My goal is to build upon my research and clinical experiences to become an independent disability and rehabilitation researcher in New Zealand. To accomplish this, I plan to complete a PhD evaluating the relationship between disability and the psychosocial aspects of traumatic injury. Research suggests that psychosocial factors may contribute to long-term disability following traumatic upper limb injuries by serving as a barrier to rehabilitation and return to functional roles. However, few studies have examined the roles that injury perceptions or anxiety plays in the course of disability throughout the rehabilitation period. The results of this study will assist rehabilitation teams in early identification of those who are at risk for long-term disability.