Our Collaborators


Project Description: A work-related social skills (soft skills) training program for individuals with neurodevelopment disabilities.

Gloria Lee, PhD, CRC

Michigan State University

Dr. Gloria Lee is an associate professor in rehabilitation counseling in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on psychosocial adjustment of people with disabilities and their caregivers, and vocational issues and rehabilitation of people with disabilities. She is investigating risk and resiliency factors associated with the psychosocial adjustment of people with chronic illnesses and chronic pain. She is also studying factors affecting the psychosocial adjustment of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and the vocational challenges and needs of transition-age and college-aged students with ASD.

Martin Volker, PhD

Michigan State University

Dr. Martin Volker is an associate professor in school psychology in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education at Michigan State University. His research interests include assessment and measurement issues in psychology and education with a focus on two populations: intellectually gifted children and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He has conducted studies examining the psychometric properties of five major behavior rating scales used to screen and diagnose children with ASD. He has also examined the most valid methods for determining the levels of depression and anxiety in children with high-functioning ASD.

Eun-Jeong Lee, PhD, CRC, LCPC

Illinois Institute of Technology

Dr. Eun-Jeong Lee is the division head and associate professor of Counseling and Rehabilitation Science in the Department of Psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology. She has had over 20 years of experience in the area of disability and rehabilitation as a therapist/counselor, researcher and educator. Dr. Lee has a broad and diverse background in rehabilitation counseling psychology, neuropsychology, developmental psychology. Her research focuses on vocational rehabilitation, psychosocial issues facing family and caregivers of people with disability, multicultural issues related to help-seeking behavior, research methodology, and assistive technology for individuals with disabilities. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in related areas.

Nicole Ditchman, PhD, CRC, LCPC

Illinois Institute of Technology

Dr. Nicole Ditchman is an associate professor of rehabilitation and mental health counseling in the Department of Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology. The transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities has been a central focus of her professional and training experiences. Ditchman has pursued professional and research experiences in effort to better understand myriad factors affecting quality of life and successful outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities. She has over twenty peer-reviewed publications.



Project Description: A year-long multi-partner school-to-work transition program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This project is in collaboration with Ingham Intermediate School District, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Community Mental Health, and Peckham Inc.

Marisa Fisher, PhD, BCBA-D

Michigan State University

Dr. Marisa Fisher is an assistant professor of special education, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D) and the co-director of Spartan Project SEARCH. Her research focuses on understanding and decreasing social vulnerability of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and supporting the social acceptance of individuals with IDD in the community. She is specifically interested in measuring the various types of victimization experienced by individuals with IDD and on designing interventions to decrease vulnerability. She has studied victimization in the form of child abuse, bullying, stranger danger, and exploitation across the lifespan. She uses the principles of applied behavior analysis and single subject research methods to design interventions to teach self-protection to individuals with IDD.



Project Description: A work-readiness training program to supports return citizens with criminal record(s). This project is in collaboration with Advocacy, Resources, Reentry, Outreach (ARRO), part of Northwest Initiative in Lansing, MI.

Stacy Hickox, JD

Michigan State University

Prof. Stacy Hickox holds the position of Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources & Labor Relations at Michigan State University.  Stacy’s current research focuses on addressing barriers to employment faced by various groups, including people with disabilities and ex-offenders.  Her latest article focuses specifically on the duty of employers to accommodate employees with psychiatric disabilities. Stacy practiced law in the area of disability law at Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service prior to coming to SHRLR. Ms. Hickox also taught for several years at MSU’s law school, including courses in employment law, civil rights, and disability law.  Stacy received her Bachelor’s degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Angela T. Hall, JD, PhD

Michigan State University

Dr. Angela Hall is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. She received both her JD and PhD in Business Administration (Major: Organizational Behavior/Human Resources Management; Minor: Strategic Management) from Florida State University. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Management/International Business from the Stern School of Business at New York University. Her research interests include accountability and other forms of social influence, employee legal claiming, and barriers to employment. Her research has appeared in such journals as the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Human Relations, Personnel Psychology, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. She has taught a wide variety of courses at the undergraduate, masters, and doctorate levels including business law, organizational behavior, human resources, leadership, and employee training and development. Angela is a frequent instructor for executive education programs, and she has also authored learning modules and cases for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).