UTEP Faculty Member Earns Top Rehabilitation Education Award
Last Updated on May 06, 2021 at 3:00 PM
Originally published May 06, 2021
By Laura L. Acosta
The National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) has selected Emre Umucu, Ph.D., assistant professor of rehabilitation counseling at The University of Texas at El Paso, for the 2021 New Career in Rehabilitation Education award. Umucu will be presented the award at the NCRE’s conference in July 2021.
The New Career in Rehabilitation Education award recognizes a rehabilitation educator who is in the third to fifth year of his or her career in rehabilitation education and who has made or is making strong contributions to the field of rehabilitation education.
Umucu joined the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in UTEP’s College of Health Sciences in 2017. He is the director of UTEP’s Veteran VVell-Being Lab (V3), which investigates factors to improve the health and happiness of individuals with disabilities and chronic conditions, particularly veterans.
While at UTEP, Umucu, has served as the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on several grants from state and federal programs and foundations, including the National Institutes of Health, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education, and the Spencer Foundation. His work also has been published in many peer-reviewed journals such as Rehabilitation Psychology, Military Psychology, and the Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin.
In 2019, the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association recognized Umucu with the association’s Research Award.
Umucu earned a doctorate in Rehabilitation Psychology in 2017 from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
NCRE is the premier professional organization of educators dedicated to quality services for persons with disabilities through education and research. NCRE advocates up-to-date education and training and the maintenance of professional standards in the field of rehabilitation.