Wendy Parent-Johnson, Ph.D., CRC, CESP

Sonoran UCEDD
Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of Arizona
1521 E. Helen Street
Tucson, AZ 85721
Phone: 520-626-0080
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: May 15, 2020

Wendy Parent-Johnson

Leadership: UCEDD Director
Primary Activity Coordinators: Early Intervention
Research Director
Discipline(s): Education: General
Education/Special Education
Rehabilitation Counseling
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Research: transition, employment, health care transition, health disparities, severe disability, secondary & postsecondary education, job coach certification, Employment First
Education: special education, 18 to 21 programs, severe disability
Service: education, adult service providers, vocational rehabilitation, case managers, family members, and individuals with disabilities - training, technical assistance, advocacy, and policy


Dr. Wendy Parent-Johnson has been Professor of the Department of Pediatrics, and Executive Director of the Center for Disabilities, a Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and Lend Director (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and other Disabilities), at the Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota since 2013. In these positions, she has been responsible for administration and oversight of multiple grants, research, teaching, and supervision of more than 45 staff and contract employees. Her educational background includes a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Doctorate Degree in Education with an emphasis on Transition for Individuals with Severe Disabilities, both from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has thirty-six years' experience in the areas of supported and customized employment, transition from school to work, and Employment First policy and practice. More recently, her research, teaching, and grant development has focused on health care transition, health disparities, interdisciplinary health science education, and the integration of health and employment. Dr. Parent-Johnson is Editor of the Journal of Rehabilitation.