Anjali J. Forber-Pratt, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor at the Department of Human & Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University. She is also a member of Vanderbilt’s Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development. Her research agenda adopts a social- ecological framework and looks at issues surrounding identity, equity and empowerment for individuals who are different in some way, with a large focus on disability. Dr. Forber-Pratt has a strong background in qualitative methodology. Her work cuts across education (elementary, secondary, postsecondary), sports, work, and community contexts. Dr. Forber-Pratt presents regularly at state, national, and international conferences. The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) has recognized her leadership abilities by awarding her the prestigious 2013 Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award, given to emerging leaders within the national disability community. Dr.Forber-Pratt has appeared on several television programs and radio shows, including: NPR; The Stream; and Sesame Street; and has been quoted in the national print press, including The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Huffington Post, USA Today, and Runner’s World. She was honored by The White House as a Champion of Change in 2013 and had an opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion with President Obama about disability policy issues.