Dr. Anderson serves as the Director of Research with the Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute, in a dual appointment partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Educated as a rehabilitation counselor, Dr. Anderson has worked in the field providing individualized job development and placement, vocational evaluation, and work incentive benefit counseling services to youth and adults with disabilities prior to entering academia. Her research interests focus on better understanding and improving socioeconomic opportunities for individuals with disabilities through use of evidence-based practices, with an emphasis on youth and families, competitive integrated employment, career pathways, and financial empowerment.
Dr. Anderson currently serves as the President of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) and actively contributes numerous professional rehabilitation and counseling organizations. She collaborates with key stakeholders across systems including researchers and evaluators, individuals with disabilities and families, administrators, policy makers, educators, and service providers.
Research Interests: Evidence-Based Practice in Rehabilitation Counseling, Poverty and Disability, Health and Disability, Financial Empowerment, Youth and Families, and Knowledge Translation