Welcome to ACBIS!


Board Of Governors


The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) offers a voluntary national certification program for both direct care staff and professionals working in brain injury services. ACBIS provides the opportunity to learn important information about brain injury, to demonstrate learning in a written examination, and to earn a nationally recognized credential.

ACBIS offers three certification options representing distinct levels of experience and supervisory skills: Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS), Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer* (CBIST) and Provisional Certified Brain Injury Specialist (PCBIS). Certification is based on a comprehensive training manual that covers the following topics:

  • Incidence and epidemiology of brain injury
  • Continuum of services
  • Brain anatomy and brain-behavior relationships
  • Functional impact of brain injury
  • Effective treatment approaches
  • Children and adolescents with brain injury
  • Health and medical management
  • Family issues
  • Legal and ethical issues

Certification is not restricted to any one profession or discipline. Rather, it is intended for anyone who delivers services specific to brain injury. Please read Certification Disclaimer.

*Previously known as Clinical Examiner and, most recently, ACBIS Trainer.


ACBIS Announcements

  • The ACBIS Board of Governors recently enacted changes that will affect CBIST renewals. These changes will become effective January 1, 2015 and are as follows:

    • CBISTs will fulfill, in addition to the CEU requirement, an annual training requirement. Every CBIST must conduct training of ACBIS-related content eight (8) hours annually. Documentation to support a random audit of renewal will include, for each training session conducted, a description of objectives and content and a sign-in sheet of attendees.
    • CBISTs will attend, in addition to the current initial two-hour training immediately prior to certification as a Trainer, a refresher training course every five years. The training will continue to cover the purpose, governance, and programs of ACBIS, including levels of certification and their requirements, a description of CBIST roles, an overview of Group Administrator guidelines, and principles of adult learning utilized in ACBIS-supplied teaching materials.
  • Display your achievement as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist or Trainer with the new ACBIS pin. These are now available for purchase in the BIAA bookstore! Order Here!
  • On recommendation of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists, certification application and renewal fees increased on March 15, 2013 in the first rate increase since mid2007.


    The new fees are as follows:


    New Applications:


    14  applicants - $300 per person (unchanged)

    529 applicants - $225 per person

    Over 30 applicants - $200 per person


    Annual Renewal Fee per Certificant - $60

  • The Board of Governors and the BIAA staff serving ACBIS continue to pursue process improvement and program enhancement. We have enacted three changes to the group fee structure to ease paperwork burdens. The following policies will be enacted starting September 1, 2012.
    1. Two week time limitation for application fee adjustment. Applicants who are part of a group (and are responsible for making their own payment) but mistakenly submit the individual application rate of $300 have two (2) weeks to notify the ACBIS office of the mistake and request a refund.  Requests for refunds after two weeks will not be granted.
    2. Retroactive group fee adjustment. The retroactive cumulative group application fee adjustment has been discontinued. A group’s size and fee structure is determined at its inception with each Group Registration Form that is submitted.
    3. Group application substitution fee. Substituting a new applicant for another who has discontinued the application process will incur a $35 fee. Please contact the ACBIS office to request the substitution.
  • As a reminder, in order to ensure the fastest processing of renewal applications, if you are making a renewal payment on another certificant’s behalf, please be sure to list that person’s name in the “Special Instructions” field during checkout in the BIAA bookstore.
  • The paper application processes have been entirely replaced by online forms.  For further information please click the appropriate category:





  • The ACBIS Board of Governors has updated its Code of Ethics. The detailed version is available here and the brief version is available here.
  • The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation announcement can be found here.

Upcoming Strauss, Rosenthal and

Family/Caregiver Lectures

Please visit the "Upcoming Webinars" section of the BIAA bookstore for information on upcoming lectures.

More information can be found here.

All Participants

  • New Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainers and formerly certified Clinical Examiners and Clinical Instructors are required to attend ONE "Train the Trainer" webinar.  If you are already a CBIST and would like to attend one of these as a refresher to the materials, please register by emailing Jessica Lucas at If you are applying for CBIST status, you will be personally contacted to confirm attendance upon your approval.
  • Incomplete applications (including payment) will be maintained for up to one year. After one year, the application will become null and void and the applicant will need to reapply. Applicants who have submitted completed applications but have not taken the certification exam within one year will need to reapply after one year.
  • Please update your contact information by visiting THIS section of the website. It is very important that your email address is current so that you can receive regular updates and announcements.


A complete current listing of ACBIS Certificants

as of September 15, 2014 can be found HERE.

Questions regarding the ACBIS Program?

Contact Jessica Lucas at

703-761-0750 x631 – Phone

703-761-0755 – Fax  


Brain Injury Association of America/ACBIS

1608 Spring Hill Road

Suite 110

Vienna, VA  22182


ACBIS is a Standing Committee of the

Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of America.


This page was last updated on June 8, 2015.


Board Chair

Brant A. (Bud) Elkind MS, CBIST

Robin Hill Farm

Hillsborough, NH

Vice-Chairperson of Governance

Thomas Hall MA, CBIST

Riverside Community Care

Dedham, MA

Vice-Chairperson of Information Management

Heidi Reyst PhD, CBIST

Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers

Livonia, MI

Past Board Chair

Jim Misko Psy. D.

CORE Health Care

Dripping Springs, TX

Sharlene Adams CBIST, LSX

Goodwill Industries of NNE

Portland, ME

Juan Carlos Arango‐Lasprilla PhD

University of Deusto


Susan Bartlett LCSW, CRC

Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center

Effingham, NH

Cynthia Boyer PhD


Cherry Hill, NJ

Christina S. Cetnar MS, MT‐BC

The NeuroRehabilitation Center at Worcester

Worcester, MA

Rita Cola Carroll PhD, CPCRT, CBIST

Main Line Rehabilitation Associates

Exton, PA

Paul Folkert MBA

Rehab Without Walls, Inc.

Phoenix, AZ

Angie Jackson MS-CCC/SLP, MBA, CBIST

Pate Rehabilitation

Dallas, TX

Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner PhD, CBIST

Stanford Concussion and Brain Performance Center

Stanford, CA

Todd J. Levy MS OTR/L, CBIST

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

Arthur C. Maerlender PhD

CB3, University of Nebraska

Lincoln, NE

Mary Pat Murphy MSN, CRRN, CBIST


Paoli, PA

Drew A. Nagele, PsyD, CBIST

Beechwood NeuroRehab | Woods

Langhorne, PA

Barbara O’Connell

Acquired Brain Injury - Ireland


Cindy Roth Pahr M.Ed., CBIST


San Diego Unified School District

San Diego, CA

Eric T. Spier MD, CBIS

Mentis Neuro

El Paso, TX

Mary Voegeli, APNP, CRRN

Medical College of Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI


More information on the

ACBIS Board of Governors

can be found here.




21st Century Rehab Services

Gallatin, TN

Acquired Brain Injury - Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital

Lexington, KY

Centre for Neuro Skills

CA and TX

Cone Health

Greensboro, NC

Goodwill Industries of Northern New England

(Brain Injury Services)

Portland, ME

LifeBridge Health

Baltimore, MD

Mentis Neuro Rehabilitation

El Paso, TX

Opportunities Unlimited

Sioux City, IA

Palo Alto Veterans Affairs - Polytrauma System of Care

Palo Alto, CA

Robin Hill Farm

Hillsboro, NH

West Virginia Traumatic Brain

Injury Services at the
Center for Excellence in Disabilities

Morgantown, WV

More information on the

ACBIS Alliance Program

can be found here.