An Interdisciplinary Journal
NeuroRehabilitation, an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal, publishes manuscripts focused on scientifically based, practical information relevant to all aspects of neurologic rehabilitation. We publish unsolicited papers detailing original work/research that covers the full life span and range of neurological disabilities including stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, neuromuscular disease and other neurological disorders.
We also publish thematically organized issues that focus on specific clinical disorders, types of therapy and age groups. Proposals for thematic issues and suggestions for issue editors are welcomed.
Readers are encouraged to submit original research which includes experimental investigations or case reports. Reviews of rehabilitation literature will be published as well. Manuscripts are given blind, peer review, and authors are provided with timely, constructive feedback. Publication decisions will be made based on relevance to practice, quality of methodology, and synthesis of findings with existing literature.
Nathan D. Zasler
Concussion Care Centre of Virginia Ltd. / Tree of Life Services
3721 Westerre Parkway
Suite B, Richmond, VA 23233, USA
Tel.: +1 804 346 1803
Fax: +1 804 346 1956
Dr. Zasler is CEO & Medical Director, Concussion Care Centre of Virginia, Ltd., as well as, CEO & Medical Director, Tree of Life Services, Inc. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and fellowship trained in brain injury. He is an adjunct Professor, VCU Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Richmond, Virginia and an adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia where he also serves on the UVA Brain Injury and Sports Concussion Institute Professional Advisory Board. Dr. Zasler is also an adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Psychology, Institute for Neurobehavioral Studies, Touro College, New York, NY. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians, and a diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Zasler has published and lectured extensively on TBI related neuromedical issues including PTHA and is internationally recognized for his work in brain injury medicine. He has published over 150 peer reviewed articles, 50 book chapters and six books, as well as given over 700 neuromedical and associated talks. He currently serves as the Chairperson of the International Brain Injury Association. He is active in local, national and international organizations dealing with acquired brain injury and neurodisability, serving in numerous consultant and board member roles. He serves on numerous journal editorial boards and is co-editor of two peer reviewed international scientific journals: Brain Injury and NeuroRehabilitation. Dr. Zasler is a busy practicing clinician who is involved with community based neurorehabilitation, chronic pain management and international health care consultation, both clinical and medicolegal.
Jeffrey S. Kreutzer
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center
West Hospital, Room 3-102
1200 East Broad Street
VCU P.O. Box 980542 Richmond, VA 23298-0542, USA
Tel.: +1 804 828 9055
Fax:+1 804 828 2378
Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, PhD, ABPP, FACRM is the Rosa Schwarz Cifu Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. A clinician and clinical researcher, he has more than 25 years of post-doctoral clinical care and brain injury research experience. Much of his research has focused on neurobehavioral outcomes, emotional well-being, vocational outcomes, and family response to TBI. He has more 150 peer-reviewed journal publications, a dozen published books, and more than 400 conference presentations. His most recent publication is the Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology, a 4 volume, 2800 page, major reference work (Springer: New York). He has been elected to fellow status in the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, American Psychological Association, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. A recipient of numerous awards for his work, Dr. Kreutzer was the 2010 winner of the Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Neuropsychology Award from the National Academy of Neuropsychology.
Melissa Oliver, MS, OTR/L
1201 Broad Rock Blvd
Richmond, VA 23249
Tel.: +1 804 675 5000 ext. 5364
Melissa Oliver, Managing Editor, is an Occupational Therapist and the Assistive Technology Program Coordinator at McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. She works assisting active duty personnel and veterans with various diagnosis transition back into their life roles. Ms. Oliver received a baccalaureate degree in Psychology and Business Administration from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She spent 5 years of clinical experience in mental health occupational therapy where she developed a wellness program for acute rehabilitation, home evaluation as part of discharge protocol and developed a sensory program for the geriatric populations. She furthered her clinical skills in working with adults with brain injury in community brain injury program before working within the VA Medical Center system. Ms. Oliver has served in a variety of elected positions in Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE), the National Occupational Therapy Honor Society, including Treasurer for 2 1/2 years and currently as President. Ms. Oliver has served as the Managing Editor of NeuroRehabilitation, an Interdisciplinary Journal for the past several years.
