Eun-Jeong Lee is a professor and core faculty member of the Division of Counseling and Rehabilitation Science in the Department of Psychology. Her current duties include teaching two graduate level courses in multicultural and psychosocial issues in rehabilitation and mental health counseling, applied group counseling, medical aspects of disabling conditions, and rehabilitation engineering technology. She also supervises master's degree students during counseling practicum and internship experiences.

Lee received her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. She completed a one-year pre-doctoral psychology internship in the Charles G. Matthews Neuropsychology Lab at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center of the Mendota Mental Health Institute. She also worked for four years as a psychologist in Korea after receiving her master's degree in developmental psychology from the Catholic University of Korea.

Her work, both independently and collaboratively, has contributed to the field or rehabilitation and furthered our understanding in several important domains related to psychosocial adaptation to disability. Under the umbrella of psychosocial adjustment, the six topics listed below comprise the primary research areas she has been actively working and publishing in: (a) Co-existing disability and mental health issues; (b) Positive psychology and wellness among people with chronic illness and disability (CID); (c) Issues facing family and caregivers of people with CID; (d) Multicultural issues related to help-seeking behavior; (e) Vocational rehabilitation; and (f) Research methodology. Dr. Lee has also served as an executive board member for APA Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) and National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) and as an editorial board member for national and international Journals.


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (2007)
M.A., The Catholic University of Korea (1999)
B.A., The Catholic University of Korea (1997)

Research Interests

Co-existing disability and mental health issues

Positive psychology and wellness among people with chronic illness and disability (CID)

Issues facing family and caregivers of people with CID

Multicultural issues related to help-seeking behavior

Vocational rehabilitation

Research methodology

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Treasurer, Div. 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology), American Psychological Association



  • Blalock, K., Fong, C., Cardoso, E., Lee, E.-J., Iwanaga, K., Wu, J.-R., & Chen, X. (2022). Psychometric validation of the Scale for Ethnocultural Empathy in a sample of undergraduate and graduate students in Rehabilitation: A brief report. The manuscript was submitted to Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin. doi:10.1177/00343552221102395
  • Park, J., Lee, E.-J., Chun, J, & Robert, K. (2022). Service knowledge and public perception about vocational rehabilitation services for people with mental illness among Asian Americans. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
  • Ivins-Lukse, M., & Lee, E.-J. (2021). Self-compassion, stigma, and caregivers of transition-age youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Rehabilitation Psychology. 66(3), 265-272.
  • Corrigan, P. & Lee, E.-J. (2021). Family-centered decision making for East Asian adults with mental illness. Psychiatric Services72(1), 114-116.
  • Lee, E-J., Park, J., Chun, J., & Pi, S. (2020). State vocational rehabilitation services and employment outcomes for Asian Americans with psychiatric disabilities. Journal of Community Mental Health.56, 854-866.
  • Lee, E.-J., Ditchman, N., Thomas, J., & Tsen, J. (2019). Microaggressions experienced by people with MS in the workplace: An exploratory study using Sue’s taxonomy. Journal of Rehabilitation Psychology. 64(2), 179-193.
  • Chun, J., Pi, S., Lee, E-J., Park, J. (2018). An exploration of Asian Americans in the state VR system by disability type. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation. 60(2), 291-294.DOI: 10.3233/WOR-182729
  • Park, J. H., Lee, E.-J., Chun, J. & Ivins-Lukse, M. (2018). Factors affecting perceived stress among Korean caregivers of transition age youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities using the double ABCX model. Journal of Rehabilitation, 84, 5-12. 
  • Degeneffe, C. E., Lee, E.-J., & Lee, G. K. (2018). Family caregiving and adjustment: A multicultural perspective: Introduction and overview, Journal of Rehabilitation, 84, 3-4. 
  • DeDios-Stern, S., Lee, E.-J., & Nitsch, K. (2017). Utility and properties of the Brief COPE with caregivers. Rehabilitation Psychology, 62(4), 609-610.
  • DeDios-Stern, S., & Lee, E.-J. (2017). Blame, coping and psychosocial outcomes in caregivers of individuals with brain injury. Rehabilitation Psychology, 62(3), 353-362.
  • Lee, E.-J., Pieczynski, J., DeDios-Stern, S., Simontte, C., & Lee, G.-K. (2015).  Gender differences in caregiver strain, needs for support, social support, and quality of life among spousal caregivers of persons with multiple sclerosis. Work, 52, 777-787. DOI: 10.3233/WOR-152205
  • Fong, M.W. M., Lee, E.-J., Sheppard-Jones, K., & Bishop, M. (2015). Home functioning profiles in people with multiple sclerosis and their relation to disease characteristics and psychosocial functioning. Work, 52, 767-776. DOI:10.3233/WOR-152204


Ongoing research:

  • Family-centered decision making for Korean patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a randomized controlled, vignette-based study
  • Interview study of service knowledge, cultural values, and help-seeking behaviors among Asian Americans
  • Evaluating an Employment-Related Social Skills Training Program for Transition-Age Youth with Autism: a randomized controlled trial study


The experience of workplace microaggressions and quality of work life among adults with SCI funded by Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.

Development and evaluation of the technology career development, goal persistence, and job placement intervention program (Tech-Jobs) for Black/African American students with disabilities funded by National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Field Initiated Program (Development).

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