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Program Faculty

 

The Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies' faculty members have diverse professional experiences and interests in rehabilitation, and each is a distinguished member of the rehabilitation counseling profession. By design, the faculty to student ratio is low. Faculty members are accessible, and there is extensive interaction between individual faculty members and students.

Faculty

Rhonda Egidio
Ph.D. Michigan State University
egidio@msu.edu
Rhonda Egidio was a professor emeritus of education who developed U.S.-based and international programs that used the advantages of technology for evolving forms of learning. She partnered with business,government and education to create virtual environments that fuse work and learning. Her interests focused on innovative and integrated forms of learning for a new digital economy. Her projects had included developing and directing education reform projects in Pakistan and Egypt; digitally connecting classrooms of 11th graders in Algeria with students in the U.S. to share cultural information; designing and conducting professional development for Lebanese educators to learn to use technology in their classrooms, with particular focus on gender issues; designing innovative, student-centered online course environments; and working with Michigan Rehabilitation Services to create their e-learning and knowledge management system. She was Director of the HREAC (Rehabilitation Education And Change) Program).
John Kosciulek
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
jkosciul@msu.edu
John Kosciulek is a professor of rehabilitation counseling whose experience involves clinical rehabilitation counseling practice, rehabilitation counselor education, and public education and advocacy regarding brain injury rehabilitation. His research focuses on research ethics, research methodology, consumer direction in disability policy development and rehabilitation service delivery, rehabilitation and disability theory development, research methodology, vocational rehabilitation, and school-to-career transition of students with and without disabilities. He also has an extensive program of research in the area of family adaptation to having a member with a brain injury.
Hung Jen Kuo
Ph.D., Michigan State University
kuohungj@msu.edu
Hung Jen Kuo is an assistant professor of rehabilitation counseling. His educational background includes rehabilitation counseling and psychology. His research interests include evidence-based practice, rehabilitation interventions for individuals with intellectual and cognitive disabilities, and accommodation and assistive technology.
Michael Leahy
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
leahym@msu.edu
Michael Leahy is a professor of rehabilitation counseling and director of the Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. His continuing research interests include professional competency development and education, professionalization, regulation of practice, vocational assessment, disability and rehabilitation policy, case management practices, outcomes and evidenced-based practices in rehabilitation counseling. Dr. Leahy is a Past-President of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education, a Past Chair of the Alliance for Rehabilitation Counseling, and a Past-President of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA). He has published more than 150 referred journal articles, books, book chapters, and research monographs, and presented his research to a variety of rehabilitation and business audiences, including international presentations. He has also acted as the principal investigator and managed nearly 30 large-scale research, training and service delivery grant projects at the state, national and international levels, and has been the recipient of over 20 national research, teaching and service awards during his career.
Connie Sung
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
csung@msu.edu
Connie Sung is an assistant professor of rehabilitation counseling. Her educational background includes rehabilitation counseling/psychology, neuropsychology, and occupational science. Her research focuses on evidence-based practice, psychosocial adjustment, vocational rehabilitation and quality of life of individuals with neurological disabilities, and multiculturalism.

Research Associates - Project Excellence

 

Ifeoma C. Iyioke

Ph.D. Michigan State University
ibemesii@msu.edu

 

Ifeoma Chika Iyioke is a Research Associate of Project Excellence, a program evaluation initiative of Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS). She has a strong training in statistics and measurement with specialized focus on their application to program evaluation. Her research interests include practical testing problem areas of standard setting, test validity and reliability, computerized adaptive testing (CAT), preventing and detecting cheating, and equating. For her dissertation she conceptualized, designed, and evaluated a training program on standard setting for teachers in the K-12 public school accountability context.

 

Sukyeong Pi

Ph.D. Michigan State University
supi@msu.edu

 

Sukyeong Pi is the project director of Project Excellence. Prior to joining ORDS, she worked as a Research Associate in the Employment and Disability Institute at Cornell University and the Department of Epidemiology at Michigan State University. Her research pursuits include program evaluation, employment outcomes of people with disabilities, transition for youth with disabilities, rehabilitation issues for people with developmental disabilities, and psychosocial aspects of disabilities.

 

Research Associates - Hegarty Fellows

 

June Chen

Ph.D. East China Normal University
junechen@msu.edu

Lianjun (June) Chen is a Hegarty Fellow in the MSU-DOCTRID program. Her educational background includes special education, laws and policies in special education, and psycho-counseling. Her primary research interest is the development and sustainment of community-based services for supporting people with neurological disabilities to improve their quality of life. June started working for people with disabilities in different settings since 2005. She was closely involved in several community-based projects funded by local government in Shanghai China, to promote social inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities. As a Hegarty fellow, June is under the mentorship of both Dr. Connie Sung from Michigan State University and Dr. Geraldine Leader from National University of Ireland, Galway. Now she is working on several projects under the cross-cultural perspective.


Clifford Stacy Anne Clifford

Ph.D. Vanderbilt University
cliffosa@msu.edu

Stacy Clifford is a Hegarty Fellow in the MSU-DOCTRID program whose educational background bridges political science and disability studies. Her primary research interest is the development of normative theories that increase the community inclusion and political empowerment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Areas of research include deliberative democratic theory, feminist care ethics, critical disability studies, liberal theories of justice, and qualitative research methods. Her publications appear in Contemporary Political Theory and Disability Studies Quarterly.


Carolyn Shivers

Ph.D. Vanderbuilt University
shivercm@msu.edu

Carolyn Shivers is a Hegarty Fellow in the MSU-DOCTRID program. Her background includes direct care service for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as education in developmental psychology and quantitative methods. Her past research experience includes physical and psychological development in individuals with genetic disorders and life course outcomes among siblings of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Current research interests focus on processes among families of individuals with IDD and mutually-beneficial interventions for siblings and children with IDD.


 

 

Affiliated/Adjunct Faculty and Instructors

 

David Campbell, MA, CRC

Interest areas: private sector rehabilitation, workers compensation, disability management, school to work transition

Richard Coelho, Ph.D., L.P.C., C.R.C.
Interest areas: applied methodology research, program evaluation, aging, mental health, developmental disabilities

Robert Fabiano, Ph.D., C.R.C., Licensed Psychologist
Interest areas: traumatic brain injury, neuropsychology, and vocational assessment.

Steven Geiger, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Interest areas: substance abuse and psychological assessment.

Robert McConnell, D.P.A.
Interest areas: multicultural counseling and diversity issues, organizational theory, and administration.

Andrew Nay, PhD, CRC

Interest areas: counseling ethics, forensic rehabilitation, rehabilitation outcomes

Tawa Sina, Ph.D.
Interest areas: multicultural counseling, counseling supervision

Virginia Thielsen, Ph.D., CRC
Interest areas: Clinical supervision, program evaluation quality assurance and rehabilitation research

John Victory, M.Ed.
Interest areas: independent living, assistive technology, strategic planning, and leadership development.

Duncan Wyeth
Interest areas: independent living, athletics