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Enhance your education in the field of neurorehabilitation

Started in 1979, the Braintree Neurorehabilitation Conference, hosted by Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Braintree, is the premier event for clinicians looking to deepen their knowledge of treating traumatic brain injury, stroke and other neurologic disorders.

Held Nov. 7-8, this year’s virtual event educates and motivates a diverse population by teaching clinical and research advancements impacting patient treatment, strategies and outcomes. Up to 12.75 contact hours can be obtained through the duration of the conference.


Catch the sessions for up to two months after the conference

This year’s conference will be held in a virtual format. Sessions will be available on demand for two months after the event. If you’re not able to attend all the sessions during the scheduled event or want to revisit one later, you can watch it at your convenience.

Meet our keynote speakers

Stephen Cramer


Steven Cramer, MD, MMSc, FAHA, FAAN
Dr. Steven Cramer is a stroke neurologist, board certified in internal medicine, neurology and vascular neurology. He has been performing research in stroke recovery for the past 25 years. Dr. Cramer's research focuses on neural repair after a central nervous system injury, with an emphasis on stroke and the recovery of movement.
Mary Ellen Hatch


Mary Ellen Hatch, MSN, RN, CRRN, vice president of nursing operations at Encompass Health
Mary Ellen has been involved in rehabilitation nursing and quality practice for 25 years, serving in various nursing and quality management roles. Her responsibilities include the oversight of the clinical nursing practice and education and representing nursing on multiple committees within Encompass Health. Mary Ellen has played an integral role in crafting the Company’s COVID-19 response protocols.
Abby Maslin


Abby Maslin, MA 
Abby shares the story of her husband’s remarkable recovery from a TBI following a violent assault. From her firsthand experience, Abby discusses the many ways TBI impacts survivors and their caregivers, including the loss of identity, challenges in communication and shifting the family dynamic.

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 8:00 – 8:05 a.m.

Welcome/Overview - Douglas Katz, MD

 8:15 – 9:15 a.m. 

OPENING KEYNOTE (all attendees)

Brain Repair after Stroke
Steven Cramer, MD, MMSc, FAHA, FAAN

 9:25 – 10:55 a.m. 

MORNING PLENARIES – A  (Choice of 1 Session only)

A1 Recovery of Real World Walking Activity Following Stroke 
Darcy Reisman, PT, PhD, FAPTA 
A2 Reducing Emotion Dysregulation through Emotional Awareness Training after Brain Injury
Dawn Neumann, PhD, FACRM

 10:55 – 11:05 a.m. 


 11:15a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 

MORNING PLENARIES – B  (Choice of 1 Session only)

B1 Stroke Recovery Biomarkers and Cutting Edge Treatments
Steven Cramer, MD, MMSc, FAHA, FAAN; David Lin, MD  
B2 Universal Design and Mainstream Assistive Technology for Individuals with Neurological Impairments
Kevin Berner, OTR/L, OTD, ATP
B3 Never More Important Than Now: Cognitive Rehabilitation in Survivors of Critical Illness
James Jackson, PsyD 

 12:45 – 1:25 p.m.  


 1:30  – 3:00 p.m. 

CLINICAL PRACTICE SESSIONS – C (Choice of 1 Session only)

C1 A New Perspective on Anger & Aggression after Brain Injury: Implications for Assessment and Treatment 
Dawn Neumann, PhD, FACRM
C2 Using Mirror Therapy to Improve Sensorimotor Recovery after Stroke: Current Evidence and Clinical Considerations
Dawn Nilsen, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Carly Goldberg, MS, OTR/L
C3 Locomotor Learning after Stroke
Darcy Reisman, PT, PhD, FAPTA  
 3:00 – 3:10 p.m. 

 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. 

CLINICAL PRACTICE SESSIONS – D (Choice of 1 Session only)

D1 Neuroplasticity Effects after Post-Stroke Aphasia
Swathi Kiran,   Ph.D., CCC-SLP  
D2 Review of Neuro Assessment in the Rehabilitation Setting
Jeanne Savage, RN, BSN, CRRN 
D3 Action Observation Intervention to Improve Upper Extremity Function after Stroke 
Carly Goldberg, MS, OTR/L; Dawn Nilson, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA  
D4 Post-Intensive Care Syndrome:  An Under-Recognized Outcome in Survivors of Critical Illness
James Jackson, PsyD
 4:40 – 5:40 p.m
SPECIAL PLENARY (all attendees) 

Rebuilding Identity and Rewarding Lives after Stroke
Debra Meyerson, PhD; Steve Zuckerman 



 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. 

OPENING KEYNOTE (all attendees)

Covering COVID-19 in the Rehabilitation Space
Mary Ellen Hatch, MSN, RN, CRRN 
 9:10 – 10:40 a.m. 

CLINICAL PRACTICE SESSIONS – E  (Choice of 1 Session only)

E1 Post Traumatic Confusional State: New Diagnostic Criteria and Natural History
Douglas Katz, MD
E2 Targeting Post-Stroke Upper Extremity Motor Rehabilitation at Patient-Specific Ability Levels: A Clinician Friendly Method to Link Assessment to Treatment
Michelle Woodbury, PhD, OTR/L 
E3 Rhythm and the Motor System: New Opportunities for Gait Training
Lou Awad, PT, DPT, PhD; Brian Harris, MA, MT-BC, NMT/F; Abigail Spaulding, PT, DPT, NCS 
E4 Walking Health in PD: A Remote Behavioral Approach to Delivering an Exercise Intervention 
Tami Rork DeAngelis, PT, DPT 
 10:40 – 10:50 a.m.   



CLINICAL PRACTICE SESSIONS – F  (Choice of 1 Session only)

F1 Therapeutic Approaches to Neurobehavioral Disorders
Randall Otto, PhD
F2 Could Virtual-Reality Assisted Telerehabilitation Be Part of the New Stroke Rehabilitation Norm? 
Michelle Woodbury, PhD, OTR/L 
F3 An Interdisciplinary Approach to Medication Management Training in Inpatient Rehabilitation  
Amanda Haddad, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS; Darcy Abrams, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS; Liat Rabinowitz, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS 

CLOSING KEYNOTE (all attendees) 

The New Normal: Gratitude, Growth, and Transformation after Brain Injury
Abby Maslin, M.A. 


Closing Remarks - Douglas Katz, MD 

Full conference faculty

The conference features more than 20 sessions from industry leaders.

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Instructor and planning committee disclosures are available for attendees.

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Goals and objectives

See what you can expect to learn at this year’s conference.

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Continuing Education Credits

Attendees can earn up to 12.75 contact hours/CEUs throughout the duration of the conference. Get the details here and download the ASHA forms below.

Register now to take advantage of advanced rates

Create a participant profile and register now to take advantage of advanced rates. A group rate for three or more non Encompass Health employees from the same facility is available.



August – October 9


October 10- November 6

 Student – student I.D. required

$175 $250

 Non Encompass

$395 $475

 Encompass Employee

$295 $375

 Group Rate – 3 or more from the same facility
  (Encompass Health employees are not eligible for group rate)

$300 $375

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