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Claire Kalpakjian, PhD, MS

Associate Chair for Research, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Associate Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


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.

Research Interests

  • 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