In celebration of Women’s History Month and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we would like to recognize Dr. Gloria Krahn.

Dr. Krahn’s career has been focused on promoting the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities.

• Early in her career, she developed and led a nationally recognized research, teaching, and clinical program at Oregon’s Health and Science University, where her team worked to advance health promotion of individuals with disabilities.

• Dr. Krahn later served as a Division Director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she directed a program to address health disparities and improve health and quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

• Later, she worked at Oregon State University, where she served as the Endowed Chair in Family Policy and the Director of External Relations and Economic Development in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Her work enhanced collaboration between public health and industry sectors to promote health for people of all ability levels.

• Currently, Dr. Krahn is a Disability Research Consultant and serves as a Co-Principal Investigator on Nisonger’s own Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) project, which aims to: (1) improve self-report measures of health and well-being for adults with intellectual disability; (2) learn more about the prevalence of mental health conditions in adults with ID; and (3) improve mental health services and supports for adults with ID. Learn more about Nisonger’s RRTC:

Thank you, Dr. Krahn, for your instrumental and inspirational leadership in disability education, research, and advocacy!