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The 2019 election process is underway to fill the Executive Committee position of Chair-Elect of the ACRM Spinal Cord Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (SCI-ISIG). The candidate is Denise Fyffe, PhD, Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Spinal Cord Injury/Center for Outcomes and Assessment Research at Kessler Foundation. Please watch your inbox on 23 August for delivery of your election ballot and show your support by submitting your vote.

If you are a member of the SCI-ISIG and did not receive an election survey via email, please contact Cindy Robinson for assistance.

Candidate Statement


Denise Fyffe imageDenise Fyffe, PhD
Senior Research Scientist, Spinal Cord/Outcomes & Assessment Research, Kessler Foundation
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

I would be honored to serve as Chair Elect of the ACRM SCI-ISIG Executive Committee. As a spinal cord injury (SCI) research scientist, the SCI-ISIG’s interdisciplinary mission inspires impactful contributions to rehabilitation. I joined ACRM in 2013. The SCI-ISIG Task Forces drew me to the organization. The productivity of these working groups impressive, and it was all driven by shared commitment to improving the lives of people with spinal cord injury. Growing involvement in the SCI-ISIG over the years has provided me with opportunities to learn more about our SIG and its role in the ACRM.  As a result, I served two terms as the SCI-ISIG Secretary.

My training and experience as a Clinical Psychologist have well prepared me to serve in the role of the SCI-ISIG Chair Elect. I am a Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Spinal Cord Injury/Center for Outcomes and Assessment Research at Kessler Foundation. My research examines the relationship between social determinants of health on disparities in functional outcomes among diverse groups living with an SCI. I have successfully led and collaborated on numerous federally funded (e.g., NIH, DoD, and NIDILRR) grants and produced several peer-reviewed publications from each project. Additionally, I served as the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Newark Community Health Centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and Board of Trustees for the past 10 years. The leadership, management, and interpersonal skills I have gained through these experiences will help me engage researchers and clinicians across disciplines to work toward common goals as Chair Elect of the SCI-ISIG.

I believe that we are entering a time of tremendous opportunity for SCI research, education, advocacy, and policy change. The SCI-ISIG represents the current and future leaders of these efforts, and I am eager to join the Executive Committee as its Chair Elect.



Catherine VanDerwerker image

A very special “thank you” goes to all candidates in this year’s SCI-ISIG election for their dedication and willingness to serve in a leadership role. Please welcome Catherine J. VanDerwerker, PT, PhD, DPT, NCS to the SCI-ISIG Executive Committee as your newly-elected Membership Officer. Catherine is a research associate at the Medical University of South Carolina. She will serve a two-year term, effective immediately. CLICK HERE to meet all members of the SCI-ISIG Executive Committee.




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