Faculty and Staff

Paul Wehman

Dr. Paul Wehman, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

pwehman@vcu.org

Dr. Wehman has been a Professor of Physical Medicine with joint appointments in the Departments of Rehabilitation Counseling and Special Education / Disability Policy at VCU for over 30 years. He serves as Chairman for the Division of Rehabilitation Research in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and has managed NIDILRR funded RRTCs and DRRPs. He was one of the pioneers in the development of supported employment in the early 1980s and has published over 200 articles and authored/edited 40 books and has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation,(JVR) since 1991. Dr. Wehman has three adult children with disabilities to include congenital heart disease, severe rheumatoid arthritis and ADHD/LD and brings a strong parental perspective to the project. He has been recognized as one of the 50 most influential people in special education for the millennium and on a daily basis works with PWD, communicates regularly with VA DARS and other VR Directors, policy makers, and professionals related to disability and diversity. Dr. Wehman is active in teaching and mentoring undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.

Valerie Brooke

Valerie Brooke, M.Ed.

Co-Principal Investigator

vbrooke@vcu.edu

Project Director vbrooke@vcu.edu Valerie Brooke, M.Ed., has been with VCU since 1979 earning a M.Ed. in Special Education with an emphasis on employment for people with disabilities. She was one of the original job coaches, has served as the Center's Director of Training for over 20 years, has served as Project Director of multiple Federal grant, and in the last several years has managed a medium sized CARF accredited employment services program as an employment vendor with VA DARS. In these capacities she has gained close working relationships with VR counselors/manager and community businesses both through the vendorship and as a Board member of the Virginia Business Leadership Network. Ms. Brooke has served on the editorial board for JVR since 2000 and is interested in all issues and concerns which impacts the employment rate and advancement of people with disabilities.

Katherine Inge

Dr. Katherine Inge, Ph.D., OT.R.

Director of Research

kinge@vcu.edu

Dr. Inge has been with VCU-RRTC since 1982 and holds degrees in occupational therapy, and special education. She has co-authored books, book chapters, journal articles, newsletters, and produced numerous other training materials on employment for individuals with disabilities. She has been the Director of Instructional Technology at VCU for over 15 years and has served as PI or Project Director for projects on employment including DRRP on Customized Employment of Individuals with Disabilities, START-UP-USA, DOL ODEP; the Region III Community Rehabilitation Providers continuing education program (CRP-RCEP), RSA; Training And Technical Assistance For Providers (T-TAP), DOL ODEP; TechLink, an online project offering course work on transition and employment US Dept of Education; Project Access for people with physical disabilities, RSA; and other transition-age youth demonstration projects.

Jennifer Todd McDonough

Jennifer Todd McDonough, M.S.,

Director of Training

jltodd@vcu.edu

Jennifer Todd McDonough has been a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and working in the field of employment for people with disabilities for over 10 years. She earned her M.S. from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University in Rehabilitation Counseling. Ms. McDonough is the Associate Director of Training at VCU-RRTC. She is also the Project Coordinator for the Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders DRRP. Additionally, Ms. McDonough provides technical assistance and disseminates resources nationally to individuals interested in pursuing self-employment. Ms. McDonough is a national expert on Social Security Disability Benefits and Work Incentives. Throughout her career with VCU-RRTC, Ms. McDonough has worked directly with individuals with disabilities assisting them in locating employment and determining accommodation needs.