NARRTC's Best Research Paper

2017 NARRTC’s Best Paper Awards will be announced at the 39th Annual conference on April 6, 2017. A call for Best Research Paper nominations for 2017 has been completed and the winners have been notified.

Submissions were reviewed by Research Committee members using methodological guidelines to judge the rigor and quality of the research. Three finalists were selected and will be invited to present during the "Best Paper Panel Session" at the 2017 conference.

Conference registration fees will be waived for each of the three finalists. The winner will be announced during the Awards Ceremony at the conference. The lead author of the winning paper will also receive a $250 honorarium.

If you submit a manuscript, please ensure it adheres to the following criteria:

  1. Acknowledges NIDILRR as the funding source.
  2. Has been published in a peer-reviewed journal.
  3. Has been published in the calendar year 2015.
  4. Reports on research that has received most of its funding from NIDILRR.
  5. Qualitative, quantitative studies, clinical trials, meta-analyses, systematic reviews, and secondary analyses are all acceptable however, literature reviews are not eligible.

The winner must be a NARRTC member. If the winner is not a member at the time of application, they must become a member before receiving the award. (See the Bylaws at http://narrtc.org for membership criteria.) If you are not the lead author, please provide documentation that they are interested in participating in this competition.

The list of past Best Paper winners is posted on the NARRTC website: http://narrtc.org/awards/bestpaper.php. On behalf of the NARRTC Executive Committee we want to thank NIDILRR and the grantees for their work and for considering this opportunity to submit an article.

2017 WINNER (Published in 2016)

Jae Kennedy and Elizabeth Geneva Wood. Medication Costs and Adherence of Treatment Before and After the Affordable Care Act: 1999–2015. American Journal of Public Health (2016).

2016 Honorable Mentions (Published in 2016)

Yuying Chen, Yin He and Michael J. De Vivo. Changing Demographics and Injury Profile of New Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries in the United States, 1972 – 2014. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2016)

Amanda Reichard, Michelle Stransky, Kimberly Phillips, Monica McClain and Charles Drum. Prevalence and reasons for delaying and foregoing necessary care by the presence and type of disability among working-age adults. Disability and Health Journal (2016)

2016 WINNER (published in 2015)

Joy Hammel, Susan Magasi, Allen Heinemann, David B. Gray, Susan Stark, Pamela Kisala, Noelle E. Carlozzi, David Tulsky, and Elizabeth A. Hahn. (2015) Environmental Barriers and Supports to Everyday Participation: A Qualitative Insider Perspective From People With Disabilities, Archives Physical Medicine Rehabilitation, 2015 Apr; 96(4):578-88

2016 Honorable Mentions (published in 2015)

Yue Cao, Elizabeth A. Walker, and James S. Krause. Environmental barriers and subjective health among people with chronic spinal cord injury: A cohort study. Journal Spinal Cord Medicine, 2015 Jul; 38(4): 526-31

Chloe S. Slocum, Richard Goldstein, Margaret A. DiVita, Jacqueline Mix, Paulette Niewczyk, Paul Gerrard, Robert Sheridan, Karen J. Kowalske, Ross Zafonte, Colleen M. Ryan, Jeffrey C. Schneider. Assessing the ability of comorbidity indexes to capture comorbid disease in the inpatient rehabilitation burn injury population. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; 2015 May; 94(5): 373-84

2015 WINNER (published in 2014)

William A. Erickson, Sarah von Schrader, Susanne M. Bruyère, Sara A. VanLooy, and David S. Matteso. (2014). Disability-Inclusive Employer Practices and Hiring of Individuals With Disabilities, Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, 28(4), 309-328.

2015 Honorable Mentions (published in 2014):

Roy Del Valle, Michael J. Leahya, Susan Shermana, Catherine A. Andersonb, Timothy Tansey and Barbara Schoen. (2014). Promising best practices that lead to employment in vocational rehabilitation: Findings from a four-state multiple case study, Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 41, 99–113.

