Dr. Paul Wehman, Ph.D.
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.
Judy Averill, M.Ed.
Judy Averill has been a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University for over 15 years and has more than 30 years of experience in supporting youth and other stakeholders in the transition to employment, postsecondary education, and community participation. She has collaborated on various research and demonstration projects and has developed pre-employment transition curriculum and training to VR counselors on best practices in working with students with significant disabilities. Ms. Averill is the study lead for Effects of Knowledge Translation Methods on VR Counselors Providing Pre-ETS to Youth with Significant Disabilities 14-16 Years of Age: A Pilot RCT.
Jaclyn Camden, M.Ed.
Jaclyn Camden is a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University and has been supporting individuals with disabilities in a variety of capacities for over 10 years. She has experience with research and demonstration projects that look at planning for and supporting employment for individuals with disabilities in K-12, postsecondary education, and in the community. She serves as the career coordinator for VCU's postsecondary education program for students with I/DD: ACE-IT in College. Ms. Camden is the study lead for Effects of Trained Personnel Providing Employment Supports in Higher Education on the Employment Experiences of College Students with I/DD: A Quasi-Experimental Study.
Christine Groah, M.Ed.
Director of Knowledge Translation
Christine Groah has been a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University for 15 years and has over 25 years of experience in the areas of employment, community integration, supported education, and case management with individuals with ID/DD, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and physical disabilities. She has co-authored book chapters, journal articles, newsletters, and produced numerous other training materials on employment for individuals with disabilities. Ms. Groah assists all six research teams to ensure that the Center infuses new knowledge into dissemination, training, and technical assistance activities.
Shannon McManus Jones, M.Ed.
Director of Instructional Technology
Shannon McManus Jones has been a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University for 20 years. She has extensive experience in the development and design of accessible online courses, information, and publications. Ms. Jones is responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of all products including designing accessible web based materials, videos, and the online course.
Kelly Ligon, M.Ed.
Kelly Ligon has been a Virginia Commonwealth University faculty member since 2000. She has provided training and technical assistance, scholarship, research, and demonstration in the field of special education at the local, state and national level. Since 2014, she has had primary responsibility for designing and implementing the Start on Success (SOS) program in Virginia, and providing training and technical assistance to ensure program sustainability and expansion of SOS within school divisions across the state. She co authored a replication guide for SOS that can be used by school divisions interested in starting this school-to-work program. Kelly is the study lead for Effects of Paid Internships on Competitive Integrated Employment/Postsecondary Education Outcomes for At-Risk YWD Earning a Regular Diploma: A Randomized Control Trial.