Emory University
  • Todd Levy, MS, OTR/L, CBIST
    Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Susan Lin, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
  • Harshal Mahajan, PhD
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Christine Melillo, PhD, RN
    James A. Haley VA Hospital
  • Marianne Mortera, PhD, OTR/L
    New York University
  • Drew Nagele, PsyD, FACRM
    Nagele NeuroRehab Consulting, LLC
  • Dawn Neumann, PhD
    Indiana University
  • Debra Ouellette, MS, OTR/L, BCPR/SCLV
    Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare
  • Stephen Page, PHD, MS, OTR/L
    Ohio State University
  • Christina Papadimitriou, PhD
    Oakland University
  • Pamela Roberts, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, FAOTA, CPHQ, FNAP, FACRM
  • Cristina Sadowsky, MD
    Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Paige Salinas, LCSW,CBIS
    Learning Services
  • Caroline Schnakers, PhD
    Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare
  • Constanza Shaffer, OTR/L
  • Nicole Stout, DPT, CLT-LANA, FAPTA
    West Virginia University Cancer Institute
  • Jeffrey Wertheimer, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Ceren Yarar-Fisher, PT, PhD
    University of Alabama Birmingham
  • Michele York, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
    Baylor College of Medicine
  • Jeanne Zanca, PhD, MPT
    Kessler Foundation

ACRM 98th Annual Conference | Progress in Rehabilitation Research | VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON: DALLAS

CORE: 24 – 26 SEPT 2021 // PRE-CONFERENCE: 26 – 29 SEPT 2021

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* Although significant changes are not anticipated, the schedules, sessions, and presenters are subject to change.


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