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Debra Homa

PhD, CRC, CVE, PVE
Rehabilitation and Counseling

Office: 250C Vocational Rehabilitation
Phone: 715/232-1113
Email: homad@uwstout.edu

Education

Professional Credentials

Courses Taught

  • REHAB-310 Vocational Evaluation
  • REHAB-398 Field Experience in Rehabilitation
  • REHAB-402/602 Management of Non-Profit Organizations
  • REHAB-410 Job Placement Processes
  • REHAB-488/688 Developing Collaborative Partnerships
  • REHAB-660 Rehabilitation in the Private Sector
  • REHAB-701 Foundations of Rehabilitation
  • REHAB-717 Occupational Analysis and Job Placement
  • REHAB-723 Procedures of Vocational Evaluation
  • REHAB-714 Aspects of Disabilities - Cognitive 
  • REHAB-752 Group Work in Rehabilitation 
  • REHAB-787 Internship in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • REHAB-708 Practicum in Rehabilitation Counseling

Professional Interests

  • Rehabilitation outcomes, with focus on employment outcomes
  • The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)
  • Vocational evaluation and assessment
  • Job placement
  • Psychosocial aspects of disability
  • Vocational rehabilitation issues for persons with psychiatric disabilities

Professional Organizations

Recent Scholarly Presentations

  • Fried, J.H., Tidwell, P., Homa, D., & Zimmerman, S.L. (2014, November). An Ideal Union:  Job Placement and Vocational Evaluation. Presentation at Annual Training Conference of the National Rehabilitation Association, Des Moines, IA. 
  • Fried, J.H., Homa, D., Zimmerman, S.L., & Tidwell, P. (2012, August).  Vocational Evaluation:  New approaches and current resources. Presentation at Annual Training Conference of the National Rehabilitation Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Betters, C.J., Lui, J., & Homa, D. (2012, April).  Another credential?  The PVE for Vocational Evaluation.  Poster session presented at the Annual Professional Conference of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education, San Francisco, CA. 
  • DeLambo, D.A., Homa, D., & Chandras, S. V (2012, March).  Social media and Facebook:  Functional assessment strategies within the university setting. Poster session presented at the Annual Conference and Exposition of the American Counseling Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Zimmerman, S.L., Fried, J.H., & Homa, D. (2011, October). So you think you know Vocational Evaluation.  Presentation at Annual Training Conference of the National Rehabilitation Association, Salt Lake City, NV.
  • Homa, D. (2011, June).  Vocational Evaluation as a profession:  Where are we now? Presentation  at Summer Training meeting of the Illinois Rehabilitation Association – Northern Chapter, Chicago, IL.
  • Homa, D. (2011, April).  Vocational Evaluation in the 21st century. Presentation at Spring Conference of the Minnesota Rehabilitation Association. Onamia, MN.
  • Homa, D. (2010, October). A Vocational Rehabilitation Core Set for Using the International Classification of Functioning. Presentation at Annual Training Conference of the National Rehabilitation Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Participated as an invited expert in the Consensus Conference to develop ICF Core Sets for Vocational Rehabilitation (May 19-21, 2010) sponsored by the ICF Research Branch at Swiss Paraplegic Research, Nottwil, Switzerland.
  • Homa, D., Schmidt, C.R., & Fried, J.H. (2010, April). Writing for professional publication 101. Presentation at the 14th National Forum of the Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals Association, Midwest City, OK.
  • Fried, J.H., Homa, D., & Zimmerman, S.L. (2010, April). Are we all on the same page?  Clarifying levels of vocational assessment. Presentation at the 14th National Forum of the Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals Association, Midwest City, OK.
  • Fried, J.H., Homa, D., & Zimmerman, S.L. (2009, September). Clarifying levels of vocational assessment to maximize positive client outcomes. Presentation at Annual Training Conference of the National Rehabilitation Association, Louisville, KY. 

