Early Career Development Course

30 September, 2018, Dallas 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

About the ECDC

The ACRM Early Career Development Course (ECDC) is a perennial favorite that connects early career rehabilitation researchers with seasoned professionals who serve as mentors to answer specific questions regarding career development opportunities as mentees work toward a path to success with grant writing and scholarly publishing.

This year’s course will focus on how to write a successful manuscript and grant submissions. The course will provide opportunities to learn from journal editors, funding agency representatives, and distinguished scientists. Through didactic presentations, panel discussions, one-on-one networking, and small group discussions, the attendees will learn how to confront career development challenges with a specific focus on the pearls, possibilities, and pitfalls of writing successful grants and manuscripts.


  • Dr. Ralph Nitkin — Deputy Director, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research
    National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development National Institutes of Health
  • Dr. Edelle Field-Fote — Director, Spinal Cord Injury Research, Shepherd Center
  • Dr. Patricia Dorn — Director, Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Dr. A. Cate Miller — Rehabilitation Program Specialist, NIDILRR


  • Shilpa Krishnan
  • Amy Herrold
  • Brad Kurowski
  • Sarah Blanton
  • Ekaterina (Kat) Dobryakova


  • Dr. Reza Ehsanian — Post-Doc, Stanford Hosp & Clinics – Palo Alto, CA
  • Dr. Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner — Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Featured Talks & Speakers

In collaboration with the Early Career Mentoring Task Force of the Early Career Networking Group (ECNG), the course will also include an extended mentoring lunch, which will give mentees the opportunity to discuss various career development topics in a small group setting. Following a ‘speed-mentoring’ format, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with three mentors and other course attendees.

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