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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


Tim Tansey, Ph.D.
Professor and Principal Investigator


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


David Rosenthal, Ph.D., CRC


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


Jina Chun, Ph.D., CRC
Assistant Professor


Stacie Castillo
Financial Specialist and Project Manager


Emily A. Brinck , Ph.D.

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  • Dr. Emre Umucu, PhD, LPC, CRC
    Assistant Professor
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  • Beatrice Lee, Ph.D., CRC, LPC (WI)
    Co-Principal Investigator and Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling
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  • Dr. Cassandra Sligh-Conway, Ph.D., CRC, QMHP, QDDP
    Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling Program
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    Health Ministry of the Seventh Episcopal District of the AME Church
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  • Ms. Nicolette M. Houston
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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
    Department of Kinesiology & Community Health
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University of Kentucky
  • Phil Rumrill, Ph.D., CRC
    Director, Training and Research
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  • Christina Bard, MRC, CRC
    Director, Community Education
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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
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