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Welcome to the ACRM 100th Annual Conference

Picture of Pamela Roberts, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, FAOTA, CPHQ, FNAP, FACRM


ACRM President

We are very excited about the conference program. There are many enhancements reflecting the incredible work of ACRM members as we celebrate one hundred years of improving lives and supporting the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Our centennial conference is the one you will not want to miss!

As the COVID pandemic recedes in many parts of the world, including the United States, we are optimistic that conference registrations will surge for our 100th anniversary meeting. The CORE conference will take place at the Atlanta Hilton 30 October – 2 November 2023, preceded by two full days of PRE-CONFERENCE courses 28 – 30 October.

I encourage you to join me and rehabilitation professionals and community members from around the globe in the diverse and exciting city of Atlanta for #ACRM2023, the world’s largest interdisciplinary rehabilitation research event. 


There’s something extraordinary about meeting in-person, face-to-face. Great minds coming together in one space fuels creative energy, promotes innovation and sparks collaboration — the kind of collaboration needed to help bring the latest science into practice — faster. 


ACRM’s inclusivity has always been all about the research and the mix of disciplines and professions. This blend is exclusive to ACRM and is one of the critical ways that — all together — our work improves lives of those with disabling conditions through interdisciplinary research.

To improve patient care, we need the science from the researchers. To inform and improve the research, we need feedback from the clinicians. ACRM is at the intersection of this essential feedback loop, and this is where you come in. YOU are needed to join the discussions and collaborations — to help move the field forward.

Your expertise is very important. With 150+ inter-professional groups at ACRM, including community groups, committees and task forces, we know there are ample opportunities for networking and collaborating to achieve your goals.


ACRM received valuable feedback from prior attendees and presenters and has made changes to improve the conference, including exciting enhancements to the organization of the schedule, the flow and events to come.

  • Fewer concurrent sessions in each timeslot
  • Fewer schedule conflicts
  • Call for Proposals in WAVES (no more moving deadlines)
  • Higher potential of increased attendance in each session
  • New 60-minute session format for symposia (instead of 75-minute sessions)
  • Attendees can go to MORE sessions
  • Enjoy MORE opportunities for networking and group collaboration
  • MORE CME/CEU earning potential
  • Enhanced quality and value of programming, including increased focus in topic area series presentations
  • Additional options for collaboration among conference attendees and speakers
  • Enhanced poster presentation environments, including new Poster Spotlights
    • Top 30 poster presenters will be allotted one minute each to present a summary of their research during the main conference, immediately following the Plenary on the first full day
  • Improved experiences in the ACRM EXPO Hall
    • Scavenger Hunt & Raffle with $5000 in prizes
    • Lunch available for purchase
    • Scientific posters displayed near the EXPO Hall
    • Exhibitor welcome receptions with food and beverage provided
    • Daily coffee breaks
    • Back by popular demand: “Chat with the Experts”
  • Breadth and depth of world-class content
    • Content curated on a high-end platform for a seamless program experience
    • All conference sessions searchable by topic, presenter names, keywords
    • Casual interactions and moderated discussions of hot topics
    • Opportunity to ask questions and get immediate answers & take-away
    • Natural environment to further network with speakers and other attendees
  • Continuation of the popular recorded content
    • All available recorded content will be accessible after the event to registered attendees through February 2024
  • All conference pricing includes the processing of continuing education credits
    • Apply for credits from the events you attended at the in-person meeting
    • After the event, watch and earn credits from the recorded content (through Feb 2024)


    • 4 powerful PLENARIES
    • 15+ SPECIAL symposia
    • Dozens of ACRM community group meetings
    • 300+ educational sessions, symposia and lectures
    • 600+ scientific papers & digital poster presentations
    • 100+ exhibit booths
    • 400+ CME/CEUs available for 14 disciplines
    • 30 poster presentations presented orally

There will be no shortage of opportunities for networking and fun — a hallmark of ACRM Conferences.


ACRM would not be the organization it is without its members. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to represent the community in this leadership position. I am honored and grateful for the memories gained during my time as president as I round out my tenure. As I pass the presidential necklace to the incoming president, Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST, FACRM, at the conclusion of this year’s Annual Conference, I join previous past presidents in watching ACRM continue to grow and develop while supporting the hardworking members who are the foundation of this organization. I would like to reiterate my immense appreciation for the connections, collaborations, and community that ACRM has provided me with during my presidency.


None of this would be possible without the fantastic work of the ACRM Program Committee, led by Megan Mitchell, PhD, FACRM and Anne Deutsch, PhD, FACRM and the outstanding work from hundreds of presenters and staff.

This event is made financially possible due in part to the support of our sponsors, exhibitors, advertisers, and Institutional Supporters (back cover). Please visit them in the Online Program ( and in-person in Atlanta.


No matter where you are or who you are; no matter where you work, no matter your job status, career stage, educational background, work experience, race, nationality, geographic location, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, immigration and/or disability status, personality, or your religious or political identity — you can rest assured that you are always welcome  at ACRM. 

At ACRM, our mission is to improve the lives of those with disabling conditions through interdisciplinary research. While our backgrounds and professional interests are broad and our clinical, educational, scholarship and scientific research talents are many, our best work happens when we collaborate together as diverse teams to curate and disseminate rehabilitation research throughout the WORLD!


New this year we have exciting WAVES of change to the Call for Proposals submission process. Instead of having deadlines with extensions, we have WAVES of submission deadlines. There are nice advantages to getting proposals in early — the next WAVE deadline is here.  


If you haven’t already, please register now to secure your spot and the lowest prices of the year. The 6-Day WORLD PASS is the best value, especially if you would like to attend a pre-conference course such as the highly regarded Early Career or Leadership Development Courses.

We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!e

ACRM President

Cedars-Sinai and California Rehabilitation Institute