Dr. W. Dent Gitchel, Ph.D., CRC

Faculty photo of Dr. W. Dent Gitchel
Assistant Professor
Rehabilitation Counseling Program
Office: DKSN 510
Office Phone: 501.569.8937
Email: wdgitcheljr@ualr.edu

Dr. Gitchel became a faculty member for this program in January 2012. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program at West Virginia University. Previous to work in academia, he has ten years clinical and administrative experience in community mental health agencies providing services to individuals with severe and persistent psychiatric disabilities. He received a PhD in Rehabilitation Education and Research at the University of Arkansas and was a Walton Distinguished Doctoral Fellow. He also worked in the Department of Educational Statistics and Research methods and received Post-Masters certificates in both Education Statistics Research and Educational measurement. Dr. Gitchel’s teaching and research interests include implementation of advanced psychometric techniques to improve evidence-based practices in rehabilitation and other health professions, self-reflective rehabilitation counseling, evaluation of large-scale databases that use complex sampling designs, adaptation and adjustment to disability and chronic illness, foundations of rehabilitation, the scientist-practitioner model, and implementation and investigation of compassion-training interventions.

He is one of the first persons certified as a compassion cultivation trainer through the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University and has twice been selected as a Senior Investigator for the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute. He is also a certified Green Dot trainer. He was a recipient of the 2013 Gene Campbell Faculty Fellowship and the chief PI for a winning grant proposal in the 2014 UALR Seed Grant competition. He is active in the community and serves on the Board of Directors for Compassion Works for All. Selected Publications and Presentations include:

PUBLICATIONS:

Mpofu, Madden, Madden, Kellett, Peterson, Gitchel & Lee (In Press). Advances in Rehabilitation and Health Assessments. In F. Leong, J. Gregoire, M. Born, J. Hattie, K. Geisinger & F. Cheung (Ed.) International Testing Commission Handbook. London: Oxford University Press.

Gitchel, D. (2014). Review of Sharon Salzberg’s Lovingkindness. Compassion Journal.

Roessler, R.T., & Gitchel, D. (2013). Severity, employment and gender: Factors influencing independence for adults with Multiple Sclerosis. Journal of Rehabilitation.

Roessler, R.T., Gitchel, D., & Bishop, M. (2013). Housing satisfaction: An additive factor of QOL for adults with Multiple Sclerosis. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Mpofu, E., Madden, R., Gitchel, W.D., Peterson, D., Chou, C., Athanasou, J.A., & Manga, R. (2012). Person-centered assessment in rehabilitation and health care. In Toriello, P., Bishop, M., & Rumrill, P. (Eds). New Directions in Rehabilitation Counseling: Creative Responses to professional, Clinical, and Educational Challenges. Linn Creek, MO: Aspen Professional Services.

Gitchel, W. D., & Mpofu, E. (2012). Basic issues in thesis writing. In K. Maree (Ed.). Complete your thesis or dissertation successfully: Practical guideline. Cape Town, South Africa: Juta and Company, LTD.

Athanasou, J.A., Mpofu, E., Gitchel, W. D., & Elias, M.J. (2012). Theoretical-Conceptual and structural aspects of thesis writing. In K. Maree (Ed.). Complete your thesis or dissertation successfully: Practical guidelines. Cape Town, South Africa: Juta and Company, LTD.

Koch, L.C., Gitchel, D., & Rumrill, P.D. (2011). Qualitative research designs. In B. G. Cook & P. Rumrill (Eds.). Research in special education: A guide to design, methodology, and utilization (2nd ed.; pp. 187-218). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.

Gitchel, D., Roessler, R.T., & Turner, R.C. (2011). Gender Differential Item Functioning according to item wording on the Perceived Stress Scale for adults with Multiple 
Sclerosis. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 55(1), 20-28.

Gitchel, D., Turner, R., & Rumrill, P.D. (2010). Differential Item Functioning in rehabilitation research. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 36, 361-369.

Kiener, M, Koch, L, Gitchel, D. (2009). Action research in rehabilitation education: Curricular applications. Rehabilitation Education, 23(2), 205-214.

Koch, L., Gitchel, D., & Higgins, H. (2009). Preparing students to be empathic interdisciplinary rehabilitation team members. Rehabilitation Education, 23(2), 119- 126.

