Dr. Jia Wu
Jia Rung
Wu
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor; faculty advisor for Rehabilitation Counseling (M-Z)
Counselor Education
College of Education
(773) 442-5551
Expertise
Dr. Wu is a certified rehabilitation counselor, a licensed professional counselor, and a licensed occupational therapist (in Taiwan). She has years of clinical experience working as an occupational therapist and a psychiatric rehabilitation counselor.
Courses Taught
COUN 403 Theories of Counseling
COUN 404 Assessment and Evaluation in Counseling
COUN 408 Research Seminar
COUN 409 Career Development
COUN 427 Diagnostic Systems for Counseling
COUN 434 Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Counseling
Research Interests
Health disparities and disability, positive psychology, motivation theories, transition, and demand-side employment
Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Rehabilitation Counselor Education, Ph.D.

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Rehabilitation Counseling, M.A.

National Changhua University of Education
Rehabilitation Counseling, M.S.

Fu Jen Catholic University
School of Medicine
Occupational Therapy, B.S.

Selected Publications

Brooks, J. M., Wu, J. R., Umucu, E., Storm, M., Chiu, C.-Y., Walker, R., & Fortuna, K. L. (2021). Key components of recovery predict occupational performance and health in peer support specialists. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/prj0000479

Iwanaga, K., Wu, J. R., Armstrong, A., Kaya, C., Dutta, A., Kundu, M., & Chan, F. (2021). Assessing perceived social support among African American college students with disabilities: A confirmatory factor analysis. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 34(2), 127-140.

Iwanaga, K., Wu, J. R, Chan, F., Rumrill, P., Wehman, P., Brooke, V., Avellone, L., & Taylor, J. (2021). A systematic review of systematic reviews of secondary health conditions, health promotion, and employment of people with intellectual disabilities. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counseling. Advance online publication. https://www.doi.org/10.1017/jrc.2021.2

Koch, L., Rumrill, P., Wu, J. R., Rumrill, S., Iwanaga, K., & Chan, F. (2021). Effective vocational rehabilitation services for improving the postsecondary educational and employment outcomes of young adults with traumatic brain injuries. Brain Injury Professional Magazine, 17(3), 15-20. 

Pfaller, J., Chan, F., Iwanaga, K., Wu, J. R., Rumrill, S., Chen, X., Lee, D & Berven, N. (2021). The international classification of functioning, disability, and health (ICF) as a participation model for people with multiple sclerosis: A hierarchical regression analysis. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counseling, 26(2),1-18. https://doi.org/10.1017/jrc.2020.15

Phillips, B. N., Iwanaga, K., Rumrill, S., Reyes, A., Wu, J. R., Fleming, A. R. and Chan, F. "Development and validation of the social motivation scale in people with disabilities." Rehabilitation Psychology (2021). https://doi.org/10.1037/rep0000343

Rumrill, P., Sánchez, J., Wu, J. R., Stuart, S., Iwanaga, K., Li, J., & Chan, F. (2021). Differences in employment concerns between Hispanic and Caucasian persons with multiple sclerosis: A propensity score matching analysis. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 54, 33-42. https://doi.org/10.3233/JVR-201115

Rumrill, S., Wu, J. R., Iwanaga, K., Lee, B., Chan, F., & Pfaller, J. (2021). Psychometric validation of a simplified version of the Multiple Sclerosis Self-Management Scale. Rehabilitation Research, Policy and Education, 35(3), 158-167. http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/RE-21-07

Umucu, E., Iwanaga, K., Alrabiah, A., Chan, F., Johnson, E., Wu, J. R., Strauser, D., Estala- Gutierrez, V., & Washington K. (2021). Examining factors affecting high diabetes rates in the United States: A brief report​. Submitted to Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education​, 35(1), 64-68. http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/RE-19-16

Wang M. H., Brooks J. M., Iwanaga K, Wu, J. R., Chen, X., Lee, B., Rumrill S., & Chan., F. (2021) Reducing the Effect of Functional Disability on Life Satisfaction of Persons with Polio in Taiwan: A Tri-Mediation Model. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin. https://doi.org/10.1177/0034355220980826

Wu, J. R., Brooks, J., Chan, F., Iwanaga, K., Ditchman, N., Chen, X., & Lee, B. (2021). Evaluating a self-determination theory model of physical activity and exercise in musculoskeletal pain: A structural equation modeling approach. Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education. 35, 248-262. http:// dx.doi.org/ 10.1891/RE-21-05

Wu, J. R., Kesselmayer, R. F., Smedema, S., Chen, X., Lee, B., Rumrill, S., Pfaller, J., & Chan, F. (2020). Psychometric properties of the World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule in people with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. DOI:10.3233/JVR-191071

