2017 Award Winners
Michigan State University
2017 Winner for Doctoral Student of the Year
Northern Illinois University
2017 Winner for Master’s Student of the Year
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
2017 Winner for Rehabilitation Counselor of the Year
University of Pittsburgh
2017 Winner for the Vision Award
Timothy Tansey, Ph.D., CRC
University of Wisconsin-Madison
2017 Award Winner: First Place Best Paper
Jennifer Sánchez, Ph.D., CRC
The University of Iowa
2017 Award Winner: Second Place Best Paper
Dr. Sánchez is an assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education at The University of Iowa. She received her PhD in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and her MEd in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Sánchez has 10 years of experience working with, serving, and conducting research with individuals with serious mental illness (SMI), cognitive impairments (e.g., TBI, IDD, Alzheimer’s), and substance use disorders (SUD), as well as co-occurring conditions. Her specializations include rehabilitation counseling/psychology, neuropsychology, and clinical supervision. Clinically, Dr. Sánchez has worked in settings such as, in inpatient psychiatric facilities, Veterans Administration (VA), state hospitals and agencies, schools, and community mental health centers. Her current line of research centers on factors that promote recovery, community integration, and quality of life of individuals with neuropsychological conditions. She has published 15 peer-reviewed articles and presented approximately 50 concurrent and poster sessions at local, national, and international conferences. As an early career professional, Dr. Sánchez has already been awarded over $150,000 in research funding through various internal and external grants, to support her ongoing research projects. Committed to the field of rehabilitation, Dr. Sánchez is currently the Chair of the Diversity Committee in APA’s Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology), Co-Chair of the Council on Psychiatric Rehabilitation of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), and serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for several of the leading Rehabilitation and Counseling journals.
I-Chun Huang, Ph.D., CRC
National Changhua University of Education in Taiwan
2017 Award Winner: Third Place Best Paper
I-Chun Huang is an Associate Professor in the Graduate Institute of Rehabilitation Counseling at the National Changhua University of Education in Taiwan. Dr. Huang graduated from the Leeds University in the United Kingdom, with a specialty in special educational needs and assistive technology. She teaches courses in research methods, qualitative research, vocational evaluation, assistive technology and medical rehabilitation to students pursuing Master’s level studies.
Margaret Nosek, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
2017 Award Winner: Garrett Award
Margaret (Peg) Nosek, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine, Senior Scientist at TIRR Memorial Hermann Research Center (Houston, TX), and Executive Director of the Center for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD). She is also Adjunct Professor in the College of Nursing at Texas Woman’s University, Houston. She holds a Masters in rehabilitation counseling and a doctorate in rehabilitation research from the University of Texas at Austin. Over the past three decades, Dr. Nosek has been recognized internationally as an authority on the health of women with physical disabilities. She has conducted many large, federally-funded studies, including pioneering work on disparities in health and access to healthcare experienced by women with mobility impairments, particularly in the areas of sexuality and reproductive health, mental health, abuse prevention, and weight management. Her research team is now experimenting with delivering health promoting interventions to women with disabilities in the online virtual world of Second Life. Dr. Nosek lives with spinal muscular atrophy, a severe congenital physical disability, and is a disability rights activist. She has worked closely with Justin Dart and others in the independent living movement, and has been honored as a “Disability Patriot” by the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities