About Dr. Krause
James S. Krause, PhD, is the Director of Longevity after Injury Project, which encompasses several longitudinal projects with the ultimate goal of improving health, quality of life, and longevity after injury. This program of research has its roots in Dr. Krause's own experience with disability. On July 21, 1971, at the age of 16, he dove into shallow water resulting in a neurologically complete (C4) spinal cord injury (SCI). Out of gratitude for the outstanding help he received, he decided to dedicate his life to research helping others with SCI and other disabling conditions. He completed his GED and began evening classes in 1974 while living in a nursing home. He enrolled full-time at the University of Minnesota in 1975 and graduated summa cum laude in 1980, eventually receiving his doctorate in 1990 in counseling psychology from the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Krause began working as a rehabilitation psychologist at the Shepherd center in 1989. He moved to the Medical University of South Carolina in 2002 where he currently serves as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Health Professions. He has received several national awards, including the Medtronic National Courage Award. This award was never previously given to someone in biomedical or rehabilitation research. Prior recipients of the award include two United States senators (Bob Dole and Max Cleland), former Attorney General (Janet Reno), and several advocates who were instrumental in the independent living movement.