M.D. Al-Jarrah, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Dr. Muhammed Al-Jarrah is associate professor of physical therapy. He is currently the chairman of Physical Therapy Department at Institute of Applied Technology (IAT), Fatimah College of Health Sciences, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Dr. Al-Jarrah graduated from The University of Kansas Medical Center, USA in 2006. He is American Board Certified in Physical Therapy. Over the last three years Dr. Al-Jarrah published more than 15 papers in well recognized journals. His research interests have focused on rehabilitation of Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and cerebral palsy. He is currently leading international grants in The Middle East to develop new approaches in the fields of cerebral palsy and stroke rehabilitation.
M.A. Alexander, Wilmington, DE, USA
Dr. Alexander graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed a combined residency in Pediatrics and Rehabilitation Medicine at Ohio State University. He is boarded in Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and suboarded in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Dr. Alexander is currently Chief of Rehabilitation at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Delaware and past president of Medical Society of Delaware, Past President of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and a Professor of Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA.
J.C. Arango Lasprilla, Bilbao, Spain
Dr. Juan Carlos Arango is currently Ikerbasque Research professor at the university of Deusto, in Bilbao, Spain. He has received national and international recognitions for his work in the area of brain injury, cultural issues and rehabilitation. Dr. Arango has published more than 130 articles and book chapters. He is well-known both in the US and abroad in his areas of expertise, and has been a guest editor of six special issues in prominent rehabilitation journals. Dr. Arango enjoys teaching and has lectured at more than 40 different universities across the globe.
L. Butt, Englewood, CO, USA
Lester Butt, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., is the Director of the Department of Psychology. He received his doctoral training at The George Washington University (M.Phil. 1970 and Ph.D. 1973) in Clinical Psychology through a National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship. Dr. Butt did his internship and post-doctoral fellowship within the HarvardUniversityMedicalSchool system from 1972-1974. He has worked in the field of Rehabilitation Psychology since beginning at CraigHospital in 1977 and has served as the Director of Psychology since 1987. Dr. Butt is a Diplomate of the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychologists, American Board of Professional Psychology, and serves as Vice-President and President-Elect within their Board of Directors. Additionally, he is a three-time Past President of the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers (AASCIPSW) and served on its Board of Directors for ten years. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association divisions of Rehabilitation Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Trauma. Dr. Butt has served as a Panel Member for the Consortium of Spinal Cord Medicine, Clinical Practice and Consumer Guidelines for Depression and Individuals with Ventilator Dependency. He is the recipient of the Clinical Performance and Essie Morgan Awards from AASCIPSW. In 2007, he was given the Lifetime Award of Practitioner Excellence by the American Psychological Association’s Division of Rehabilitation Psychology.
D.X. Cifu, Richmond, VA, USA
David Cifu, MD is Chairman and Herman J. Flax, MD Professor of the Department of PM&R at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School ofMedicine inRichmond,Virginia and National Director of the PM&R program office for the department of Veterans Affairs. He is also the Chief of PM&R Services of the VCU Health System and Executive Director of the VCU Center for Rehabilitation Sciences and Engineering (VCU-CERSE) – a $16 million/year, interdisciplinary research consortium with 65+ research faculty focused on improving knowledge translation and clinical care for individuals with acute and chronic disability. Dr. Cifu graduated from the Boston University School of Medicine 6-Year Medical Program in 1986 and then completed his Internship and Residency (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) at the Baylor College of Medicine (Houston,Tx) in 1990. He served on faculty at Baylor in the Departments of PM&R and Restorative Neurology until 1991, and joined VCU/Medical College of Virginia. Since 1992, he has been funded on 27 research grants in the field of Neurologic Rehabilitation, and is PI or Co-PI on 5 current research grants, including the NIDRR TBI Model Systems, the NIH TBI Network Sites projects, and three Department of Defense TBI and PTSD projects. In his 20 years as an academic physiatrist, he has delivered over 400 regional, national and international lectures, and published more than 250 articles, abstracts, and book chapters. He is also a Past President of theAmericanAcademy of PM&R. He has recently co-authored the patient and family focused self-help book "Overcoming Post-Deployment Syndrome: A Six-Step Mission to Health".
