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University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison)

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University of Wisconsin-Madison has resources consistent with their U.S. News rankings as 1) 8th best public universities, 2) 8th best School of Education among public and private universities and 3) #1 rehabilitation counseling program. The Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education is currently the home of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Effective Vocational Rehabilitation Service Delivery Practices (EBP-VR-RRTC), a five-year project funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to conduct programmatic research and to translate new knowledge and provide training and technical assistance to public and non-profit organizations to incorporate theory-driven, culturally-sensitive, evidence-based practices into VR services provided to people with significant disabilities. Dr. Fong Chan and Dr. Brian Phillips will lead the research team on Study Four, Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Multi-Component Demand-Side Intervention Toolkit for VR Professionals to Improve Employment Outcomes of People with Physical Disabilities: A Randomized Controlled Trial Study.

Documentary Films

The Forerunners, a documentary film produced by Sean Jourdan, Fong Chan, Elizabeth Cardoso, and Patrick Maher, touches upon the lives of individuals with disabilities who work in technology-based fields, encouraging students with disabilities to pursue knowledge in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines, while emphasizing the inherent strengths related to those disabilities that can translate to valuable skills in the professional work. The Forerunners was funded with a grant from the Minority-Disability (MIND) Alliance in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine at Hunter College - City University of New York. View the video The Forerunners - STEM Success among Students with Disabilities.

The ADAAA and the ADA Job Accommodations videos are produced by Brian T. McMahon, Fong Chan, Sean Jourdan, and Cayte Anderson with support from a Wisconsin Medicare Infrastructure (MIG) grant. These videos are based on a decade of research documenting the most common objections of employers to the employment of Americans with disabilities. Dr. McMahon (screenplay and narrator), a national expert in ADA, presents hard facts that counter each employer objection. The results provide employers with the information in terms of how to comply with ADA or the ADA Amendments Act, but also how to go beyond compliance and reap the economic and public relations rewards that result from employing Americans with disabilities. In a common sense business approach, the videos lay out the "business case" for joining the burgeoning community of American businesses who have benefited from moving beyond basic compliance. This is not an educational video, but a "business to business" guide of how to benefit from the real facts regarding disability and employment. This is a two part, professionally produced and award winning presentation of the "how and "why" of utilizing this significant labor market resource.

Video 1 - Facts Are Stubborn Things: Employment and Disability for a New Century


Video 2 - Facts Are Stubborn Things: Litigation, Accommodation, and Innovation In Employing Americans with Disabilities

Study Team Members

Fong ChanFong Chan, PhD, CRC 
Co-Director, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor and Director of Clinical Training (PhD Program) at UW-Madison

Curriculum Vitae

Fong Chan, PhD, CRC, is a professor and director of clinical training (PhD Program) in the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, he serves as the co-director of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Effective Vocational Rehabilitation Service Delivery Practices. Dr. Chan is a licensed psychologist, a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, and a National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Distinguished Research Fellow.

Dr. Chan has more than 28 years of experience conducting rehabilitation health research in the topical areas of psychosocial aspects of disability, TBI rehabilitation, multicultural counseling, employer practices, evidence-based practice, outcome measurements, and program evaluation. He has published more than 250 refereed journal articles and book chapters. He is also the editor of three textbooks, Case Management for Rehabilitation Health Professionals, Counseling Theories and Techniques for Rehabilitation Health Professionals, and Understanding Psychosocial Adjustment to Chronic Illness and Disability: A Handbook for Evidence-Based Practitioners in Rehabilitation.

Brian PhillipsBrian Phillips, Ph.D., CRC

Brian Phillips, PhD, CRC, is an assistant professor and undergraduate coordinator of the rehabilitation psychology program in the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Phillips is in his third year as an assistant professor after receiving his doctoral degree from Michigan State University's Rehabilitation Counselor Education program. He has published multiple refereed journal articles related to positive psychology, work-related social skills, and professional issues in rehabilitation counseling. He has also presented at several national and local professional conferences.

Timothy TanseyTimothy Tansey, Ph.D.

Dr. Tansey received his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001. He is an assistant professor in the Rehabilitation Psychology program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Tansey has over 15 years experience as a rehabilitation counselor and rehabilitation researcher. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles in the areas of vocational rehabilitation of veterans with disabilities, self-regulation, stress adaptation, and applying novel technology in vocational rehabilitation and rehabilitation counselor education. Dr. Tansey has extensive experience in adapting technology and utilizing social media for knowledge translation and dissemination activities. He has been awarded several research grants aimed at assessment of self-regulation, factors affecting vocational outcomes of persons with disabilities, and developing leadership skills in persons with disabilities. Dr. Tansey is a co-principal investigator on the Advanced Rehabilitation Research and Training in Traumatic Brain Injury project (2013-2018).