Professor Debra Homa

Department Chair, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Rehabilitation & Counseling Department
College of Education, Hospitality, Health and Human Sciences

Office: Vocational Rehabilitation Building
Phone: 715-232-1113

Research Interests: Rehabilitation outcomes, with focus on employment outcomes; International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF); Vocational evaluation; Psychosocial aspects of disability; Vocational rehabilitation issues for persons with psychiatric disabilities


  • American Sign Language (Conversational)


    • Ph D Psychology, with emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling Education
      Illinois Institute of Technology
      Chicago , IN, United States, 2004

Licensures and Certifications

  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor : Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Rehabilitation and Counseling
        Department Chair
        June 2013 -
      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Rehabilitation and Counseling
        Program Director
        August 2007 - June 2013

Intellectual Contributions

    Book, Chapter

    • Escorpizo , R., Brage, S., Homa, D., & Stucki , G. (2015). Challenges and opportunities. , New York, New York: Springer .
    • Stucki, G., Brage , S., Homa, D., & Escorpizo, R. (2015). Conceptual framework: Disability evaluation and vocational rehabilitation. . , 3-10, New York, New York : Springer .
    • Homa, D., & DeLambo, D. (2015). Vocational assessment and job placement. . , 161-186, New York, New York : Springer.


    • Escorpizo , R., Brage, S., Homa, D., & Stucki, G. (2015). Handbook of vocational rehabilitation and disability evaluation: Application and implementation of the ICF. , New York, New York : Springer .



    • DeLambo, D., Homa, D., Schreiber, S., & Chandras, K. V. (April 2, 2016). Chronic pain and work: Implications for the vocational rehabilitation professional. Annual Conference and Exposition of the American Counseling Association, Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

    Oral Presentation

    • Fried , J., Tidwell , P., Homa, D., & Zimmerman , S. (November, 2014). An Ideal union: Job placement and vocational evaluation. Annual Training Conference of the National Rehabilitation Association, Des Moines, IA, United States.
    • Fried, J., Homa, D., Zimmerman , S., & Tidwell , P. (2012). Vocational Evaluation: New approaches and current resources. Annual Training Conference of the National Rehabilitation Association, Chicago, IL, United States.


    • Deacon, A., Homa, D., Wallen, M., & Lutz, C. (January, 2008). . Holistic Scoring and Analytical Rubrics: Strategies for Effective Writing Assessment Across the Disciplines, Menomonie, WI, United States.

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships


    • Paul R. Hoffman Award , Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association (VEWAA) (August 2013)
    • Outstanding Graduate Program Director, College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Stout (May 2011)
    • Sklar Award for Excellence in Fieldwork Supervision , Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Psychology (April 1996)


    • Certificate of High Academic Achievement, Graduate College of the Illinois Institute of Technology (July 2004)
    • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (April 2003)


    • RSA Scholar , Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) (August 2000)