Tschida Appointed Director of NIDRR

John Tschida has been appointed as the new Director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Tschida follows K. Charlie Lakin as director of NIDRR. Lakin served as director from 2011 to February 2014.

Tschida previously served as vice president for public affairs and research at the Courage Center, which recently merged with Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute to form the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute (CKRI) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tschida, who has a spinal cord injury, also has served on a number of public and private boards designing policy or governance solutions to further the independence of people with disabilities, and worked closely with the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities. He has written numerous articles on disability, healthcare, and public policy for national and local news outlets and magazines.

Tschida was a Health Policy Research Fellow under the auspices of the National Rehabilitation Hospital’s (NRH) Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability and Managed Care funded by NIDRR (1997-2001). His fellowship included acquiring his MPP degree in health policy at Georgetown University Graduate Program in Public Policy and doing his practicum at the NRH Research Center. Tschida will join the NIDRR staff effective February 25th.

More information on Tschida is available at naricspotlight.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/naric-welcomes-john-tschida-nidrrs-new-director/.