Rhonda Eppelsheimer, MSW

Oregon Health & Science University UCEDD
Institute on Development & Disability
Oregon Health & Science University
707 SW Gaines St.
Portland, OR 97239
Phone: 503-494-2705
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: September 22, 2020

Rhonda Eppelsheimer

Leadership: UCEDD Director
Primary Activity Coordinators: Community Support
Discipline Coordinators: Health Administration
Specialty Resource Contacts: Adolescent Transition;
Adolescent Healthcare Transition;
Healthcare Administration;
Caregiver Training Supporting People with I/DD in Healthy Relationships & Sexuality;
Sexuality for Adolescents with I/DD;
Spirituality & Disability;
Caregiver training and support
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Transition Needs Assessment;
National Core Indicators Adult Consumer Survey;
LEND Training Coordinator Healthcare Administration;
Healthy Relationships & Sexuality for People with Intellectual Disability;
Community Partners Council Spirituality & Disability Initiative;
Community Partners Council (CAC) Mini Grant Project;
Emerging Leaders Northwest Adolescent Transition Program;
Dream It, Do It! Academy-Adolescent Health & Independence Program
Discipline(s): Social Work
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Research: Adolescent healthcare transition, adolescent self advocacy, adolescent transition needs, adolescent peer mentoring, care giver support, National Core Indicators. Lifespan transition, self advocacy for individuals with disabilities or special healthcare needs.
Education: 2012 MSW University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
1990 BS Arts and Letters, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
Service: SIG AUCD Spirituality
Adolescent self advocacy groups
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)


Rhonda Eppelsheimer, MSW, is serving as the co- Director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability (UCEDD) at the Institute on Development & Disability. Eppelsheimer is credentialed as a licensed clinical social worker focusing on adolescent transition, mental health and strengthening supports and systems for families who are raising children who experience disability.

Eppelsheimer oversees programs, activities and data coordination for the UCEDD grant working in collaboration with other State agencies and other UCEDD organizations across the country to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities or special health needs.

Self-determination and independence for transition age youth with disabilities including developing healthy relationships, sexuality and planning for healthcare across the lifespan.

M.S.W., University of North Dakota,
B.S., Portland State University

National Association of Social Workers
Special Interest Group AUCD Spirituality and Spiritual Support
Interfaith Disability Network of Oregon