The American Board of Brain Injury and Rehabilitation
The American Board of Brain Injury and Rehabilitation® (or ABBIR) is a neurological specialty certification board in the subspecialty of Brain Injury and Rehabilitation. The ABBIR is a sub-agency of the American College of Functional Neurology® (ACFN), a non-profit certification organization dedicated to serving and protecting its stakeholders, which consist of the public and its healthcare members, by certifying excellence in practice. The ABBIR administers certification examinations and maintains certification renewal processes. The ABBIR issues a Certificate of Qualification and a Fellowship in Brain Injury and Rehabilitation.
The ABBIR standards are consistent with The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (AERA, APA, & NCME, 1999). It accepts health care professionals that have completed an agency recognized training or residency program in Brain Injury and Rehabilitation. The content validity of its certification examinations is demonstrated by a comprehensive job analysis conducted and analyzed by experts, with data gathered from stakeholders in the neurological subspecialty of Brain Injury and Rehabilitation.
The certification program of the ABBIR provides impartial, third-party validation that the has met recognized national and international credentialing industry standards for development, implementation, and maintenance of certification programs.
The ABBIR embraces and emphasizes a current and comprehensive understanding of the neuroanatomical, neurophysiological, epigenetic, biopsychosocial, and connectomic basis of brain injury and rehabilitation. It embraces current research and evidence-based approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries, whether mild, moderate, or severe.
ABBIR Fellows commonly act as consultants and specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of Brain Injury and Rehabilitation. ABBIR certificate of qualification holders are often educators, health trainers, or individuals that may act in a role to facilitate healthcare practitioners in the delivery of health care to individuals with brain injuries.
ABBIR Advisory Board
The ABBIR Advisory Board consists of 4 ACFN-nominated members that may serve unlimited staggered 2-year terms. Appointments are by a nomination and vote of support by two or more of the ACFN Board of Directors. The Board is governed by the executive director and expert board of the American College of Functional Neurology®. Their responsibility is to represent and protect the registry by defining, regulating, assessing, and communicating with its members and the public.
The advisory board is responsible for communicating with the sub-committees and registry and to perform numerous functions included but not limited to: regular job analysis, defining educational requirements and standards for membership, creates and approves board and certification examinations, defines and regulates acceptable usage of board credentials, defines communication with the public about board policy and positions.
- Sets educational requirements for certification
- Develops examinations
- Regulates the usage of credentials
- Performs regular job analysis
- Defines membership criteria
Board of Directors:
Interim President: Matthew Antonucci, DC, DACNB, FACFN, FABCDD, FABVR, FABNN, FABBIR, FICC
Director: Nathan Keiser, DC, DACNB, FACFN, FABBIR
Director: David Traster, DC, DACNB, FABBIR
Director: Jeremy Schmoe, DC, DACNB, FACFN, FABBIR
FABBIR®: Fellow of the American Board of Brain Injury and Rehabilitation. Both FABBIR® and the term Fellow of the American Board of Brain Injury and Rehabilitation are federally protected terms to describe the highest level of certification by the ABBIR. Fellows must be a licensed healthcare professional in a health care professional field (MD, DO, DC, DPT, ND, PhD, etc), that has completed a minimum of 350 credit hours of training in Brain Injury and Rehabilitation in an ACFN and ABBIR approved educational program. Fellows must also have completed a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience in the field of Brain Injury and Rehabilitation and have successfully passed an approved and psychometrically-validated board examination.
The ABBIR requires that throughout the initial certification and maintenance of certification processes, health care providers must have a valid, unexpired, and unencumbered license to practice a primary care discipline in their jurisdiction. The ABBIR demands a recertification process that is necessary to maintain Fellowship Status with the Registry. Fellows must re-certify by July 1 of odd number years with a demonstration of competency including a minimum of 25 hours of continuing education in a board-approved educational program; submitting an annotated bibliography of 6 peer-reviewed article that falls in the biennium period prior to the renewal period; paying recertification dues; and completing a job-analysis survey. Fellows must also recertify by examination every 10 years.
Certificate of Qualification in Brain Injury and Rehabilitation: The Term CABBIR® is a federally protected certificate. These certificate holders are health care professionals that have completed a board recognized training program in Brain Injury and Rehabilitation and who have passed the certification examination of the ABBIR.
Notice of Trademark:
The American College of Functional Neurology®, American Board of Brain Injury and Rehabilitation®, FABBIR®, CABBIR® are actively used and registered trademarks of the American College of Functional Neurology, Inc.