 Selected Publications

  • DeLambo, D. A., Homa, D., Peters, R. H., DeLambo, A. M., & Chandras, K. V. (2012). Social media and Facebook use and its accompanying function: Implications for counseling university students. American Counseling Association’s VISTAS 2012 Annual Electronic Monograph. Alexandria, VA. 
  • Homa, D., & DeLambo, D. (2011). Nicotine dependence: Clinical components. In J. F. Stano (Ed.), Substance abuse: Treatment and rehabilitation (pp. 140-161). Linn Creek, MO: Aspen. 
  • Homa, D. & DeLambo, D.  (2010).  Vocational rehabilitation, independent living and consumerism.  In W.R. Frontera, J.A. DeLisa, B.M. Gans, N.E. Walsh, & L.R. Robinson (Eds.), Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation:  Principles and practice (5h Edition)(pp. 459-472).  Philadelphia:  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 
  • DeLambo, D. A., Chandras, K. V., Homa, D., & Chandras, S. V. (2010). Spinal cord injuries and substance abuse: Implications for rehabilitation professionals. American Counseling Association’s VISTAS 2010 Annual Electronic Monograph. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
  • DeLambo , D. A., Chandras, K. V., Homa, D., & Chandras, S. V. (2009). Traumatic brain injury and substance abuse: Implications for rehabilitation professionals.  American Counseling Association’s VISTAS Online Library. 
  • Homa, D. (2009).  The impact of vocational evaluation on vocational evaluation outcomes. In R. McDaniel (Ed.), The issues papers:  Thirteenth national forum on issues in vocational assessment (pp. 119-125). Montgomery, AL:  Davis Direct, Inc. 
  • DeLambo , D. A., Chandras, K. V., Homa, D., & Chandras, S. V. (2008). Psychiatric  disabilities and substance abuse: Applications for rehabilitation professionals.  In G. R. Walz, J.C. Bleuer, & R.K. Yep (Eds.), Compelling counseling images:  Celebrating VISTAS’ Fifth Anniversary.  Alexandria, VA:  American Counseling Association.
  • Homa, D.B. (2007).  Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in job placement.  Work:  A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, & Rehabilitation, 29, 277-286. 
  • Lam, C.S., Homa, D.B., & Buser, A. (2006). Diversity issues in psychological assessment. In P. Leung, C. Flowers, W.B. Talley, & P.R. Sanderson (Eds.), Multicultural issues in rehabilitation and allied health.  Osage Beach, MO:  Aspen Professional Services. 
  • Homa, D.B. and Peterson, D.B. (2005).  Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in teaching rehabilitation client assessment.  Rehabilitation Education, 19, 119-128. 

 

 Honors/Awards

  • 2013 Paul R. Hoffman Award in recognition of innovation and creativity in service to persons with disabilities through achievements in vocational evaluation. Awarded by the Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association (VEWAA). 
  • Outstanding Graduate Program Director, 2010-2011 Co-recipient. Awarded by the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Stout.
  • Certificate of High Academic Achievement, awarded by the Graduate College of the Illinois Institute of Technology, July, 2004. 
  • Listed in the 2003 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. 
  • 1996 Sklar Award for Excellence in Fieldwork Supervision from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Psychology – Rehabilitation Counseling Program.  

 

 Academic Experience

  • Chair, Department of Rehabilitation & Counseling, UW-Stout (2013+)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation & Counseling, UW-Stout (2009+)
  • Graduate Program Director, MS Vocational Rehabilitation - Online (2007-2013)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation and Counseling, UW-Stout (2005-2009)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Institute of Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology (2004-2005)

Professional Experience

  • Vocational Evaluation and Assistive Technology Lab Manager,  Rehabilitation Specialist - National Healthcare Resources (formerly Ellis and Associates), Chicago, IL
  • Vocational Specialist - Christ Hospital, Oak Lawn, IL. 
  • Vocational Evaluator - Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Dallas, TX 

Selected Grants

  • Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) long-term training grant in Rehabilitation Counseling, 2009-14