Sheila Fesko, PhD

Institute for Community Inclusion/ UCEDD
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
Phone: 617-287-4365
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: October 09, 2006


Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: National Center on Workforce and Disability (NCWD)
Discipline(s): Disability Studies
Rehabilitation Counseling, Vocational Rehabilitation, One-Stop Career Centers




1993-present  Institute for Community Inclusion-University of Massachusetts/Boston. Children's Hospital-Boston 

  • Program Manager-Coordinate the National Center on Workforce and Disability, a technical assistance centers for One-stop career centers regarding serving individuals with disabilities.
  • Senior Research Associate/Training Associate--Participate in national research concerning       employment experiences for individuals with disabilities.  Conduct in-service training for professionals in    rehabilitation field, family members and consumers. 

1991-1993 Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission  Brookline Area Office 

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor--Coordinate vocational rehabilitation services for  a caseload of 140 individuals with disabilities.

1983-91 Training and Research Institute for People with Disabilities Children's Hospital

  • Research Assistant--1989-91  Participated in national study of day and employment services for individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Program Coordinator--1987-88  Work Experience Program
  • Administered vocational training program for individuals with disabilities.
  • Rehabilitation Counselor--1983-87  Work Experience Program and Developmental Evaluation Clinic.  Provided individual and group counseling.  Participated in interdisciplinary evaluations for children and adults with developmental disabilities.


1988-90  Boston College

  • Program Supervisor--Boston College Supported Employment Program.        Supervised staff and day-to-day program operation, budget development and       administration of 2 DMR contracts and MRC EEP services.


1998-2001  Research Associate, Harvard Medical School faculty

1994-1997  Adjunct Instructor, University of Massachusetts--Boston 

  • Taught graduate level course in Rehabilitation Fieldwork, Vocational Development and  Career Information Program Design and Management in Supported Employment

1984-93 Clinical Associate, Supervised internship experiences for graduate students.--Boston University

1986-88 Adjunct Instructor. Taught graduate level course in the Rehabilitation of the Developmental Disabled, Boston University


1998 Doctorate in Philosophy in Special Education and Rehabilitation, Boston College-Graduate Arts and Science  

1983 Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling, Boston University--Sargent College of Allied Health Professions

 1982 Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services, Boston University--Sargent College of Allied Health Professions


      Governor's Commission on Employment for People with Disabilities

      Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

      Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress Board of Directors (1986-1995)

      American Association on Mental Retardation member

      TASH member

      National Rehabilitation Association member


Fesko, S., Cohen, A. and Timmons, J. Strategies of support: Increasing the capacity of One-Stop Centers to meet the needs of job seekers with disabilities" in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation (Vol. 21, No. 1, 2004)

Fesko, S.L. & Butterworth, J. (2001). Conversion to integrated employment: Case studies of organizational change, Volume 3. Boston: Institute for Community Inclusion/UAP,  Children's Hospital.

Fesko, S.L. (2001)  Disclosure of HIV status in the workplace: Considerations and Strategies.  Health and Social Work, 26 (4), 235-244.

Fesko, S.L. (2001)  Workplace Experiences of Individuals who are HIV+ and Individuals with Cancer   Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 45 (1), 2-11. 

Fesko, S., Hoff, D., Jordan, M., Phaneuf, K. & Thomas, C. (2000). One-Stop Centers: A Guide for Job Seekers with Disabilities. Boston: Institute for Community Inclusion/UAP,  Children's Hospital.

Fesko, S. Graham, S. & Temelini, D. (2000). Youth with disabilities who are homeless and/or runaway: Responding to the needs. . Boston: Institute for Community Inclusion/UAP,  Children's Hospital.