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Congratulations 2021 Recipient


Claire Kalpakjian receives the 2021 SCI-ISIG Dr. Margaret Nosek Award - IMAGE


Please join ACRM in congratulating Claire Kalpakjian, PhD, MS, selected by the SCI-ISIG Executive Committee as the inaugural recipient of the SCI-ISIG Dr. Margaret Nosek Award. The award recognizes an individual who demonstrates drive and commitment to advancing scientific knowledge, developing standards of clinical practice, raising awareness, and advocating for appropriate health care and community support for women with disabilities. The award is given each year as part of the Margaret Nosek Lecture series presented by the ACRM SCI-ISIG. Visit the Online Program to identify all SCI-related presentations coming to the ACRM 2021 Conference.


Claire Z. Kalpakjian, PhD, MS, is a tenured Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Research in the University of Michigan Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has 30 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation, first as a clinical and rehabilitation psychologist and, for the last two decades, as a successful investigator. She is recognized as an expert in reproductive health and disability and her research portfolio is supported by federal and foundation funding totaling over $5.5 million since 2005. Her most recent work concentrates on the development of patient-reported outcomes in reproductive health designed expressly for women with physical disabilities; these new measures target self-confidence and worries about pregnancy, worries about pelvic exams, difficulty managing menstrual periods, and patient-centered communication with health care providers. Her other work focuses on developing and testing the first decision making tools about pregnancy to support women with physical disabilities in making this important decision.