PRESENTATIONS:

Burgin, J., Gitchel, D., Hughes, G. & Pearson, C. (2014, November). Student Evaluations of Courses, Instructors, and Self. Annual MidSouth Educational Research Association Conference, Knoxville, TN.

Gitchel, D. (2014, October). Development of the Perceived Compassion Scale. Second International Symposium of Contemplative Studies, Boston, MA.

Gitchel, D. (2014, October). Challenges in Teaching Secular-Based Compassion. Second International Symposium of Contemplative Studies, Boston, MA.

Gitchel, D. (2014, June). Development of the Perceived Compassion Scale. Mind and Life Summer Research Institute. Garrison, NY.

Gitchel, D. & Grover, J. (2013, April). The Science of Compassion and Compassion Cultivation. Presented at 2013 NCRE Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Gitchel, D. & Grover, J. (2013, April). Differential Response Patters According to Gender, Ethnicity and Type of Disability. Presented at 2013 NCRE Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Turner, R.C, Keiffer, E., & Gitchel, D. (2013, April). Impact of Unbalanced DIF (Differential Item Functioning) Item Proportions on Group-Specific DIF Identification. Presented at the 2013 AERA Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Gitchel, D. & Grover, J. (2013, April). The Science of Compassion and Compassion Cultivation. Presented at 2013 NCRE Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Gitchel, D. & Grover, J. (2013, April). Differential Response Patters According to Gender, Ethnicity and Type of Disability. Presented at 2013 NCRE Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Gitchel, D. (2012, July). Complementary and Alternative Medicine use by Persons with Disabilities from Diverse Backgrounds: Implications for Rehabilitation. Presented at 2012 National Association for Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns Annual Training Conference, Little Rock, AR.

Gitchel, D. (2012, July). Use of Advanced Psychometric techniques to Assist in Understanding Diversity. Presented at 2012 National Association for Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns Annual Training Conference, Little Rock, AR..

Gitchel, D. (2012, May). Complementary and Alternative Medicine use by Persons with Disabilities. Presented at 2012 Southwest Regional National Rehabilitation Association Conference, Hot Springs, AR.

Gitchel, D. (2012, May). Implications of Language on Clinical Assessment. Presented at 2012 Southwest Regional National Rehabilitation Association Conference, Hot Springs, AR.

Gitchel, D. (2012, April). Measuring Compassion: scale construction and construct validation. Presented at the First Annual International Symposia for Contemplative Studies, Denver, CO.

Gitchel, D. (2012, April). Emptiness and construct validity. Presented at the First Annual International Symposia for Contemplative Studies, Denver, CO.

Gitchel, D. (2012, April). A Self-Reflective Counselor Training Approach Utilizing Lewis’ Three-Factor Model. Poster Presentation presented at 2012 NCRE Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Gitchel, D. (2012, April). Significant Correlates of Health and Disability Disparities. Poster Presentation presented at 2012 NCRE Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Gitchel, D. (2012, April). Advanced Psychometric Techniques: Implications for Improved Evidence-Based Practices in Rehabilitation. Poster Presentation presented at 2012 NCRE Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Gitchel, D., & Mather, J. (2012, April). The SWH Method for Training Doctoral Students Research and Dissertation Competence. Poster Presentation presented at 2012 NCRE Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Gitchel, D., & Little, W. (2011, October). Method effects on the Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale for adults with disabilities: Examining eight CFA models. Presented at the 2001 National Rehabilitation Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Gitchel, W.D. (2011, April). The effects of differential item functioning on ANOVA results: A monte carlo study. Poster presentation presented at the 2011 NCRE Conference, Manhattan Beach, CA.

Glenn, M., & Gitchel, W.D (2011, April). Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use by Persons with Disabilities. Presented at the 2011 NCRE Conference, Manhattan Beach, CA.

Turner, R.L., Gitchel, W.D., & Keiffer, E.A. (2011, April). Group differences on attitudinal scales when an item subset of an operational definition exhibits differential item functioning/differential bundle functioning. Presented at the 2011 AERA Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Johnson, C.S., Gitchel, W.D., & Lo, W. (2011, April). Gender differences in measuring Self-esteem: Comparing differential item functioning and structural equation modeling analysis. Poster presentation presented at the 2011 AERA Conference, New Orleans, LA

Turner, R.L., & Gitchel, W.D. (2011, April). Comparing type I error and power rates in DIF analyses when combining significance tests with effect size criteria. Presented at the 2011 NCME Conference, New Orleans, LA.