Dr. Tate’s contributions to rehabilitation include participation in executive roles, reviews and leadership positions in federal agencies sponsoring research as well as professional organizations. She is the PI of the University of Michigan Spinal Cord Injury System and Co-Directs the Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training program funded by NIDILRR. Until 2011, she served as the PI for the Medical Rehabilitation Research Training T32 program in PM&R. She received the NICHD MENTOR Award for Excellence as part of her leadership role in the T32 program. She served as a member of the IOM committee on veterans’ medical evaluation and benefits compensation. She was a member of the Governor’s Strategic Task Force for Health Promotion for Persons with Disabilities, State of Michigan.
She has served on the editorial board of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. During this review period, she served as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and as Chair of the AHRQ Healthcare Research and Training Study Section). Tate was also a member of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) Advisory Board until 2013 and as committee member of the Career Awards and Training Grants for the VA Division of R&D in Washington DC. She served as an executive member of the ASIA Board until 2012. She is currently a member of NINDS-NIH CDE Committee for SCI and a member of the Steering Committee of Standard Practice Guidelines for SCI from the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Dr. Tate’s research has focused mostly on spinal cord injury and outcomes based metrics.
She has received a number of awards for her work including the Rubin Lectureship. With her current interests in international research, she now serves in the WHO Task Force for Spinal Cord Injury survey data and is a member of the International Spinal Cord Society and of the Global Reach program at the University of Michigan. Her research projects with Brazil were funded by this program and the Office of the President and focus on the adoption of the international datasets for SCI research and clinical care.