Catherine Siengsukon, PT, Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2014 Rising Star Award given by the Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
The Rising Star Award is given each year to recognize and promote the accomplishments of women faculty and non-faculty members that otherwise might go unnoticed or overlooked. The award is open to all women faculty or non-faculty members at the level of assistant professor of the equivalent. Siengsukon was nominated by Lisa Stehno-Bittel, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science.
"I really value the work WIMS has done and continues to do at KU Medical Center to advance women in medicine and science," said Siengsukon, who will receive the award at the WIMS annual dinner Aug. 21 at the Intercontinental Hotel. "I am honored to be recognized to receive this award and am excited to begin my term as the School of Health Professions representative to the WIMS Executive Council."
Siengsukon earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Rockhurst University before receiving her doctorate in rehabilitation science from KU in 2008. She teaches neuroscience in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
In 2013, Siengsukon received a one-year grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to assess the impact of aerobic exercise on the sleep quality and cognitive function people with multiple sclerosis.