Nhi-Ha T. Trinh, Deborah L. Nadler, Vivian Shie, Felipe Fregni, Stephen E. Gilman, Colleen M. Ryan, Jeffrey C. Schneider. (2014). Psychological Sequelae of the Station Nightclub Fire: Comparing Survivors with and without Physical Injuries Using a Mixed-Methods Analysis. PLoS ONE, 9(12), 1-16.

Paul Wehman, Fong Chan, Nicole Ditchman, and Hyun-Ju Kang. (2014). Effect of Supported Employment on Vocational Rehabilitation Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Case Control Study. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 52(4), 296–310.

2014 WINNER (published in 2013)

Winning paper:

Bombardier, C. H., Ehde, D. W., Gibbons, L. E., Wadhwani, R., Sullivan, M. D., Rosenberg, D. E., & Kraft, G. H. (2013). Telephone-based physical activity counseling for major depression in people with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81, 89-99.

Nominated Papers:

Deutsch, A. (2013). Does postacute care site matter? A longitudinal study assessing functional recovery after a stroke. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 94, 630-632.

Abdollahi, F., Case Lazarro, E. D., Listenberger, M., Kenyon, R. V., Kovic, M., Bogey, R. A., Hederker, D., Jovanovic, B. D., & Patton, J. L. (2013). Error augmentation enhancing arm recovery in individuals with chronic stroke: A randomized crossover design. Neurorehabilitaion and Neural Repair, 28, 120-128.

Mortenson, W. B., Demers, L., Fuhrer, M. J., Jutai, J. W., Lenker, J., & DeRuyter, F. (2013). Effects of an assistive technology intervention on older adults with disabilities and their informal caregivers: An exploratory randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 92, 297-306.

Hall, J. P., Kurth, N. K., & Hunt, S. L. (2013). Employment as a health determinant for working-age, dually-eligible people with disabilities. Disability and Health Journal, 6, 100-106.

Saunders, L. L., DiPiro, N. D., Krause, J. S., Brotherton, S., & Kraft, S. (2013). Risk of fall-related injuries among ambulatory participants with spinal cord injury. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, 19, 259-266.

Saunders, L. L., Ekoja, E., Whitlock, C. S., DiPiro, N. D., Gregory-Bass, R., & Krause, J. S. (2013). A comparison of health behaviors between African Americans with spinal cord injury and those in the general population. NeuroRehabilitation, 33, 449-456.

Krause, J. S., Cao, Y., & Bozard, J. I. (2013). Changes in hospitalization, physician visits, and self-reported fitness after spinal cord injury: A cross-sequential analysis of age, years since injury, and age at injury onset. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 94, 32-37.

Gold, P. B., Fabian, E. S., & Luecking, R. G. (2013). Job acquisition by urban youth with disabilities transitioning from school to work. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 57, 31-45.

Von Schrader, S., Malzar, V., & Bruyere, S. (2013). Perspectives on disability disclosure: The importance of employer practices and workplace climate. Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, 1-19.

2013 WINNER (published in 2012)

Giacino, J. T., Whyte, J., Bagiella, E., Kalmar, K., Childs, N., Khademi, A., Eifert, B., Long, D., Katz, D., Cho, S., Yablonm, S.A., Luther, L., Hammond, F.M., Nordenbo, M., Novak, P., Mercer, W., Maurer-Karattup, P., Sherer, M. (2012). Placebo-Controlled Trial of Amantadine for Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. New England Journal of Medicine, 366, (9), 819-826.


2013 Runner-up: Failli, V., Koop, M., Gericke, C., Martus, P., Klingbeil, S., Brommer, B., Laginha, I., Chen., Y., et al., (2012). Functional neurological recovery after spinal cord injury is impaired in patients with infections. Brain, 135, 3238-3250.

2013 Runner-up: Krause, J., Saunders, L., & Acuna, J. (2012). Gainful employment and risk of mortality after spinal cord injury: effects beyond that of demographic, injury and socioeconomic factors. Spinal Cord (2012) 50, 784–788.

2013 Runner-up: Kaye, H. S. (2012). Gradual rebalancing of Medicaid long-term services and supports saves money and serves more people, statistical model shows. Health Affairs, 31(6), 1185-1203.