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Dr. Claire Kalpakjian, PhD, will become the next Associate Chair of PM&R, starting in January, 2020.
Congratulations to Dr. Claire Kalpakjian, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation on her up and coming award at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Annual Meeting.
Dr. Kalpakjian is the lead researcher on two new grants that will support the creation of pregnancy decision-making tools for women with physical disabilities.
Dr. Claire Kalpakjian, Associate Professor and Director for Research in the department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation has been awarded an R21 for her study on decision making, disability and pregnancy by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dr. Kalpakjian is a biopsychosocial scientist and clinical and rehabilitation psychologist by training with 30 years of clinical and research experience with diverse populations of persons with disabilities resulting from injury, illness, or by congenital causes. She has particular expertise in the development of patient-reported outcome measures tailored for individuals with functional limitations and the use of qualitative and quantitative methods to develop interventions to improve health and wellbeing. Dr. Kalpakjian’s program of research focuses on the reproductive health of women with physical disabilities to promote independence, self-advocacy and healthcare equity. In addition to her role as investigator, she leads the development of the University of Michigan Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Learning Health System. In this role, she leads a team that supports diverse clinical teams in forming into learning communities, evaluating their current documentation practices, engaging in consensus building around changing and standardizing those practices, and selecting clinically relevant outcome measures to complement clinical evaluation. She has extensive experience mentoring postdoctoral fellows, medical residents, junior faculty and practicing clinicians in clinical research and is affiliated faculty in the Education and Mentoring Group of MICHR.
- Women's Reproductive Health and Disability
- Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Development
- Decision Making Tool Development
- Mixed Methods Research
Education and Training
- 09/1982-05/1986 BA, Philosophy, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH
- 09/1990-05/1992 MS, Rehabilitation Counseling, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
- 05/1995-12/2000 PhD, Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
- 09/2005-04/2007 MS, Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis, University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
- 09/1999-08/2000 Internship, Rehabilitation Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
- 04/2001-04/2004 Research Fellow, Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Honors and Awards
- 2001: 2nd Place, 2001 Bernard M. Baruch Essay Contest for Students, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, "Quality of Life in Rehabilitation and Traumatic Brain Injury"
- 2010: Certificate of Appreciation and Recognition for 2009-2010 Service at Early Career Committee Chair, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
- 2010: Rosenthal Early Career Research Award, American Psychological Association, Division of Rehabilitation Psychology (Division 22)
- 2013: Distinguished Member Award, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
- 2019: Early Career Outstanding Mentor Award, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
- 2020: Marion Kit McDonnel Closing the Divide Award, in recognition for a longstanding commitment to women with disabilities, United Cerebral Palsy of Metro Detroit & United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan
- 2003: Gary Davidoff Memorial Research Award, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan