The associate director of UT Arlington’s
Center for Nursing Research has been honored nationally for her work on a study
of ways to support injured veterans in the workforce.
Daisha Cipher was part of a research
team that recently received the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s
Elizabeth and Sidney Licht Award for
Excellence in Scientific Writing in Rehabilitation Medicine.
The paper recognized was titled, “Effectiveness of Supported Employment for
Veterans With Spinal Cord Injuries: Results From a Randomized Multisite Study.”
Employees at six U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs medical centers participated in the research project. Cipher, who also is a clinical associate professor in the College of Nursing, said she was proud to be
part of the collaboration.
"This multi-site study was
well-orchestrated because of the many devoted collaborators who are committed
to the science of improving spinal cord-injured veterans' quality of life,”
said Cipher, who was the study’s biostatistician. “The award is testament not
only to the success of the study outcomes, but to the quality of writing
exhibited in the article.”
In the five-year study, the researchers
found that supported employment, a staple of vocational rehabilitation
programs that involves individual attention from
a multidisciplinary team, could improve employment outcomes for
veterans with spinal cord injuries. The journal Archives of Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation published the paper describing the team’s
findings in 2012. Lisa Ottomanelli, a psychologist with the Department of
Veteran’s Affairs, was lead author.
Jennifer Gray, interim dean of the
College of Nursing, said interprofessional teams like the one in the research
project are “essential to meeting the needs of patients, especially the needs
“We are fortunate to have Dr. Cipher as
a member of the College of Nursing faculty. Her expertise and willingness to
collaborate are moving the research mission of the college forward,” she said.
Cipher currently is working with James
LePage, the associate chief of staff for research and development at the VA
North Texas Health Care System, on several studies focused on homeless veterans
and veterans released from prison who are suffering from medical and
“We are examining health care
utilization in this population as well as kinds of vocational services that are
effective in helping them secure employment,” she said.
The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing is
one of the largest and most successful in the country. Visit www.uta.edu/nursing/ to learn more.
The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive
research institution of more than 33,300 students and more than 2,200 faculty
members in the heart of North Texas. It is the second largest school in The
University of Texas System. Visit www.uta.edu to