Anjali Forber-Pratt, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Human and Organizational Development

Anjali J. Forber-Pratt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Human and Organizational Development with secondary appointments in the Department of Special Education and Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is also a member of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development. Her research agenda focuses on issues of disability identity development, inclusion and social-emotional learning. Dr. Forber-Pratt has been the external evaluator for the programs and services within the National Paralysis Resource Center at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation since September 2016. Dr. Forber-Pratt presents regularly at state, national, and international conferences and is author on 28 peer-reviewed journal articles and 12 book chapters. As a wheelchair-user herself for over 30 years, and a two-time Paralympian and medalist, Dr. Forber-Pratt is also nationally and internationally recognized as a disability leader and mentor. She has been actively involved to help create inclusive sport opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) has also recognized her leadership abilities by awarding her the prestigious 2013 Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award, given to emerging leaders within the national disability community. She was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change in 2013. The American Psychological Association along with Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) recognized Dr. Forber-Pratt for the inaugural Citizen Psychologist Award for Advancing Disability as a Human Rights and Social Justice Issue Award in 2020