Fabricio Balcazar, PhD

University of Illinois UCE
Department of Disability and Human Development
Institute on Disability and Human Development (M/C 626)
The University of Illinois at Chicago
1640 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608-6904
Phone: 312-413-1646
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: August 29, 2017

Fabricio Balcazar

Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Center for Capacity Building for Minorities with Disabilities Research
Discipline(s): Psychology
Disability Studies
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Research: Intervention, Transition, International
Education: Disability Culture, Minority Issues
Service: Community Inclusion


Professor of Human Development and Psychology

Ph.D. Developmental and Child Psychology, Department of Human Development and Family Life, University of Kansas, 1987.


Associate Professor, Department of Disability and Human Development, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago (1994 to date).

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago (1994 to date)


Fellow American Psychological Association, June, 1999.

Fulbright Scholarship from the US Government to complete a Master's Degree at the Department of Human Development University of Kansas, from August 1982 to May 1984.

Recipient of an Outstanding Research Award from the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA), April 1995.


Balcazar, F. E., Keys, C. B., Davis, M, Lardon, C., & Jones, C. (2005). Strengths and challenges of intervention research in Vocational Rehabilitation: An illustration of agency-university collaboration. Journal of Rehabilitation, 71(2), 40-48.

Hernández, B., Balcazar, F. E., & Keys, C. B. (2004). Disability rights: Attitudes of private and public sector representatives. Journal of Rehabilitation, 70(1), p. 28-37

Balcazar, F. E., Garate-Serafini, T., & Keys, C. B. (2004). The need for action when conducting intervention research: the multiple roles of community psychologists. American Journal of Community Psychology, 33, 243-252

Balcazar, F. E., Keys, C. B., & Suarez-Balcazar, Y. (2001). Empowering Latinos with disabilities to address issues of independent living and disability rights: A capacity-building approach. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 21(2), 53-70.

Block-Lourie, P., Balcazar, F. E., & Keys, C. B. (2001). From pathology to power rethinking race, poverty, and disability. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 12(1), 18-27,39.

Taylor-Ritzler, T., Balcazar, F. E., Keys, C. B., Hayes, E., Garate-Serafini, T., & Ryerson-Espino, S. (2001). Promoting attainment of transition-related goals among low-income ethnic minority students with disabilities. Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, 24(2), 147- 167

Balcazar, F. E., Keys, C. B., Kaplan, D., & Suarez-Balcazar, Y. (1998). Participatory action research and people with disabilities: Principles and challenges. Canadian Journal of Rehabilitation, 12, 105-112.

Balcazar, F. E., Mackay, M., Keys, C. B., Henry, D., & Bryant, F. B. (1998). Assessing perceived agency adherence to the values of community inclusion: Implications for staff satisfaction. American Journal of Mental Retardation, 102, 451-463.

Balcazar, F.E., Keys, C. B., Bertram, J., & Rizzo, T. (1996). Advocate development in the field of developmental disabilities: A data-based conceptual model. Mental Retardation, 36, 341-351.

Balcazar, F. E., Keys, C. B., & Garate-Serafini, J. (1995). Learning to recruit assistance to attain transition goals: A program for adjudicated youths with disabilities. Remedial and Special Education, 16(4) 237-246.

Balcazar, F. E., Mathews, R. M., Francisco, V. T., & Fawcett, S. B. (1994). The empowerment process in four advocacy organizations of people with disabilities. Rehabilitation Psychology, 39(3), 191-206.


2004 - 2006 Principal Investigator: The Choices in Transition Project: An Outreach Project for Children with Disabilities. U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration ($525,000).

2005 - 2009 Principal Investigator and Center Director: "Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research" US Department of Education, National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research ($3,000,000)

2000 - 2006 Principal Investigator. The college connection to career development opportunities for minority youth with disabilities. U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration ($1,615,033)

PRESENTATIONS: Conducted over 80 workshops and 120 presentations at professional meetings.


Principal and Co?Principal Investigator in 17 grants totaling over $9,500,000 since 1986.

Consultant and trainer for over 50 consumer advocacy organizations, 25 Independent Living Centers, state agencies, and the US Agency for International Development.