Annette Majnemer, PhD, OT, FCAHS
Annette Majnemer is an occupational therapist with doctoral training in the neurosciences. She is a Professor at the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy at McGill University, with cross appointments in the Departments of Neurology & Neurosurgery and Pediatrics. She is Vice Dean – Education for the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, and is Senior Scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. She serves as Co-editor of Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics and co-leads a web-based initiative called Childhood Disability LINK: Linking Information and New Knowledge, targeted at service providers and families. Her research has focused on two broad themes: the early identification of infants at high risk for long-term disability (using electrophysiologic, neurobehavioral and knowledge translation tools), and the determinants of activity limitations, participation restrictions and well-being in children and adolescents with disabilities (preterm survivors, congenital heart defects, cerebral palsy, among others). As part of her research efforts, she integrates and studies knowledge translation strategies that promote best clinical practices and empower families. She is lead investigator of CHILD-BRIGHT, a newly funded pan-Canadian patient-oriented research network.
Dr. Majnemer is a longstanding member of the AACPDM, and has served on the Membership committee (1998-99), Scientific Program Committee (1997, 1999), Nomination Committee (2009) and Publications Committee (2005-10), and was a member of the AACPDM Board of Directors from 2001-04 and 2009-2013, and served as Secretary and member of the Academy’s Executive (2010-13). She was also on the local host committee for the annual meeting in Montreal, September of 2003 and 2017.
Richard Stevenson, MD
Dr. Richard Stevenson is a Developmental Pediatrician from Charlottesville, Virginia. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed his general pediatrics training at the University of Virginia and then moved to the University of Iowa (Iowa City) where he completed a fellowship in Developmental Disabilities under the tutelage of Al Healy (Chief), Mark Wolraich (Fellowship Director) and James Blackman (mentor). He is board certified in pediatrics and neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Dr. Stevenson is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in the Division of Developmental Pediatrics, where he has been on the faculty since 1989. He is active in clinical care, education, research and administration. He is an attending pediatrician at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) of the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, caring for children across the range of acquired and congenital disabilities: brain and spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, autism, spina bifida, developmental delay, feeding disorders, ADHD, and other developmental and behavioral disorders. His main interest and expertise relates to the care of children with cerebral palsy. He teaches medical students, residents, and fellows and has been awarded the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Virginia. Dr. Stevenson is Chief of Developmental Pediatrics and Medical Director of the CDRC. He currently serves as the Chair of the Institutional Review Board for Health Sciences Research at the University of Virginia. Dr. Stevenson is past president of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM). He has also served the AACPDM as Treasurer, as member of the Board of Directors, and on the Publications Committee and the Research and Awards Committee.
Dr. Stevenson's primary research has focused on secondary health conditions in children with cerebral palsy. His efforts have been directed toward determining how secondary conditions (e.g. malnutrition, osteoporosis, aspiration, chronic pain) affect the health, functional abilities, social participation, and quality of life of children with cerebral palsy and their families. He was the principal investigator of the North American Growth in Cerebral Palsy Project, a multi-center, region-based study of growth and nutritional status. He received an NIH Career Development Award (K-24) geared toward the development and implementation of clinical trials to enhance the health, function, and quality of life of children with cerebral palsy. Subsequently, he has been involved in pharmaceutical trials for the treatment of drooling, a multi-center pilot randomized controlled trial of constraint-induced therapy in young children with hemiplegia, and the NICHD-sponsored Baclofen Efficacy and Safety Trials. He has ongoing or past research collaborations with investigators in the US, Australia, and Norway. Recent funding efforts have been focused on constraint-induced movement therapy for hemiplegia and practice-based evidence research (comparative effectiveness) in the multi-disciplinary care of children with cerebral palsy. He is co-PI on an ongoing NICHD (NIH) grant (R01) funded multicenter, randomized controlled trial of constraint-induced movement therapy in young children with unilateral cerebral palsy.
Michele Tourné, PT DPT
Dr. Tourné is an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Doctoral program at AT Still University in Mesa, AZ. Prior to moving to Arizona, she worked for many years as a pediatric physical therapist in California, and as supervising therapist for California Children’s Services in Humboldt County CA. She is a board-certified pediatric clinical specialist and serves as a site reviewer and content expert for accreditation of post professional Physical Therapy Residency programs through the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. She has a special interest in inter-professional collaboration and education as well as knowledge translation to promote evidence based care for children with cerebral palsy and other childhood onset conditions.
Dr. Tourné has been an active member of the AACPDM since 2003. She has served on the Education committee from 2005-2008 and 2013-2017, including two years as chair, and on the Communications Committee from 2008-2012, including one year as Chair. She served on the Scientific Program Committee in 2008, 2010 and 2015.