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Bryan S. Austin, Ph.D., LPC, CRC

Bryan S. Austin, Ph.D., LPC, CRC

Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Rehabilitation Counseling and Human Services


Boise, 440H


(208) 364-9902

Mailing Address

University of Idaho Boise
322 E. Front Street, Suite 440
Boise, ID 83702

  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, Rehabilitation Counselor Education, 2012

  • M.S., Portland State University, Education: Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling Specialization, 2003

  • B.A., University of Oregon, Psychology, 1997

Bryan Austin, Ph.D., is assistant professor and program coordinator of the M.Ed./M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling and Human Services Program and earned his doctorate in Rehabilitation Counselor Education from Michigan State University. Austin is also project director for the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), rehabilitation long-term training grant. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Idaho and nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and has held this professional credential since 2003. He has worked in rehabilitation for more than 21 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. 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.

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 Vocational Rehabilitation, Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, Journal of Rehabilitation, and Journal of Rehabilitation Administration. 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.  

  • Rehabilitation Counselor Clinical Competencies that Address Bias
  • Intellectual and Co-Occurring Psychiatric Disabilities

  • Austin, B. S., & Stuntzner, S. (Submitted, March 2015 — Funded, October 2015). Rehabilitation training: Rehabilitation long-term training grant — vocational rehabilitation counseling. Grant proposal: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration (Amount: $1,000,000).

  • Chen, R., K., Austin, B. S., & Lin, C-C. (2017). Acculturation and filial piety as mediators of the relationship between caregiver burden and gender-role expectations in hispanic-american rehabilitation services students. Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 15(4), 1-11.

  • Chen, R. K., Blankenship, C. J., Austin, B. S., Cantu, V. C., & Kotbungkair, W. (2016). "Hiring of people with disabilities: Perceptions of hispanic small business owners." Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 45(2), 185-196.

  • Louw, J. S., Austin, B. S., Rak, E., & Barnes, E. (2015). "Master’s students’ rehabilitation counselor identity formation: A descriptive study." Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, 29(4), 302-319.

  • Austin, B. S., Sabo, C. W., McCarthy, A. K., Sprong, M. E., & Noble, L. N. (2015). "Utilization of interviewing as an assessment tool to enhance vocational rehabilitation service delivery: Fostering the therapeutic alliance and professionals’ judgment accuracy." [Special Issue]. Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association Journal and Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Journal, 37-52. 

  • Austin, B. S., & Leahy, M. J. (2015). "Construction and validation of the clinical judgment skill inventory: Clinical judgment skill competencies that measure counselor debiasing techniques." Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, 29(1), 27-46.

  • Stuntzner, S., & Austin, B. (2015). "Implementing a holistic approach to enhance career opportunities for transition students with disabilities." In A. Normore, & K. Esposito (Eds.). Inclusive Practices and Social Justice Leadership for Special Populations in Urban Settings: A Moral Imperative. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. 

  • Austin, B. S., & Lee, C. (2014). "A structural equation model of vocational rehabilitation services: Predictors of employment outcomes for clients with intellectual and co-occurring psychiatric disabilities." Journal of Rehabilitation, 80(3), 11-20.

  • Austin, B. S. (2012). "A qualitative analysis of vocational rehabilitation counselor perceptions of clinical supervision." Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 43(3), 25-33.

  • Barnes, E. F., Rak, E., Austin, B., Louw, J. (2012). Rehabilitation counselor professional identity development in master’s-level training programs: An exploratory study of potential influencing factors." Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, 26(2 & 3), 185-198. 

  • Leahy, M. J., Thielsen, V. A., Millington, M. J., Austin, B., & Fleming, A. (2009). "Quality assurance and program evaluation: Terms, models and applications in rehabilitation administration." Journal of Rehabilitation Administration, 33(2), 69-82.


Mailing Address:

University of Idaho Boise Center
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: (208) 364-4047

Fax: (208) 364-4078


Web: Boise Center


Mailing Address:
University of Idaho CDA Center
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: (208) 292-2519

Fax: (208) 667-5275


Web: CDA Center