Science Committee

The Science Committee promotes all aspects of Rehabilitation Psychology as a science. Its activities are designed to encourage, promote, and facilitate scientific and technical contributions by Division members and other researchers for the ultimate benefit of individuals who have disabilities. The Committee is concerned not only with increasing research productivity with particular attention to studies addressing neglected or critical problems, but also in improving the quality of scientific undertakings. Another intention of the Committee is the dissemination and utilization of research-based knowledge.


  1. Identify researchable problems and establish priorities based upon potential for advancement of Rehabilitation Psychology as a science and profession.
  2. Initiate, coordinate, sponsor, or conduct research efforts including active liaison with the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other rehabilitation research sponsors or facilities.
  3. Provide consultation on rehabilitation problems, research design, and other issues with regard to proposals for doctoral dissertations, research and demonstration projects, or fellowship applications.
  4. Offer consultation on data analyses or manuscript preparation and publications, as well as journal editorial evaluation of research reports.
  5. Disseminate utilizable research results through available Division communication media, convention and conference programs, journal articles or special issues, newsletter summaries or abstracts, and/or separate monographs.
  6. Recognize outstanding scientific contributions (e.g., research project, report, book, clinical applications) to Rehabilitation Psychology by convention awards ceremonies, formal letters of commendation, or honorary Division membership.

Over the next weeks and months we will be focusing on efforts prioritized by Division 22 membership:

  • Providing informational resources to Division members regarding Rehabilitation Psychology research.
  • Disseminating information regarding the science of Rehabilitation Psychology to the psychology community on whole in a manner that is accurate and understandable.
  • Disseminating information regarding the science of Rehabilitation Psychology among rehabilitation psychologists in a manner that is accurate and understandable.
  • Advancing the visibility of outstanding Rehabilitation Psychology research.

How To Join

If you are interested in serving, please join us – in particular we are seeking several student members! Persons interested in joining the Science Committee should contact Dr. Evan Smith.


Evan Smith, PhD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Past Chair, Science Committee

Lisa A. Brenner, PhD
VISN 19 Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC)
Denver VA Medical Center
Denver, CO

Committee Members

  • Kier Bison, PhD
  • Teresa A. Ashman, PhD
  • Charles H. Bombardier, PhD
  • Dawn Ehde, PhD
  • Tessa Hart, PhD
  • Jim Jackson
  • Scott D. McDonald, PhD
  • Michelle A. Meade, PhD
  • Janet P. Niemeier, PhD
  • Robert Perna, PhD
  • Sarah A. Raskin, PhD
  • Jennifer Sanchez, PhD
  • Maria T. Schultheis, PhD
  • Timothy Shea, PsyD
  • Connie Sung, PhD
  • Gerald Voelbel, PhD

2017 funding opportunity to improve quality of life for INDIVIDUALs living with spinal cord injury

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    The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation is dedicated to research and programs to improve the quality of life for people living with spinal cord injury.

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation is dedicated to research and programs to improve the quality of life for people living with spinal cord injury.

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation announces the launch of this year's Psychosocial Research (PSR) grants cycle. Eligible organizations conducting research that explores the interrelation of behavioral, social, and psychological factors that influence participation, health, practice, lifestyle, and support systems in community and clinical settings are encouraged to apply.  Awarded grant amounts range from $150,000 to $400,000. To learn about the funding categories, eligibility criteria, and deadlines please download the PSR 2018 Grant Announcement. For more information on this portfolio, contact the Program Officer, Joy Guihama