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.


  • The Governance Board (GB) is responsible for the oversight of all Academy activities and its monies.
  • The GB is composed of 3 members from each section. The governors are selected by the section boards to a 3 year term and up to 2 consecutive terms. There are 2 ex-officio members: Editor of JSCM and APC chair.
  • The Executive Committee includes the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. These officers are elected from the GB for a 2 year term and up to 2 consecutive terms. The officers do not have to be equally distributed across the sections.
  • Meetings: Monthly teleconference and face to face at the mid-year meeting and annual conference

Section Boards

  • Size varies between 7-9 members as set forth in Policies and Procedures.
  • Officers are elected by each section board and operate within their own mission and scope but advise GB of major activities and expenditures of their funds.
  • Meetings: Monthly teleconference and face to face at the annual conference

Advocacy, Clinical Practice, Early Career and Trainee Support (ECATS), Electronic Communications, Finance, Membership, Nominating, Program, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) and Research

  • Meetings: Monthly teleconference and face to face at the annual conference
  • Section membership solicits members to participate in committees through a nomination process run by the Nominating Committee. They do not have to come from section boards.
  • Each committee has an assigned GB liaison, except for the Finance Committee because the Treasurer serves as chair.

Interested in joining a committee? Contact Amy Cheatham at acheatham@lutinemanagment.com

Members Only

  • Online membership directory provides contact information of all current members
  • Weekly electronic newsletter includes SCI news and ASCIP updates
  • JSCM magazine online access to full text
  • JSCM magazine is mailed to member address six times per year
  • Registration discounts for the annual conference
  • FREE educational webinars
  • Reading list that is updated annually by the Academy Research Committee
  • Member recruitment program offers a chance to win prizes for recruiting new members
  • Award program recognizes members for exemplary service to the SCI profession
  • And more!

The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine is owned by ASCIP.

Membership Services:  Jeff Leonard at jleonard@lutinemanagement.om


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