Welcoming A New Director at Sonoroan UCEDD, Dr. Wendy Parent-Johnson

October 22, 2018

Dr. Wendy Parent-Johnson will be joining the Sonoran University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) in November as new director for, Leslie Cohen, Sonoran UCEDD's inaugural director, will be stepping down from the position.

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.

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