Contributors

Linda Holloway, Ph.D., CRC is Chair of the Department of Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation and serves as the Director of the Office of Subsance Misuse & Mental Health Recovery Research at University of North Texas. She has extensive experience in mental health, substance use disorders, rehabilitation and supported employment. She previously served as the director of Mental Health Services at Denton County MHMR and served as a consultant for the DARS mental health supported employment pilot program. She currently serves as the Principal Investigator for the Recovery to Practice Initiative for Addiction Professionals in Texas. She started the minor in Addiction Studies at UNT and is the faculty sponsor for the Collegiate Recovery Program at UNT.

M. Jean Keller, Ph.D. is a professor in the University of North Texas (UNT) Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. She has served UNT in various interim administrative capacities for the past six years. She previously served as Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor for Transition of UNT Dallas. She served as Dean of the UNT College of Education for 15 years.  Prior to her career at UNT, she was Department Chair at the University of Georgia. She has written or edited eleven books and twelve refereed chapters, and authored over 100 articles. Dr. Keller has given over 300 presentations in the United States and several countries. She was awarded over three million dollars of funding by external agencies for research and innovative projects.

Dalia Chowdhury, Ph.D. is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), Substance Abuse Counselor (CADC) and is licensed in the state of Illinois. She has worked as an addiction and mental health therapist, and has supervised Masters level practicum students in substance abuse treatment facilities. Dr. Chowdhury has published on violence on women with disabilities, rehabilitation ethics, and multicultural (international) concerns of human service professionals. Dr. Chowdhury has also worked as a Crisis Counselor for suicide prevention. Currently she is involved in multiple projects on interaction of club drugs with HIV/AIDS medication; work, gender and disabilities; suicidality assessment. As a teacher, she has won the Southern Illinois University teaching excellence award and has taught topics ranging from research and statistics, psychiatric rehabilitation, counseling theory, program evaluation etc.

Justin Watts, Ph.D., NCC recently joined the faculty in the Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation Program at the University of North Texas. Justin has researched substance dependence for the last five years, focusing on peer support groups for recovery (namely Self-Management and Recovery Training i.e. SMART Recovery). Currently he is involved in research involving co-occurring trauma and substance use diagnoses, and considering the treatment and recovery needs of students who have received multiple drug or alcohol violations, and is involved in teaching Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counselors who work with substance dependent clients. Justin has several publications in the area of addictions and recovery support, and has over 15 state, national, and international conference presentations. His future projects will involve examining the needs of college students in recovery from drugs or alcohol, and considering factors which promote with or interfere with recovery on college campuses.

Wei-Mo Tu, ABD received a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Graduate Institute of Rehabilitation Counseling at the National Changhua University of Education in Taiwan. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Rehabilitation Psychology program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a supported employment specialist and vocational evaluator in a non-for-profit agency in Taiwan. He was a doctoral intern at a community mental health agency in Madison, Wisconsin providing individual therapy for people with mental health disorders and at the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) in William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital providing neuropsychological assessments for adults with cognitive dysfunction. His research interests are in the areas of motivation, vocational rehabilitation, school-to-work transition, psychosocial adjustment, applications of the International Classification of Functioning, Health, and Disability (ICF) in rehabilitation, and neurocognitive impairment including psychiatric disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and epilepsy. 

Gayle Prybutok,RN, BSN, MBA, Ph.D. is currently Faculty in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at the University of North Texas. She holds a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University, an MBA from Texas Woman’s University, and a PhD in Information Science with a concentration in Health Informatics from the University of North Texas. She was formerly the Chief Nursing Officer of a local hospital, the Executive Director of a national non-profit funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute, and the Director of home health, hospice and occupational health provider organizations. Her research interests include Internet based health education and interventions, health care quality assurance, health communication, consumer health informatics, and health care operations research.

Jessica Brooks, Ph.D., CRC is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation. Her areas of research interest include topics related to health promotion, self-determination, mindfulness, positive psychology, aging and disability, peer support services, as well as psychosocial and vocational rehabilitation models for individuals with severe mental illness (SMI), substance use disorders, and physical disabilities such as chronic pain. Dr. Brooks serves as a consultant at the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Effective Vocational Rehabilitation Service Delivery Practices and as a PI for a study entitled “Self-Determination, Vocational Rehabilitation Engagement and Recovery from Consumers’ Perspective: A Mixed-Methods Study,” funded by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Dr. Brooks co-authored a book chapter titled “Substance Use Disorders, Disability, and Counseling Interventions”, and she co-authored several refereed articles related to recovery for people with mental illness and substance use disorders.

Angie D. Wilson, Ph.D., LPCS earned a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, Master of Arts in counseling, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, all from Sam Houston State University. Dr. Wilson’s research agenda addresses the success of children from absent-father homes, offender and addictions counseling issues, and issues within counselor education. She has published in numerous peer-reviewed publications and has several years of clinical experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor–Supervisor (Texas) and a Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider (Texas). Dr. Wilson’s clinical background includes work with incarcerated adults, civilly committed sexual offenders, mandated clients, and youth. She is currently the committee chair of the sex offender treatment and rehabilitation committee of the International Association of Addiction and Offender Counseling.

Denise Catalano, Ph.D., CRC, is an Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation. She serves as the second Vice President for the National Council on Rehabilitation Education and as Co-Chair of the Council on Psychosocial Adaptation Research. Her research focus is on psychosocial issues among individuals with disabilities related to health and well-being with an emphasis on positive psychology and resiliency.

Chandra Carey, Ph.D., CRC is an Associate Professor in the Department of Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation. She has served as President of the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns and as Co-Chair of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Council for the National Council on Rehabilitation Education.  She recently served as co-editor for a special issue on Psychiatric Rehabilitation for the Journal of Rehabilitation, Research, Policy, and Education and is the  Co-PI for a grant funded by the Texas Higher Education Board which focuses on enhancing the racial/ethnic diversity of students in rehabilitation studies and rehabilitation counseling. Her research focuses on mental illnesses and the recovery by experiences of women of color, as well as culturally competent service provision in rehabilitation counseling practice.

Dr. Heidemarie Blumenthal joined the UNT faculty in 2012 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology (Behavioral Science Program). Her research focuses on the etiology of anxiety and problematic substance use, with an emphasis on the dynamic interplay of anxiety and substance use behaviors. Although her work spans the life course, her primary interests are in co-occurring anxiety and substance use among adolescents and emerging adults, including how anxiety vulnerability may enhance the likelihood of problematic substance use activity as well as how substance use may increase risk for anxiety psychopathology. As a developmental psychopathologist her work reflects an intersection between traditional developmental and clinical domains, and an integrative, interdisciplinary approach is essential to her program of research.