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Celebrating the Life of VA Researcher Elizabeth Hannold

September 29, 2015

Elizabeth "Lisa" Hannold, PhD passed away on September 28, 2015.

An investigator at HSR&D's Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CINDRR), Dr. Hannold lived with a severe neuromuscular disability and was both a consumer and provider of disability and rehabilitation-related services. Consequently, she offered a unique perspective and understanding of the health, rehabilitation, and community reintegration needs of individuals with disabilities. She conducted numerous disability awareness trainings and presentations for medical and rehabilitation professionals, as well as the general public. Part of her research focused on the challenges faced by Veterans with polytrauma, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, including independent living, employment, and education. In 2009, she also organized an event at the joint meeting of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the American Society of Neurorehabilitation titled "Rehabilitation Researchers and Disabilities: Empowering Full Participation." There is little doubt that despite numerous obstacles, Lisa fully participated in her own life with courage, determination, kindness and dedication. It's the example she has set for us all.