Dr. Bryan Austin is Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the M.Ed./M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling and Human Services Program and Project Director for the Rehabilitation Long-term Training Grant. Dr. Austin earned his doctorate in Rehabilitation Counselor Education from Michigan State University, is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Idaho, and nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). He has worked in rehabilitation for over 19 years and has extensive clinical experience providing direct services to individuals with disabilities in a variety of practice settings in the fields of mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and vocational rehabilitation. He has significant experience advising and supervising students and rehabilitation agency staff, and performing program evaluation responsibilities. Dr. Austin served as an advocate for the National Rehabilitation Association, Government Affairs Summit, in Washington, D.C. Most notably, he has worked as an educator, researcher, clinical supervisor, vocational rehabilitation counselor, behavior specialist and consultant.
Dr. Austin has published articles in peer-reviewed rehabilitation counseling journals pertaining to clinical supervision in vocational rehabilitation, program evaluation, rehabilitation counselor professional identity development, employment outcomes for vocational rehabilitation clients with intellectual and co-occurring psychiatric disabilities, and clinical judgment skill competencies/debiasing techniques. His recent publication outlets include: Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, Journal of Rehabilitation, and Journal of Rehabilitation Administration. Dr. Austin also regularly presents his work at the annual National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) Spring Conference and serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Rehabilitation.