Rehabilitation Counseling Faculty

 
 
Rehabilitation Counseling

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David Beach, Ph.D., CRC
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Dr. Beach received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2006, his M.R.C. from the University of Kentucky, and his B.A. from Georgetown College (Ky.). He is currently the executive director of the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Dr. Beach is the former Director of Residential Services, Job Placement and Research at the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center in Thelma, KY. He has been a member of National Rehabilitation Association, National Association of Rehabilitation Leadership and the Kentucky Rehabilitation Association since 1996, currently serving as KRA President, National Association of Rehabilitation Leadership Board Member and National Rehabilitation Association Board Member.

Dr. Beach’s research interests include program evaluation for rehabilitation facilities, behavioral techniques utilized in rehabilitation counseling, rehabilitation continuing professional training, asset accumulation of persons with disabilities, counselor mentoring and rehabilitation leadership.

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Malachy Bishop, Ph.D., CRC
Professor, RC Doctoral Coordinator
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Malachy Bishop, Ph.D. (Rehabilitation Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a professor in the Rehabilitation Counseling program and Coordinator of the Rehabilitation Counseling Doctoral Program. Dr. Bishop’s clinical background includes rehabilitation counseling, rehabilitation psychology and neuropsychology in physical medicine and rehabilitation and other health care settings, and vocational assessment. Dr. Bishop has authored over 75 journal articles and book chapters in health care and rehabilitation counseling. He conducts research in psychosocial and employment-related aspects of chronic neurological conditions, including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and brain injury; quality of life and adaptation to disability; and self-management and treatment decision making. Dr. Bishop is a five-time recipient of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association’s Research Award.

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Ralph M. Crystal, Ph.D., CRC
Wallace Charles Hill Professor of Rehabilitation Education
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Dr. Crystal is the Rehabilitation Counseling Program Coordinator. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Pace University (1970), master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from New York University (1972), and doctoral degree in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1977).After completing his master's degree he worked at a facility serving persons with physical, mental, and learning disabilities with regarding to vocational assessment, vocational counseling, job training, and job placement.  After completing his doctoral degree he was employed at the University of Michigan where he served as research director of a rehabilitation research institute with a focus on the evaluation of public rehabilitation programs.  He was also on the faculty of the rehabilitation counseling program.

In 1981 he was appointed as coordinator of the rehabilitation counseling program at the University of Kentucky and served in that capacity for 24 years.  In 1995 Dr. Crystal was instrumental in establishing a distance education program in partnership with the two state rehabilitation agencies in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  This program has evolved into a nationally recognized web based program.

Dr. Crystal has published in the area of rehabilitation program evaluation, consumer satisfaction, and forensic rehabilitation practice. At present he serves as chair of the College of Education Faculty Council and is Vice Chair of the university Institutional Review Board, which oversees research at the university.  Dr. Crystal also maintains a private rehabilitation practice.

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Sonja Feist-Price, Ph.D., CRC
Professor
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Dr. Feist-Price received her doctorate in rehabilitation counseling and administration from Southern Illinois University in 1992 with a specialization in gerontology. In 2006, Dr. Feist-Price completed a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Feist-Price has worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor serving an injured worker population and individuals with mental illness. Dr. Feist-Price is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Kentucky and Louisiana. Dr. Feist-Price is an HIV prevention researcher, and has presented her findings at numerous national conferences, as well as international conferences in Israel, South Africa, Mexico, Spain, and Thailand. Her research has resulted in her being named 2002 Researcher of the Year by the National Council on Rehabilitation Education.

Presently, Dr. Feist-Price is the Director of Graduate Studies in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program, and Director of African American Studies and Research Program.

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Allison R. Fleming, Ph.D., CRC
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Allison Fleming, PhD, CRC, is an assistant professor of Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Kentucky. She has a BS and an MS in Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Studies from Springfield College, and earned her PhD at Michigan State University. Her professional experience includes work as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the Massachusetts state agency and as a staff trainer with the Region I RCEP where she provided training in several topics relevant to employment services to rehabilitation professionals. Allison has presented research findings at several national conferences on topics such as program evaluation, promising practices within state VR agencies, professional issues, employment and post-secondary outcomes for transition youth, and the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) and quality of life. Her current projects include using the ICF in rehabilitation settings, quality of life, post-secondary and employment outcomes for young adults with disabilities, and practices within the state VR agencies.

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Debra Harley, Ph.D., CRC, LPC
Provost's Distinguished Service Professor
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Dr. Harley received her doctoral degree from Southern Illinois University in 1992. She received her master's and bachelor's degrees from South Carolina State University. Before joining the faculty at the University of Kentucky she taught at Eastern Illinois University. She has worked as a rehabilitation counselor and an employment counselor.

Her research foci include cultural diversity, gender issues, substance abuse, and ethics. Dr. Harley is past editor of the Journal of Rehabilitation Administration and the Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling. She is a Mary E. Switzer Scholar and recipient of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education Educator of the Year award (2006), the Provost's Outstanding Teaching award (2002), and the Sylvia Walker Education Award (2001). Dr. Harley is an inaugural inductee into the South Carolina State University Rehabilitation Counseling Program Hall of Fame.

Dr. Harley is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She served as a commissioner for the Comissioner on Rehabilitation Education Graduate Standards Board. Dr. Harley is affiliated with the Gender and Women's Studies Department, the African American Studies and Research Program, and the Center on Research on Violence Against Women.

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Jackie Rogers, Ph.D., CRC
Clinical Assistant Professor
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Dr. Rogers is the Rehabilitation Counseling Distance Education Program Coordinator. She completed her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2001 and has a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and has over 20 years experience in both public and private rehabilitation agencies providing direct services to individuals with disabilities.

Dr. Rogers is the Co-Principal Investigator for the Master’s training grant for distance education students. Her research interests are in the area of employment of Social Security Disability recipients, job placement of individuals with disabilities, and vocational evaluation.

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Kathy Sheppard-Jones, PhD, CRC
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Kathy Sheppard-Jones, Ph.D. (Educational Psychology, University of Kentucky) is an adjunct assistant professor in the Rehabilitation Counseling program. She is also the training and adult services director at the Human Development Institute, Kentucky’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. In that role, she oversees HDI’s Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities.

She is also responsible for several projects in collaboration with the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Kentucky Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, Kentucky Department of Medicaid, and the Rehabilitation Services Administration. Her research interests include quality of life and consumer satisfaction. Dr Sheppard-Jones has received the AUCD Young Professionals Award for contributions to the field of developmental disability.
 


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