The Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology 2018 Annual Report 

The Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology (FRP) was established in 2005 by a group of past presidents of the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology (Division 22) of the American Psychological Association (APA). They envisioned the Foundation as the means through which all who care about the future of Rehabilitation Psychology could invest in its vitality and growth through tax-deductible donations and planned gifts.


The Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology’s mission is “advancing the psychology of disability and chronic health conditions.” FRP’s vision is “improving society by making the foundational insights of the psychology of disability and chronic health conditions common knowledge.” Specific strategies being pursued include updating the FRP Board composition, better communication of the foundational principles of Rehabilitation Psychology, increasing the donor base, and enhancing the foundation’s research support capacity. Dr. Barry P. Nierenberg is coordinating ongoing submissions of classic papers reflective of “foundations from the Foundation”: the FRP’s strategy of highlighting the field’s academic legacy. Dr. Dawn Ehde has been coordinating the process of soliciting and selecting dissertation and student research award winners. There were seven applications this year and four were funded (see next page for details). The Science Committee of Division 22 again provided judging for these awards. The Board welcomes Sara Johnston of St Mary’s University as the new student representative. The Board also thanks Dr. Joseph Rath for his service as Ex-Offico member of the Board and welcomes incoming President-elect of the Division, Dr. Dana Dunn as the Board’s new Ex- Officio member.


The Board planned on distributing grants when the Foundation’s funds reached $100,000. We reached that level in 2012 after seven years of the Foundation’s existence. Expenditures in 2018 in support of the field were as follows:


Over the past eight years, the Board has provided unrestricted support to the Rehabilitation Psychology Annual Conference to help make this important educational meeting more affordable to all attendees. $1000 was provided to Division 22 in support of the 2018 Mid-Winter meeting, and $1000 was committed for the 2019 meeting.


The Foundation provided $1000 for student research awards at the 2018 Annual Conference and committed $1000 for the 2019 meeting. These funds make the educational meeting more affordable for graduate students and recognize their research accomplishments.


The Board provided inaugural resources for establishment of the Rehabilitation Psychology Student Leadership Network and has continued to support it since; $500 were provided in 2018.


The Board provided $500 to the Early Career Psychologist Committee for their ongoing activities.


Four of the seven applicants received dissertation awards as follows:


Dana Bakula, M.S.

Clinical Psychology Oklahoma State University Dissertation title: Parent Uncertainty, Self-Care, and Adjustment in the Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation Setting Advisor’s name: Larry Mullins, PhD


Rosie Shrout, M.A.

Interdisciplinary Social Psychology University of Nevada, Reno Dissertation title: Couples and Nonvisible Chronic Illness: An Integrated Model of Dyadic Coping Advisor: Daniel Weigel, PhD


Jamie Tingey, MS

Clinical Psychology Seattle Pacific University Dissertation title: Self-efficacy Trajectories in Newly Diagnosed Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis Academic Advisor: Jacob Bentley, PhD, ABPP (RP)

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Mercedes Zapata, M.A.

School Psychology Graduate School of Education University of California, Berkeley Dissertation advisor: Frank C. Worrell, PhD Title: Personal Disability Identity Measurement: Self-Worth and Personal Meaning


Best oral presentation: Chelsea Schoen Chelsea is a postdoctoral fellow at NYU-Rusk Rehabilitation. Her poster was Subjective and objective fall-related factors and dual-task performance in older adults: Implications for rehabilitation. Mentor: Joseph Rath, PhD


The long-term goal is to establish an endowment of $1 million. This endowment will permit investment earnings to substantially underwrite the annual conference and provide support to graduate students and early career rehabilitation psychologists in perpetuity. The Board spent considerable time this year under the leadership of Dr. John Corrigan, learning about Planned Giving. Six Board and one Division member have established plans for a Legacy gift via estate planning to date. A major focus for the coming years will be informing and soliciting Division 22 members about Planned Giving to FRP


In addition to a General Fund, the Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology has established two special funds that honor two individuals with notable contributions to our field.

The Bernard Brucker Continuing Professional Educational Fund supports the Rehabilitation Psychology annual meeting. Dr. Brucker was a President of Division 22, a founding member of FRP, and a founding member and President of the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology. He was also an innovative researcher and internationally renowned speaker until his death in 2008. Donations to this fund are dedicated in their entirety to support the midwinter meeting.

The Mitchell Rosenthal Fund provides funds to support doctoral dissertation and student research in Rehabilitation Psychology, as well as the full mission of the Foundation. Dr. Rosenthal was a President of Division 22 and a founding member and President of FRP until his death in 2007. He was also a founding member and President of the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology. He was a world-renowned leader in the field of brain injury rehabilitation as a researcher, writer, and mentor to hundreds of students and colleagues.


The Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology works with the Columbus Foundation, a large community foundation, to manage the FRP endowment. Their low fees minimize expenses and their organizational structure enables the Foundation to operate without paid staff. The Columbus Foundation has over 70 years of experience and manages over $1.5 billion in assets. They provide expertise in planned giving and can consult with donors for gifting via their wills, life insurance policies, retirement funds and other estate planning vehicles. The Columbus Foundation also enables automatic monthly contributions to FRP.


The Columbus Foundation maintains the “Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology Organization Endowment Fund (2306)” with assets of $129,323 at the end of 2018. The Foundation maintains a checking account for expenses; the balance at the end of 2018 was $4,650.

The Board of Directors extends a sincere Thank You to our generous donors:


(as of December 31, 2018)

Donor Recognition Level Cumulative Giving Threshold #
Legacy Donors FRP designated in a bequest 7
Visionary Donors $10,000+ 3
Leadership Donors $3000-$9999 15
Platinum Donors $1000-$2999 16
Gold Donors $500-$999 12
Silver Donors $100-$499 39
Bronze Donors $25-$99 13
TOTAL (excludes Legacy
but includes all donors)

Individual Donors (as of December 31, 2017)

Visionary: $10,000+

Bruyere, Susanne
Rohe, Daniel
Rosenthal, Edythe

Leadership: $3,000-$9,999

Bush, Shane
Callahan, Charles D.
Caplan, Bruce
Corrigan, John D.
Cox, David R.
Farmer, Janet
Heinemann, Allen
Kewman, Donald
Malec, James F.
Nierenberg, Barry P.
Richards, J. Scott
Rosenthal, Margaret F.
Rusin, Michele
Wegener, Stephen T.
Wright, Beatrice A.

Platinum: $1,000-$2,999

Brown, Kathleen S.
Brownsberger, Mary G.
Butt, Lester
Diller, Leonard
Dunn, Dana S.
Ehde, Dawn & John Cerqui
Frank, Robert G.
Fraser, Robert T.
Niemeir, Janet P.
Patterson, David R.
Pawlowski, Carey A.
Schall, Richard
Turner, Aaron
Wilson, Catherine

Gold: $500-$999

Bombardier, Charles
Bost Richard & Diana
Crewe, Nancy M.
Hanson, Stephanie L.
Harrell, Walter
Hart, Tessa
Kurylo, Monica
Pizzolato, Jennifer
Rath, Joseph
Shechter, Judith
Stiers, William
Tackett, Meredith (Jan)

Silver: $100-$499

Anderson, Derek
Barton, Kristine
Beaulieu, Cynthia
Bogner, Jennifer
Brenner, Lisa
Cook, Elizabeth
Daniels, Bradley
Dong, Natalie
Ducharme, Stanley
Duchnick, Jennifer
Eisenberg, Mike
Emery-Tiburcio, Erin E.
Goldberg, Alan
Gorgens, Kim
Hough, Sigmund
Huber, Mary E.
Jutte, Jennifer
Karol, Robert
Lincoln, Randi
Merbitz, Charles & Nancy
Monden, Kimberly
Nash, Laurie
Novack, Tom
Osborne, Peter J
Press, Tamar
Price, Terrie
Rickles, William & Patricia
Rosenthal. Clifford N. & Archer, Elayne G.
Siller, Dr. & Mrs. Jerome
Silver, Jacquelyn J.
Snoxell, James
Stucky, Kirk
Thomas, Kenneth
Touradji, Pegah
Tuck, Laura
Uswatte, Gitendra
Westie, Katharine
Wong, Tiffanie Simm
Zaretsky, Herb

Bronze: $25-$99

Ahlers, Elizabeth
Brady, Molly
Davis, Trevor
Glueckauf, Robert
Massey, Joanne
Mayersohn, Gillian
Patel, Ferzeen
Perlmann, Leonard G.
Paul, Christine
Puente, Tony
Winnett, Rochelle
Womble, Brent
Yeo, Jerrold


Dan Rohe, PhD, ABPP, Mayo Clinic and College of Medicine, President
John D. Corrigan, PhD, ABPP, Ohio State University, Treasurer
J. Scott Richards, PhD, ABPP, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Secretary
Kate Brown, PhD, Independent Practice
Susanne Bruyere, PhD, CRC, Cornell University
Dana S. Dunn, PhD, Moravian College
Dawn Ehde, Ph.D. University of Washington
Allen Heinemann, ABPP, PhD, Northwestern University
Barry P. Nierenberg, ABPP, PhD, Nova Southeastern University
Stephen T. Wegener, PhD, ABPP, Johns Hopkins University


Dana S. Dunn, PhD, Moravian College
Sara Johnstone, St Mary’s University, Student Representative

Honorary Trustee: Leonard Diller, PhD