J.L. Cockrell, Portland, OR, USA
Janice Cockrell, M.D., graduated from Northwestern University Medical School and completed postdoctoral training at Medical College of Virginia, Children’s Hospital of Richmond, VA, Milwaukee Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Memorial Hospital. She served as the Medical Director of Legacy Emanuel Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Program from 1992 through 2010 and continues on as a staff physician. She is also Clinical Associate Professor for the Department of Pediatrics at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Her areas of expertise include: pediatric traumatic brain injury, spasticity management, bowel management in children with disabilities, management of complex feeding disorders in infants and children and management of children with spinal cord injuries. Dr. Cockrell enjoys gardening and is an honorary professor of Second University Hospital, Sichuan University, China, where she has assisted in the establishment of a pediatric rehabilitation program.
C.A. Coelho, Storrs, CT, USA
Carl Coelho, PhD is a speech-language pathologist who has worked clinically and conducted research in the area of acquired brain injury for over 30 years. He has published more than 100 scholarly articles and book chapters. Coelho is currently Professor and Head of the Communication Sciences Department at the University of Connecticut. He was also an Associate Investigator on the Vietnam Head Injury Study. He is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and Past President of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences.
R.G. Frank, Kent, OH, USA
Robert G. Frank became Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kent State University in July 2007. Dr. Frank is the former dean of the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida, where he also served as a professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. Dr. Frank’s first appointment was at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, where he established the Division of Clinical Health Psychology and Neuropsychology. In 2011, Dr. Frank was appointed by the United States Department of Defense to the Defense Health Board, a federal advisory committee to the Secretary of Defense. Dr. Frank holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of New Mexico. He is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is past president of the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological Association and a Fellow in Rehabilitation Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Health Psychology. He formerly chaired the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, the Legislative Committee of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and American Psychological Association’s Committee on Professional Continuing Education (1997) and its Board of Educational Affairs (2000). Dr. Frank’s scholarship focuses on two areas: psychological adjustment to catastrophic injury and health policy.
R.T. Katz, Clayton, MO, USA
Dr. Katz is Clinical Professor of Neurology (PM&R) at Washington University, St. Louis, and was the former Vice President of Medical Affairs and Medical Director of the SSM Rehabilitation Institute before starting his own private practice. He was a contributor, reviewer, and section editor of the 5th and 6th editions of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment. He is the author of over 110 scientific publications related to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, electrophysiology, and spastic hypertonia. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners.
P. Kennedy, Oxford, United Kingdom
Professor Kennedy is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford, and Trust Head of Clinical Psychology based at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital. He has published over 100 scientific papers for peer reviewed journals, and written and edited a number of books on clinical health psychology and physical disability. He is founding Chair of both the Multidisciplinary Association of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (UK) and the European Spinal Psychologists Association. In 2002 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers, and in 2005 he was awarded a visiting Fellowship to Australia by the New South Wales, Ministry of Science and Medical Research. He is an enthusiastic scientist practitioner who enjoys the interplay between service provision, research and training. In 2009 he was given the Chairman’s Award (Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust) as part of the National Spinal Injuries Centre CARF team. In 2011 he was awarded the Guttmann prize by the Deutschprachige Medizinische Gesellschaft für Paralegie (DMPG - German speaking society of paraplegia).
J. León-Carrión, Seville, Spain
José León-Carrión is professor of Neuropsychology, director of Post-graduate Program in Neuropsychology at the University of Seville, Spain and responsible for the design of the rehabilitation programs at the Center for Brain Injury Rehabilitation (C.RE.CER.), an interdisciplinary center for neurorehabilitation. He is currently vice-chairman of the IBIA executive committee and member of the World Academy for Multidisciplinary Neurotraumatology and the European Brain Injury Society. He serves as a reviewer and consultant for the U.S. Department of Defense Traumatic Brain Injury Grant Program and world-wide. Special focus of research is minimally conscious state.
J. Lexell, Lund, Sweden
Jan Lexell MD, PhD is Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and Chair in the Department of Health Sciences at Lund University, Lund and Medical Director and Consultant in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Skåne University Hospital, Lund, Sweden. Professor Lexell is board certified (Sweden) in neurology and rehabilitation medicine. Currently he is scientific secretary of the Swedish Society of Rehabilitation Medicine, Chairman of the Medical Committee in The Swedish Sports Organization for the disabled and Chief Medical Officer for Swedish Paralympic Committee (NPC Sweden), and serves on the Board of Governors in the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA). He also serves on the editorial board of several of the major rehabilitation medicine scientific journals and is currently Senior Editor of PM&R (The Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation), the official scientific journal of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R).
