The Corinne Kirchner Research Award honors individuals whose leadership and dedication illuminate the most pressing needs of people with vision loss through timely, innovative, and authoritative research.
Established by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) in 2007, the Corinne Kirchner Research Award was so named to honor of AFB's longtime staff member, Corinne Kirchner, Ph.D., a national leader of demographic, evaluation, and other research in the blindness field during her tenure at AFB. Her work addressed education, employment, health, "livable communities," computer usage, and the area for which she is perhaps best known: the demographics of vision loss. Dr. Kirchner’s groundbreaking research set the benchmark against which much of the subsequent research in the field has been compared.
Past recipients of the Corinne Kirchner Research Award include Dr. Kirchner herself (2007) and:
- Institute of Movement Studies for Individuals with Visual Impairments (IMSVI), SUNY Brockport (2020)
- Michele C. McDonnall, Ph.D. (2019)
- Envision Research Institute (2018)
- John E. Crews, D.P.A. (2015)
- Jane N. Erin, Ph.D. (2014)
- Duane R. Geruschat, Ph.D. (2012)
- Kay Alicyn Ferrell, Ph.D. (2009)
A Call for Nominations has been issued for future recipients of the award.
For more information, please contact:
Rebecca Burrichter, Senior Editor–JVIB