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Bryan Austin

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

Office: 440H
Phone: (208) 364-9902
Email: baustin@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: University of Idaho-Boise
322 E. Front Street, Suite 440
Boise, ID 83702

College of Education
Leadership and Counseling
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Rehabilitation Counseling and Human Services

Campus Locations: Boise
With UI Since 2012

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Clinical Judgment Skill Competencies/Counselor Debiasing Techniques
    • Clinical Supervision
    • Rehabilitation Counselor Professional Identity Development
    • Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Intellectual and Co-Occurring Psychiatric Disabilities
    • Instrument Development
  • Biography

    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.

  • Selected Publications
    • Louw, J. S., Austin, B. S., Rak, E., & Barnes, E. (In Press). Master’s students’ rehabilitation counselor identity formation: A descriptive study. Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education.

    • 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.

  • Research Projects
    • 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).

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