Washington, DC—Today, Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) presented its 2015 Advocacy/Clinical Excellence Award in the Psychologist category to Jeri Muse, Ph.D., D.A.A.P.M, during Paralyzed Veterans Summit 2015 and Expo in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Muse is a clinical psychologist in the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Unit at the VA San Diego Healthcare System, and also maintains a private practice.
In her acceptance remarks, Dr. Muse said, “It’s a privilege and honor to receive this award. Thank you to Paralyzed Veterans of America for the recognition. I want to recognize the people I serve every day. You teach me courage, strength, resilience and hope. It’s a privilege to be invited into someone’s life as they navigate the journey back to wellness.”
Paralyzed Veterans’ annual Advocacy/Clinical Excellence Awards are given in the following categories: (1) physician, (2) registered nurse, (3) social worker, (4) psychologist, and (5) therapist (physical, occupational, kinesiology, or recreational). Recipients are nationally recognized in their professions, having demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in/or advocacy for care of persons with spinal cord injury/dysfunction (SCI/D) and multiple sclerosis (MS).
“We’re proud to recognize Dr. Muse for the outstanding work she has done caring for our veterans,” Lana McKenzie, associate executive director of medical services and health policy for Paralyzed Veterans of America, and Chairman of the Paralyzed Veterans Summit Task Force. “She represents the highest standard of care in mental health and wellness that all of our nation’s veterans deserve.”
Muse has worked at the VA San Diego Healthcare Systems SCI unit for more than 15 years and has served in a variety of leadership positions. Mostly recently, she was appointed to the VA’s National Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee, and chairs the VA San Diego Healthcare System’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Work Group. She is also a proud member of the PVA Summit Conference Committee. Her clinical interests include fostering resiliency following catastrophic injury/illness, enhancing life satisfaction and wellness behaviors, and addressing health disparities in underserved populations while improving health care delivery. Muse is also President of the Greater San Diego Business Association.
Prior to becoming a psychologist, Muse received a Master’s Degree in Applied Exercise Physiology from San Diego State University and spent five years as a director of hospital-based wellness programs. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1999, with a specialty in Health Psychology, from the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego. She holds a diploma in pain management from the American Academy of Pain Management.
Paralyzed Veterans’ Summit is an intensive, three-day learning and sharing experience that provides the most up-to-date and vital information, state of the art research and emerging science, which can be put to immediate use in caring for individuals with SCI/D, MS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Attendees representing multiple disciplines from the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as private health care institutions, come together to network, collaborate and share knowledge. Summit 2015 will present more than 73 plenary and break-out sessions, with up to 23.5 continuing education credits available. This year Paralyzed Veterans will host more than 700 attendees at its annual Summit.
The Expo will be open to attendees September 1 and 2 and will feature the latest in technology, medical devices and supplies, and other equipment to assist individuals living with spinal cord injury or disease, MS, ALS and TBI live life to its fullest.
For more information about Summit 2015, please visit www.summitpva.org
Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, we have ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.
As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. (www.pva.org)