B.E. Murdoch, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Professor Murdoch is a Neuroscientist who is a recognised international authority on neurologically acquired speech and language disorders in children and adults. He has published 13 books in this field, over 380 peer-reviewed articles in high quality international journals, in excess of 70 invited book chapters and over 330 paper presentations at major international conferences. He is recognised as having pioneered the use of physiological instrumentation in the assessment and treatment of acquired speech and language disorders including stroke, traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. More recently he has pioneered the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation in the treatment of neurogenic communication disorders. Professor Murdoch is a member of the editorial board of ten international, refereed journals and an editorial consultant to 20 other international journals. Currently, he is the Director of the Centre for Neurogenic Communication Disorders Research at The University of Queensland, Australia.
J.H. Olver, Richmond, Vict., Australia
John Olver, MB,BS, M.D.(Melb), FAFRM (RACP),Consultant Physician in Rehabilitation Medicine, is Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Monash University. He is Director of Rehabilitation at Epworth Healthcare, Melbourne, Australia, where he is also Manager of the Epworth Rehabilitation Acquired Brain Injury Programme. In 2008 he was appointed as Chairman of the Clinical Institute of Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Pain Management at Epworth HealthCare and in 2009 was appointed to the Victor Smorgon Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine, Epworth HealthCare and Monash University. He is Director of the Epworth-Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Research Unit, the medical research arm of Epworth HealthCare Rehabilitation. Professor Olver's main research interest and a focus of publication concerns the outcomes following traumatic brain injury, through an ongoing prospective long term outcome study conducted at Epworth Rehabilitation and now in its 25th year. His doctoral thesis on balance deficits following traumatic brain injury was presented in 2000. He is on the editorial boards of one national and two international medical journals, is past-President of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, a member of theAmericanAcademy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a member of the President’s Cabinet of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. Professor Olver is on the Council of the World Neurological Rehabilitation Federation (WFNR) and Convenor of the 2012 Melbourne WFNR Scientific Conference Committee.
J. Ponsford, Richmond, Vict., Australia
Jennie Ponsford, BA (Hons), MA (Clin Neuropsych), PhD, MAPsS, is a Professor of Neuropsychology and Director of Research Degrees in the School of Psychology and Psychiatry at Monash University, Director of the Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre at Epworth Hospital and Associate Director (Rehabilitation) of the National Trauma Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia. She has spent the past 30 years engaged in clinical work and research with individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI), conducting research investigating outcomes following mild, moderate and severe TBI, factors predicting outcome, including genetic, age and injury-related factors, and rehabilitative interventions to improve outcome, as well as studies focusing specifically on fatigue and sleep changes, psychiatric and substance use following TBI, and has also pioneered the development of specialized TBI rehabilitation programs. She has published over 110 journal articles and book chapters on these subjects, as well as two books on the management of traumatic brain injury. She directs a doctoral training program in Clinical Neuropsychology at Monash University. Professor Ponsford is President-Elect of the International Neuropsychological Society, Past-President of the International Association for the Study of Traumatic Brain Injury and the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment, is also currently on the Executive of the International Brain Injury Association. She serves on the Editorial Board of several journals, including the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society Brain Injury, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, Brain Impairment and NeuroRehabilitation.
B. Willer, Stevensville, Ont., Canada
Dr. Willer received his PhD in Psychology from York University (Canada) in 1975. Since this time he has been a Professor of the medical school of the State University of New York at Buffalo. His research interests have focused on psychological and social issues associated with traumatic brain injury. He authored the Community Integration Questionnaire, which is internationally recognized for assessment of participation. Dr. Willer was lead author of the first return to play guidelines after concussion adopted by the International Olympics Association. He currently heads a team of researchers examining emotional regulation following brain injury.
T. Yan, Gunagzhou, China
Tiebin YAN, M.D., Ph.D, Professor & Head of the department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Gunagzhou, China.
Main research areas: neurorehabiltation including stroke TBI, SCI periphery nerve injury and musculoskeletal disorders such as neck and should pain, low back pain.
Member, International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
President, Rehabilitation Therapy of Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine
Vice-President, Chinese Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
President, Guangdong Association of Rehabilitation Medicine
Associated Chief-in-Editors, Chinese Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chinese Journal of Rehabilitation
Chief editor in 20 books in Chinese, 1st or correspondence author in over 100 papers in Chinese 11 in English Journals.
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