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Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award ACRM Award

Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award 2021 Recipient


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The Awards Committee is pleased to honor Vincy Chan, PhD with the 2021 Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award supported by CARF International. This award recognizes the significant contributions she has made to rehabilitation research during her early career work.

Dr. Chan will present the Wilkerson Award oral presentation at the ACRM 2021 VIRTUAL Annual Conference. Registered attendees make access this presentation through the online program through March 2022.


Dr. Chan is an Assistant Scientist at KITE-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network and Assistant Professor (Status) in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. She holds a PhD in Rehabilitation Science and MPH in Epidemiology, both from the University of Toronto. Dr. Chan’s research focuses on understanding the health, health service use, and health outcomes of individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) across the lifespan and continuum of care. Linking large population-based health administrative and survey data, her research has provided foundational evidence supporting the importance of sex-stratified data in advancing rehabilitation research. Her research has also improved our understanding of comorbidities experienced by individuals with TBI and how they affect rehabilitation outcomes. Dr. Chan currently holds an Early Career Research Award from the US National Institutes of Health to lead a population-based birth cohort study with up to 28 years of follow-up to understand the past, present, and future of individuals with TBI.