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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.


John Kosciulek
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
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
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
Michael Leahy is a University Distinguished 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 175 refereed 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.
Gloria Lee
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Gloria Lee’s research focuses on psychosocial adjustment of people with disabilities and their caregivers, and vocational issues and rehabilitation of people with disabilities. She is investigating risk and resiliency factors associated with the psychosocial adjustment of people with chronic illnesses and chronic pain. She is also studying factors affecting the psychosocial adjustment of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and the vocational challenges and needs of transition-age and college-aged students with ASD.
Connie Sung
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Connie Sung is an assistant professor of rehabilitation counseling. Her educational background includes rehabilitation counseling psychology, neuropsychology and occupational science. Her research focuses on vocational rehabilitation, psychosocial adjustment and evidence-based practice for individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities. She is interested in examining biopsychosocial factors associated with successful transition, psychosocial and employment outcomes as well as quality of life of individuals with autism and/or epilepsy. Dr. Sung is a Mary Switzer Research Fellow awarded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). She is a principal investigator of several community-oriented research projects. Her recent work includes evaluation of intervention strategies to improve career development and employment outcomes of transition-aged individuals with autism and epilepsy, and also cross-cultural investigation of determinants to enhance community participation of the population.

Research Associates - Project Excellence


Ifeoma C. Iyioke

Ph.D. Michigan State University


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


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

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

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

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

Geraldine Leader, Ph.D
Interest areas: Autism and other neurodevelopment disabilities, and applied behavior analysis (ABA)

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

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

Duncan Wyeth
Interest areas: independent living, athletics