LaWanda CookExtension Faculty
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LaWanda Cook, PhD, CRC, joined the Yang-Tan Institute in 2010. She has extensive experience in vocational counseling, personnel management and program administration. In addition to several years as a counselor and supervisor with the Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, she has served as an executive director and program coordinator within nonprofit organizations. She is a certified rehabilitation counselor and a member of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA). During her career she has helped to promote equitable service delivery for individuals of different races, ethnicities, educational attainment, and income levels; and has modeled creative approaches to meeting the employment, independent living, and social needs of people with a variety of disabilities including brain injury, substance abuse, mental health disabilities, and mobility impairments. Dr. Cook has created and delivered workshops, lectures, and training sessions about disability, employment, independent living, leisure, work/life balance, intersectionality of marginalized identities, alternative sentencing, and volunteerism. She engages in research and program development related to the delivery of effective vocational rehabilitation services, the well-being of individuals with disabilities, and social inclusion in integrated work and leisure settings.
Ph.D. 2011 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Recreation, Sport and Tourism M.S. 1990 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Human Resource Management
B. S. 1986 University of Connecticut, Rehabilitation Services