Margaret Nosek, PhD biography

Margaret (Peg) A. Nosek received a PhD in Rehabilitation and a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Masters of Arts in Music from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Nosek is currently a professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Nosek is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD). The Center has conducted research studies on wellness and health, health promotion, sexuality, independent living, and access to health care for women with disabilities. Some recent research projects include: violence against women with disabilities; a research and demonstration program focused on reducing risk factors of abuse among low income minority women with disabilities; health promotion for women with physical disabilities; and aging and self-esteem for women with disabilities. The most recent CROWD grant awards research the impact of secondary conditions on women with physical disabilities, and intervention studies on stress management and depression on women with physical disabilities. As a person with a severe physical disability, she has been both a pioneer and an activist in the disability right movement, including vigorously supporting passage of the ADA. The President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities has honored her as a "Disability Patriot."