Dr. W. Dent Gitchel
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.