Yolanda V. Edwards

Position: Chair, Professor and Program Coordinator Department: Rehabilitation Counseling

Contact Info

Office: C024 G Anderson Center Phone: 336-750-2586 Fax: 336-750-2914

Biography

Dr. Edwards is Professor and Department Chair for Rehabilitation Counseling. She teaches research, group counseling, and placement courses. Edwards has 17 years of experience in rehabilitation education. Previously, Edwards was Assistant Professor at University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) and University of South Carolina (USC). Since 2002, she has served as a PI and/or director of eight different RSA grants at three different universities. She has authored several articles and books chapters dealing with rehabilitation education, distance education, and minority disability issues on transition and mental health issues. Edwards also has held several leadership positions in state and national professional organization such as: Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling (JARC), past president of American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA, 2008-2009) chair of professional standards for ARCA, past secretary of National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (2005-2009) and serves as reviewer for Rehabilitation Education Journal, Journal of Rehabilitation and Rehabilitation Counseling Education Journal (RCEA).

Educational Background

  • BS, Biology, South Carolina State University
  • MA, Rehabilitation Counseling
  • PhD, Rehabilitation Counselor Education

Research and Project Interests

  • Rehabilitation Education
  • Rehabilitation education as it relates to recruitment and retention of minority students and rehabilitation counselors
  • Distance education and technology in counseling
  • Minorities with disabilities with a focus on mental health and school to work transition