Our Team

Lab Director: Connie Sung, Ph.D., CRC, LLPCconnie

csung@msu.edu or 517-353-1638

Curriculum Vitae

Connie Sung is an assistant professor of rehabilitation counseling and the co-director of Spartan Project SEARCH. Her educational background includes rehabilitation counseling psychology, neuropsychology, and occupational science. Her research interests focus on biopsychosocial factors associated with successful transition, psychosocial and employment outcomes as well as quality of life of individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Dr. Sung is also a Mary Switzer Fellow awarded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). She has published close to 40 refereed journal articles and book chapters. She is a principal investigator of several community-based participatory research projects, includes evaluation of intervention strategies to improve career development and employment outcomes of transition-aged individuals with autism and/or epilepsy. As the co-director of Spartan Project SEARCH, Dr. Sung and her students provide support to students with intellectual/developmental disabilities who participate in internship experiences across MSU campus. She also conducts research to examine the impact of the program on transition outcomes of participating students and campus climate/attitudes toward individuals with disabilities.

Lab Coordinator:
Annemarie Connor, MS, OTR/L


Annemarie Connor is a doctoral student and
research/teaching assistant in Rehabilitation Counselor Education in the Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies at the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education, Michigan State University.  Annemarie is also a licensed occupational therapist with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University, and 15 years of clinical and consultative experience working with individuals with disabilities in school, home, community, inpatient and outpatient settings.  Her research interests include multidisciplinary models of service delivery in Special Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, and community-based settings.  In addition to her work with the ORDS Research Group, Annemarie is a research assistant for Project Excellence, a program evaluation collaboration between Michigan State University and Michigan Rehabilitation Services.

Lab Members: 

Hung Jen Kuo, Ph.D, CRC, LLPC, MCP, MCSA

kuohungj@msu.edu or 517-353-2952

Hung Jen Kuo is an assistant professor of rehabilitation counseling. His educational background includes rehabilitation counseling and psychology. His research interests include evidence-based practice, rehabilitation interventions for individuals with intellectual and cognitive disabilities, and accommodation and assistive technology.

Allison Levine, MS.Ed., CRC


Allison Levine is currently a third year doctoral student in Rehabilitation Counselor Education. She currently serves as a research assistant, and the graduate teaching assistantship coordinator, overseeing teaching assistants in the CEPSE department. Allison attended Hofstra University, where she obtained an MS.Ed in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. She has been a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor since 2012, and has experience working in psychiatric rehabilitation. Allison serves as the Midwest Representative on the board for RCEA. Allison’s research interests include supervision, leadership, and student evaluation in rehabilitation counselor education, as well as professional issues in the discipline of rehabilitation counseling.

Alicia Strain, M.Ed., CRC


Alicia Strain is currently a doctoral student and research assistant in Rehabilitation Counselor Education.  She attended the University of Idaho and obtained a M.Ed. in Human Services and Community Counseling.  She has been a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor since 2010 and has worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor providing services to adults and transition students with their success in employment and independent living.  She also has worked as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist assisting individuals with psychiatric disabilities learn independent living skills.  Her current research interests include evidence-based practice and interventions for successful vocational outcomes for transition youth.

Hung-Ju Kang, Ph.D.


Dr. Hyun-Ju Kang completed her Ph.D. in Special Education in the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in MSU-DOCTRID Hegarty Fellow Program at Michigan State University. She is interested in adolescent transition to adult life, inclusive education, assistive technology, functional life skills, school, family, and community partnerships, and multicultural education. She has nearly 4 years of work experience in the area of disability and transition as a play therapist and teacher. She also has nearly 5 years of research experience in transition and post-school outcomes as a research assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently examining factors associated with parental expectations for their children’s post-school outcomes, especially for student, family, and school factors.

Yurgos Politis, Ph.D.


Dr. Yurgos Politis completed a Physics degree at the University of Athens, qualifying as a Physics teacher. He then undertook a Masters in Education and a PhD in Education in University College Dublin. He is currently a Marie Curie Fellow with the ASSISTID programme, spending two years at Michigan State University and one at University College Dublin. His project, Virtual Learning for people with ASD, will offer training on communication skills through a Virtual World. He will develop an intervention that is personalized according to the needs and preferences of each participant to ease their transition from education to independent life.

Nigel Robb, Ph.D.


Dr. Nigel Robb received his PhD in philosophy from Queen’s University Belfast. He also holds a Master’s degree in software engineering. His research is focused on the effects of video games on learning and cognition, and the application of games as interventions for people with disabilities. He is currently a Marie Curie ASSISTID Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin, and a Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University. He is currently developing an inclusive online multiplayer game for children with intellectual disability, with children participating in the design process.

Alex Ward


Alex Ward is an undergraduate student studying Special Education and minoring in Spanish and TESOL. She hopes that her research will help her in her future career so that she’ll be able to better the lives of others through her work.

Lab Alumni:

June Chen, Ph.D.


Chien-Chun Lin, Ph.D., CRC


Chien-chun Lin obtained her master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Counselor Education from Michigan State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling from National Taiwan Normal University. Her research interests including caregiver’s quality of life, and adults with developmental disabilities.

Boyang Tong, Ph.D.


Boyang Tong completed her doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Counselor Education at Michigan State University. Her educational background includes education and counseling. Her primary research interests are psychosocial adjustment, community integration, and quality of life for individuals with psychiatric disabilities.