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Career Development Networking Group NEWS

Career Development Networking Group News






Congratulations to these CDNG members

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Cynthia Li

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Brian Downer






Please join us in congratulating these two members of the ACRM Career Development Networking Group on their exciting recent achievements.

  • Brian Downer, PhD was promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Metabolism & Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch, School of Health Professions.
  • Chih-Ying (Cynthia) Li, PhD, OTR was promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Texas Medical Branch, School of Health Professions.

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Communications Task Force Chair

The mission of the Career Development Networking Group is to foster the development and career advancement of rehabilitation professionals. The CDNG Communications Task Force supports this mission by disseminating announcements and information about career development. The primary role of the Communications Task Force Chair is to organize and submit content for the CDNG e-newsletter, which is published twice per year. The Chair may also lead projects by the group, delegate responsibilities relevant to the current projects and facilitate brainstorming for future projects.

The responsibilities Include:

Responsibilities Estimated Time Involved
  • Prepare agenda and moderate quarterly task force meetings
  • Maintain current mission for task force and brainstorm projects with task force members to ensure task force is meeting this mission
  • 1.5 hours quarterly – (1 hr for call, 0.5 hrs for preparing agenda)
  • Attend bi-monthly CDNG Executive Committee calls.
  • 1 hour bi-monthly (for call)
  • Generate / organize content for e-Newsletter, through own accord and from information provided by Communications Task Force members, from other CDNG task force chairs, and from other ACRM communities.
  • Submit content for e-Newsletter to ACRM Communications Manager, Cindy Robinson.
  • 4-8 hours quarterly for e-Newsletter


The CDNG Communications Task Force chair will serve a 2-year term, followed by a 2-year term as immediate past chair. This position could be filled by two co-chairs if desired.

This position offers a wonderful leadership development opportunity for rehabilitation professionals at any career stage, and especially for early career individuals. We also offer mentorship to support your development and success in this role.

For questions about this position or to discuss further, please contact Alison Cogan.


NEW Early Engagement Task Force seeks members

We are seeking members for our newest task force. The CDNG Early Engagement Task Force will focus on engaging health professions students in ACRM and educating younger students about the rehabilitation professions and sciences. Please contact the task force chair, Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner, to learn more.

New members are always welcome to join any of our other task forces:



One of the great benefits of joining the CDNG is the quarterly newsletter of early career resources and information. Check out the current issue and join the CDNG Membership to get involved and start receiving the information you need to advance your rehabilitation research career.