Dr. Kregel is Professor of Special Education at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Associate Director of the VCU-RRTC. He is currently directing research activities focusing on: New approaches to increasing employment retention of individuals with disabilities.
In more than 30 years at VCU, Dr. John J. Kregel has authored more than 100 publications of various types, focusing on promoting the employment and financial independence of adolescents and adults with disabilities. In addition, he has served as the principal investigator on more than $50 million in externally-funded projects that have supported his research activities.
The associate director of the VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Dr. Kregel has testified numerous times before Congress on issues related to employment and return to work for Social Security beneficiaries, most recently in 2015. He frequently provides technical assistance to federal agencies, including the House of Representatives, Social Security Administration, Administration on Children and Families, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, the Institute of Medicine and the National Council on Disability.
Dr. Kregel has made 16 international presentations and previously served as a visiting professor at Keio University in Japan. He is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.
Wehman, P., Schall, C., McDonough, J., Kregel, J., Brooke, V., Brooke, A., Ham, W., Graham, C., Riehle, E., Collins, H. & Thiss, W. (2014). Competitive Employment for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Early Results from a Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44(3), 487–500.
Kregel, J. (2012). Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program: Current program results document the program's ability to improve employment outcomes, reduce dependence on benefits,and generate cost savings for SSA. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 36(1), 3-12.
Kregel, J. (2009). Work Incentives Planning and Assistance: Assisting Beneficiaries to Obtain Employment and Reduce Dependence on SSA Benefits. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 31(1), 1-9.
Wehman, P. & Kregel, J. (2012). Functional Curriculum for Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Age Students with Special Needs (3rd edition). Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.