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Project Partners


The Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Quality Employment (VRTAC-QE) is a collaboration between the following partners.

Our partners are national leaders in research and training with a wide range of collective experience in identifying and sharing innovative employment practices for people with disabilities.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Quality Employment (VRTAC-QE) is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration (CFDA H264-K200003)

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Tim Tansey, Ph.D.
Professor and Principal Investigator

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Malachy Bishop, Ph.D., CRC
Norman L. and Barbara M. Berven Professor of Rehabilitation Psychology and Co-Investigator

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David Rosenthal, Ph.D., CRC
Professor

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Fong Chan, Ph.D., CRC
Professor and Department Chair

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Jina Chun, Ph.D., CRC
Assistant Professor

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Stacie Castillo
Financial Specialist and Project Manager

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Emily A. Brinck , Ph.D.
Researcher

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    Director of Development
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    Workforce Coordinator
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    Employment Coordinator
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Florida Atlantic University (FAU)
  • Michael Frain, Ph.D.
    Professor
    Department of Counselor Education
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Iowa Wesleyan University
  • Jeffrey Meyer, MLS, MA
    E-Resources and Instruction Librarian
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South Carolina State University (SCSU)
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Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute (SVRI) - UW Stout
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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • David Strauser, Ph.D., CRC
    Professor Department of Kinesiology and Community Health in Rehabilitation Psychology
  • John F. Kosciulek, PhD
    Professor
    Department of Kinesiology & Community Health
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University of Kentucky
  • Phil Rumrill, Ph.D., CRC
    Director, Training and Research
    Human Development Institute
  • Christina Bard, MRC, CRC
    Director, Community Education
    Human Development Institute
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University of Texas at El Paso
  • Dr. Emre Umucu, PhD, LPC, CRC
    Assistant Professor
    Director of the Veteran VVellBeing Lab
  • Beatrice Lee, Ph.D., CRC, LPC (WI)
    Co-Principal Investigator and Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling
    Director of Neurological Disorders and Stress Management Lab
  • Veronica Estala-Gutierrez
    Co-Principal Investigator and Lecturer in Rehabilitation Counseling
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
  • Alissa Brooke, M.S., C.R.C., PBSF
    Director of Employment Research Training
  • Vicki Brooke, M. Ed.
    Dir. of Training for VCU ACE, Dir. of Business Connections, & Dir. of RRTC on Employer Practices for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Katherine Inge, Ph.D., O.T.R.
    Director of the RRTC on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities, Director of Instructional Technology
  • Kanako Iwanaga, Ph.D., CRC, LPC
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Rehabilitation Counseling
    College of Health Professions
  • Jennifer Todd McDonough, M.S., C.R.C.
    Project Director
    Associate Director of Training
    Virginia Project SEARCH Statewide Coordinator
    VCU-RRTC
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    Co-Founder & CEO
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