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Gloria Lee

  Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education
 Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
 459 Erickson
Gloria Lee is a professor of rehabilitation counseling and the director of the Master of Arts in the Rehabilitation Counseling program. She is the director of the research lab, LIFE (Lifting Individuals and Families through Empowerment) research lab: Her research interests focus on psychosocial adjustment of caregivers and individuals with disabilities, as well as vocational issues among people with disabilities. Lee is interested in the specific psychosocial factors that affect the health and mental health of caregivers and individuals with disabilities, particularly those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), as well as chronic illnesses (e.g., traumatic brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries). Specific research areas of interest include understanding personal stressors, environmental stressors and unmet service needs, as well as providing strategies to alleviate such stressors using family intervention and emotional regulation strategies for these caregivers and individuals with disabilities. Lee is also interested in vocational issues among adolescents and college students with ASD and mental illnesses, particularly in the areas of career development, career decision-making, career self-efficacy, as well as barriers and supports to effective education/employment pursuits. She has published over 80 articles and book chapters, as well as disseminated over 60 professional conference presentations in the areas of psychosocial adjustment and vocational rehabilitation. Lee has been a principal investigator or co-investigator of various federal and state research grants. She is the representative of Region 5 for the National Council on Rehabilitation Education. She is a three-time recipient of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) research award.

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