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SCI-ISIG Election 2015


An email invitation to participate in the SCI-ISIG 2015 Election was sent to all SCI-ISIG members on 2 September.  Please check your inbox and vote today! If you are a member and did not receive an election invitation, please contact Cindy Robinson, Marketing Communications Manager for assistance.


Open Position: SCI-ISIG Chair-Elect

Candidate: Jeanne M. Zanca, PhD, MPT


Jeanne Zanca

Jeanne M. Zanca

Candidate Statement

I am a Senior Research Scientist in the Spinal Cord Injury Research Laboratory at Kessler Foundation.  My research focuses on self-management of secondary complications of spinal cord injury, with a particular interest in caregiving skills training and the management of chronic pain post-SCI.  I have served as a collaborator on projects examining inpatient rehabilitation interventions for SCI and TBI, and am involved in efforts to develop a system for specifying and classifying rehabilitation interventions.  In addition, I coordinate dissemination activities for the Northern New Jersey SCI Model System, including consumer conferences, newsletters, social media postings, and web-based education efforts.

I have been a member of the SCI-ISIG since the group’s status was elevated from a networking group to an ISIG and have served a leadership role as the Chair/Co-Chair for the Task Force on Secondary Complications and Aging since its creation in 2010.  In that role, I have led or contributed to the production of Information/Education pages for the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. I also serve as the SCI-ISIG’s liaison to the Communications Committee of ACRM, which oversees the supplement proposal process and reviews Information/Education page submissions on a variety of topics.

I have been fortunate to work with many respected leaders in ACRM, and I am so grateful that they introduced me to ACRM.  ACRM is a uniquely welcoming organization.  Its dedication to mentorship, encouragement of collaboration, and focus on improving lives through interdisciplinary rehabilitation research make it a fertile environment in which to grow as a rehabilitation researcher.  I appreciate the opportunity to serve ACRM and I am grateful for the nomination to the SCI-ISIG Chair Elect position.  If am elected, I will work with our SCI-ISIG team to raise awareness of the SCI-ISIG and ACRM among our colleagues in the rehabilitation field, encourage growth of our group through efforts to bring in new members and retain those we have, assist SCI-ISIG members in the creation of products, and establish mutually beneficial collaborations with other SCI and rehabilitation related organizations in our field.


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