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Opportunities and Advice for Students Interested in the Health of CROWD logoWomen with Disabilities

The Center for Research on Women with Disabilities is committed to advancing the body of knowledge about health in the context of disability, and to expanding the cadre of researchers engaged in this field.

Our Philosophy of Research Education includes the following tenets:

  • We support the principals of participatory action research, in which the population of interest is integrally involved in every step of the research process, from problem identification through design conceptualization, implementation, interpretation of findings, and finally outcome evaluation.
  • Personal experience with disability constitutes a qualification of inestimable value for researchers and clinical practitioners, particularly in understanding the psychological and social impact of disability.
  • One of the best ways to ensure high quality and relevant research is to increase the number of women with disabilities who are trained as researchers and clinical practitioners. This cadre of women would also be available to be involved in research projects and grant review panels, and to hold policy-making positions in health care and research funding. Strategies for achieving this include:
    • urging vocational rehabilitation counselors to encourage gifted female students with disabilities to pursue careers in the sciences
    • creating scholarship incentives for pursuing such studies
    • offering sponsorship for participation in scientific meetings and conferences, including coverage of disability-related expenses
    • creating a comprehensive list of women with disabilities trained in research and medical practice
    • circulating such a list among public and private research funding agencies and encouraging them to recruit women with disabilities to serve on grant review panels
    • urging placement agencies for positions in medical administration to pursue qualified women with disabilities for such positions

Research Training Opportunities at CROWD

  • Faculty at CROWD welcome inquires about research and training topics of high priority for advancing the health of women with disabilities.
    Students at all levels are encouraged to contact us to discuss research projects, thesis topics, or dissertation topics.
  • Medical students and residents are encouraged to contact us about research projects, possible sources of data, or other information resources.
  • Researchers in academic or clinical settings are welcome to contact us about topics, research designs, recruitment strategies, confidentiality issues, analytic techniques, references, and publication opportunities, as well as grant opportunities and application processes. We are interested in collaborating with other institutions on research that falls within our mission to the extent we are available.
  • Onsite or online mentorships are available with CROWD faculty to the extent we are available.

Funded Research Training

At the University of Texas, Austin, the Margaret A. Nosek Scholarship is available for students who will be at the senior, master, or doctoral level in the next academic year. They must certify that they have a disability that causes a significant functional limitation in one or more major life activities. Applicants must provide evidence of ambition to pursue a career in research in any academic area. Preference will be given to traditionally underrepresented groups.

The Baylor College of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology conducts a research training program, Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health. Qualified individuals with an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree may apply.

The Baylor College of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offers an Advanced Rehabilitation Research Fellowship Training Program.

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