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ACRM Women in Science Award recipient Patricia Heyn

The Women in Rehabilitation Science Award is given to acknowledge world-class rehabilitation research conducted by a female scientist in the rehabilitation science.

Congratulations to the 2018 Recipient

The ACRM Awards Committee is pleased to recognize Patricia C. Heyn, PhD, FGSA, FACRM, as the inaugural recipient of the ACRM Women in Rehabilitation Science Award.

Dr. Heyn is Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the School of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Her work on the effects of exercise training for individuals with dementia is highly cited and well-recognized in the rehabilitation field.

Dr. Heyn has several ACRM leadership and mentorship roles as well as in many other national organizations such as the NIH/NIDKK Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI) and the Gerontological Society of America. Her investigations include the associations between exercise, mobility, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular risk factors, and cognitive function. She has been involved in several international academic programs and her research was featured in La Nación, Argentina’s leading newspaper and is frequently cited in various media such as, WIKIBOOKS, ABC 7 News and the Alzheimer’s Association.



  1. Candidate must be female
  2. Candidate must be at least 6 years-post terminal degree
  3. Candidate must currently be or previously have been a Principal Investigator on at least 1 extramural awarded/sponsored research grant/project involving rehabilitation-related research
  4. Candidate must have 4 or more peer-reviewed publications as First or Senior author
  5. Candidate may self-nominate, or be nominated

The award includes a ticket to the Henry B. Betts Awards Gala and an award plaque, which will be presented at the Gala during the ACRM Annual Conference.



  • A statement of no more than 500 words outlining the nominee’s accomplishments in rehabilitation research. Although not an eligibility criterion, description of any service to the ACRM or any other professional organization representing rehabilitation should be included in the statement.
  • Nominee’s CV
  • Two letters of support outlining the nominee’s accomplishments or contributions to science.
  • Candidate’s best peer-reviewed publication.
  • Name and email of the person making the nomination



  • Compile all required documents into one PDF and email the nomination to Terri Compos, Community Relations Manager by 1 March.