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Vicki Chang
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Vicki Chang

Research Associate
Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability

Overview

Vicki Chang joined the Yang-Tan Institute as a Research Associate providing research support. Vicki is a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC). She also has over five years of experience in research and supporting people with disabilities. She is a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, Pennsylvania State University, has an M.A. in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, University of Iowa and a B.A. in Psychology, University of Iowa. Vicki has developed two research tracks. The first track emphasizes mixed-methods research methodology and program evaluation, and the second track of research emphasizes disability education. Her research interests aim to promote awareness of disability culture, improve rehabilitation services and education, employment for people with disability, and to link research findings to counseling practices.

Teaching Statement

My inspiration to teach is based on the belief that education is a way to reduce the knowledge gap and further lead to better equality in society. Teaching can prepare students with the knowledge and skills for the real world as they increase their awareness of individual differences and social responsibilities. I incorporate scaffolding in a classroom and include hand-on or service-learning projects, so students have the opportunity to discover the needs of the community and the importance of the work in the counseling profession. For example, rehabilitation counseling students are encouraged to learn assistive technologies in addition to counseling skills, so they can better provide support to people with disabilities.
Students are also encouraged to participate in community meetings where they can learn how the real world operates.

Students’ learning is facilitated through reading, review of literature, class discussion, case presentation, group activities, and community participation, as well as other hands-on projects, such as shadowing or interviewing a helping professional. Many topics of counseling are sensitive to individuals, especially when self-disclosures are encouraged, thus I create a learning environment that is safe for people to share and communicate openly and respectfully. For example, at the beginning of each class, students will establish ground rules for the classroom, discuss and examine the meaning of respect for diversity.

Research Statement

Specialization: Program evaluation in mental health and rehabilitation counseling, and counselor education, Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research

Publications

Journal Articles

    Book Chapters

    • Hannah H Rudstam, Vicki Chang, Hassan Enayati. 2019. Mental Illness and Employment: Understanding a Major Disability Population in the U.S. Workforce. in Employment and Disability: Issues, Innovations, and Opportunities. Labor Industrial Relations Research Association, 2019. Susanne Bruyere. (Working Paper)
    • Hannah H Rudstam, Vicki Chang, Hassan Enayati. 2019. Mental Illness and Employment: Understanding a Major Disability Population in the U.S. Workforce. in Employment and Disability: Issues, Innovations, and Opportunities. Labor Industrial Relations Research Association, 2019. Susanne Bruyere. (Working Paper)

    Contact

    Dolgen Hall, Room 303