2023 Innovation Lab Applications Now Open!

The Therapy Leadership Council (TLC) is sponsoring the sixth annual ASCIP Innovation Lab at the 2023 ASCIP Conference! Click the button below to learn more.

The deadline to submit is April 29, 2023 at 11:59 pm CST.


Applications Open for 2023 Innovation Lab!

Applications for the 2023 Innovation Lab are now being accepted. The deadline to submit is April 29, 2023 ...
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Register NOW for ASCIP Webinar – March 8, 2023

Promoting resiliency, adaptation and education for return to school after a spinal cord injury Presenters: Katherine Hill, MOT ...
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ASCIP Establishes Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Creativity Award Honoring David Gater, MD, PhD

Through the generosity of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, this award was created in September 2022.  Just prior ...
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Through the generosity of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, this award was created in September 2022.  Just prior to the announcement of the award at the annual conference in Kansas City, the President of the of the ASCIP Governing Board, David Gater M.D., died unexpectedly.

David was beloved by co-workers and colleagues, and was known for his enthusiasm, optimism, and willingness to consider new ideas to address the needs and desires of the ASCIP members.  In collaboration with the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Board of Directors and David’s family, the ASCIP Board named this award in honor of both Craig H. Neilsen for his commitment to spinal cord injury quality of life and research, and David Gater for his many contributions to the field of spinal cord injury.

The purpose of the award is to encourage professionals from our diverse membership (physicians, nurses, therapists, psychologists, and social workers) who are not currently involved in research or program design to broaden their professional experience and contribute to the field of spinal cord injury in new ways.  Our criteria will assure that awardees are properly mentored by fellow professionals with experience in research and/or program development so that the potential for personal growth is maximized.  This award will help develop the next generation of spinal cord injury researchers and leaders in program development.

The selection committee will oversee a user-friendly application process which will reward creativity and encourage applications by members who do not have experience in grant writing, but whose ideas are worth exploration.  While we expect most applicants will be individuals, we will allow multidisciplinary applications to be considered, consistent with our history of encouraging collaboration within the field.

ASCIP is honored to partner with the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation in offering this exciting opportunity to our members.  We remain extremely grateful for all the Foundation does to support ASCIP in a variety of ways and for its efforts to improve the quality of life of all those affected by spinal cord injury.

ASCIP “Many Minds…One Vision”

ASCIP membership provides medical professionals advanced learning opportunities and professional networking that enhances your professional interests, as well as those of your patients and their families. ASCIP is a not for profit incorporated association comprised of 4 professional sections: American Paraplegia Society (APS), Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses (ASCIN), Psychologists, Social Workers & Counselors (PSWC) and Therapy Leadership Council (TLC).

Mission Statement - To optimize the health and wellness of individuals with SCI/D through advanced interdisciplinary education, professional development and scientific research.

Joe Fangman, PT
ASCIP President

"As medical research and the healthcare environment continues to change, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to provide the best care possible for those we have the privilege to serve.  ASCIP is uniquely positioned by our multidisciplinary membership to provide a diverse set of professional expertise to explore and discover new aspects of care and life quality for those with SCI/D."

-- Joe Fangman, PT
ASCIP President

Michael Kennelly, MD, FACP
ASCIP Immediate Past President

"One of the many strengths of the Academy is its multidisciplinary membership. As a urologist, the fusion of energy created by the various disciplines focusing on spinal cord injury is tremendous. I find the integrated scientific research possibilities, state-of-the-art annual meetings and networking opportunities invaluable." 

-- Michael J. Kennelly, MD, FACS
Immediate Past ASCIP President

Professional Sections

The Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP) is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to advancing the care of people with spinal cord injury/disorder (SCI/D).


American Paraplegia Society

The APS is dedicated to improving the quality of care delivered to persons with spinal cord impairment. The mission of the American Paraplegia Society is to advance spinal cord medicine through state of the art education, dissemination of information, and promotion of research and advocacy.


Psychologists, Social Workers
and Counselors

The Academy's Psychologists, Social Workers & Counselors Section specializes in the provision of psychosocial services to meet the cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of persons affected by spinal cord impairment.


Spinal Cord Injury Nurses

The Academy Spinal Cord Injury Nurses section, formerly known as the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses, believes that spinal cord impairment and related disorders are multifaceted, catastrophic experiences for individuals that have implications for families, significant others and society as a whole.


Therapy Leadership Council

Therapy Leadership Council began in 2004 as a small meeting of VA SCI therapists. The meeting was held in Seattle, Washington and was sponsored by a grant from the United Spinal Association. TLC’s meeting eventually became a parallel meeting with the Congress on Spinal Cord Injury Medicine.

Institutional Member Recognition

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