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Women in Neurodegenerative Disease Rehabilitation Science Award




This award is given by the ACRM Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group (NDNG) to acknowledge world-class rehabilitation research conducted by a female scientist in the rehabilitation research field of multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s, dementia, Alzheimer’s or related neurodegenerative disease.

Sonya Kim

Sonya Kim

The NDNG Awards Task Force is pleased to announce the recipient of the inaugural Women in Neurodegenerative Disease Rehabilitation Science Award is Sonya Kim, CRC, PhD.

Dr. Kim is a research scientist at the NYU School of Medicine where she has a joint appointment as assistant professor in the department of Neurology and in the department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Kim is an early career clinical psychologist, a certified rehabilitation counselor and has board certification in biofeedback.

As the pioneering force behind the use of heart rate variability biofeedback to improve emotional regulation for individuals with severe and chronic brain injury, Dr. Kim’s major research interests include cognitive deficits in multiple sclerosis, chronic TBI, and exploring mechanisms and interventions that help rehabilitate functioning post-brain injury. Dr. Kim has published and presented on the importance of the lived experience as a framework for clinical care and research. She has served as PI in a grant-funded study to develop a post-traumatic growth (PTG) scale in partners of individuals with multiple sclerosis and was recently awarded a grant by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to conduct a psychometric validation of this PTG scale for partners of persons with MS.

Dr. Kim also serves on the editorial board of the Rehabilitation Psychology Journal.


  1. Candidate must be female
  2. Candidate must be a current ACRM member
  3. Candidate must currently be or previously have been a Principal Investigator (or Co-Principal) on at least 1 research grant/project involving research with persons who are living with Neurodegenerative-related disease
  4. Candidate must have 2 or more peer-reviewed neurodegenerative-related publications as First or Senior author
  5. Candidate may self-nominate, or be nominated

The award consists of a certificate presented to the honoree during the Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group Business Meeting at the ACRM Annual Conference.



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



  • Compile all required documents into one PDF and email the nomination to Michele York, Chair, NDNG Awards Task Force, by 1 March.