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Paul Wehman, Ph.D.

Director of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center | 804-828-1852

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Dr. Wehman receiving the 2018 Distinguished Scholarship Award

Dr. Wehman speaks about the employment of people with physical and intellectual disabilities

Paul Wehman, Ph.D. is the Founding Editor of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. His background is highly interdisciplinary and he is internationally known for his pioneering work in the beginning of supported employment in 1980, a rehabilitation intervention strategy which has facilitated millions of persons with neurodevelopmental disabilities, brain injury, mental illness and spinal cord injury in countries all over the world to gain competitive employment for the first time. Dr. Wehman holds his primary position as a Professor in the Department of Special Education at the Virginia Commonwealth University with a joint position in the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the School of Medicine.  

Dr. Wehman serves as Director of the VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment and Director of the VCU Autism Center for Excellence (ACE).   He has researched, written, instructed and presented extensively on issues related to transition from school to adulthood and special education as it relates for young adulthood.  He has published more than 220 articles, 131 book chapters, and authored or edited 43 books. 

In 2018, Dr. Wehman received the Distinguished University Research Award representing the School of Medicine.  He has been the recipient of the 2017 Leader of the Year Award from the Virginia Division of Career Development and Transition.  In 2014 , Dr. Wehman was named the recipient of  the  Princeton Lecture Series Fellowship through Eden Autism Services  Past honors include  the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.-Foundation International Award in Mental Retardation, Mary Switzer Fellow for the National Rehabilitation Association in 1985, and the Distinguished Service Award from the President's Committee on Employment for Persons with Disabilities in October 1992.  Dr. Wehman received the VCU Distinguished Service Award in 2001 and was recognized as one of the 50 most influential special educators of the millennium by a national survey coordinated by the Remedial and Special Education journal (December 2000).   







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