Lee, B., Pfaller, J., Iwanaga, K., Chen, X., Wu, J. R., & Chan, F. (2020). Core self-evaluations as a mediator of the relationship between stress and quality of life in women with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. DOI:10.3233/JVR-191066

Umucu, E., Wu, J. R., Sanchez, J., Brooks, J. M., Chiu, C. Y., Tu, W. M., & Chan, F. (2019) Psychometric validation of the PERMA-profiler as a well-being measure for student veterans, Journal of American College Health. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2018.1546182

Wu, J. R., Iwanaga, K., Chen, X, Lee, B., Umucu, E., Tao, J., Grenawalt, T.A., Pfaller, J., Chan, F. (2019). Psychometric validation of the Brief Multiple Sclerosis Community Participation Scale. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 51(1), 33-39. DOI:10.3233/JVR-191023

Bezyak, J. L., Umucu, E., Wu, J. R., Lee, B., Chen, X., Iwanaga, K., ... & Chan, F. (2018). Strategies for recruiting, engaging and retaining members in a community of practice for disability employment: A qualitative content analysis. Journal of Rehabilitation, 84(2), 40-47.

Brooks, J., Costigan, K., Wu, J. R., Chen, X., Bengtson, K., Chan, F., Iwanaga, K., & Chiu, C. Y. (2018). Motivation and readiness for physical activity and exercise behavior among people with chronic musculoskeletal pain: A brief report. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counseling, 24 (1), 27-34. 

Brooks, J., Hucks, G., Iwanaga, K., Chan, F., Wu, J. R., Finnicum, C. A., Brinck, E., & Estala-Gutierrez, V. (2018). Towards an integration of the health promotion models of self-determination theory and theory of planned behavior among people with chronic pain. Rehabilitation Psychology, 63 (4), 553–562. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/rep0000245

Iwanaga, K., Chen, X., Wu, J. R., Lee, B., Grenawalt, T.A., Chan, F., Bezyak, J. & Tansey, T. N. (2018). Assessing disability inclusion climate in the workplace: A brief report. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 49(2), 265-271.

Iwanaga, K., Wu, J. R., Chen, X., Lee, B., Reyes, A., Phillips, B., Pfaller, J., & Chan F. (2018). Person-environment contextual factors as mediators for the relationship between symptom cluster and employment outcome in multiple sclerosis. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 48, 197-206.

Tansey, T. N., Smedema, S., Umucu, E., Iwanaga, K., Wu, J. R., Cardoso, E., & Strauser, D. (2018). Assessing college life adjustment of students with disabilities: Application of the PERMA framework. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 61(3), 131-142. DOI: 10.1177/0034355217702136. 

Umucu, E., Brooks, J., Lee, B., Iwanaga, K., Wu, J. R., Chen, A., & Chan, F. (2018) Measuring dispositional optimism in student veterans: An item response theory analysis. Military Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/08995605.2018.1522161.

Umucu, E., Iwanaga, K., Wu, J. R., Brooks, J., Ditchman, N., Flowers-Benton, S. & Chan, F. (2018). Preliminary validation of a short-form of the Perceived Stress Questionnaire for use in clinical rehabilitation counseling research and practice. Rehabilitation Research, Policy and Education, 32(4), 232-243.

Chan, F., Tansey, T. N., Chronister, J., McMahon, T. B., Iwanaga, K., Wu, J. R., Chen, X., Lee, B., Bengtson, K., Umucu, E., Flowers, S, & Moser, E. (2017). Rehabilitation counseling practice in state vocational rehabilitation and the effect of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 48(3), 20-28.

Selected Exhibitions

Dutta, A., Kundu, M., Wu, J. R., Iwanaga, K., Chan, F., Boen, R., Ruiz, D., Merckerson, C (2020, April). Evaluating career self-efficacy of African Americans college students with disabilities. Poster presentation at the 20th annual meeting of the National Rehabilitation Educators Conference, National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), San Diego, Calif.

Lee, B., Pfaller, J., Iwanaga, K., Chen, X., Wu, J. R., & Chan, F. (2020, April). Core self-evaluation as mediator between stress and quality of life in multiple sclerosis. Poster presentation at the 20th annual meeting of the National Rehabilitation Educators Conference, National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), San Diego, Calif.

Kundu, K., Cardoso, E., & Wu, J. R. (2019, July). Transition engagement of African American youth with disabilities: A serial mediation model. Concurrent session at the 26th annual training conference of National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (NAMRC), Atlanta, Ga. 

Wu, J. R., Brooks, J., Iwanaga, K., Chen, X., Lee, B. Tao, J., & Chan, F. (2019, April). A self-determination theory for physical activity engagement among people with chronic musculoskeletal pain. Poster presentation at the 19th annual meeting of the National Rehabilitation Educators Conference, National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), San Diego, Calif.

Wu, J. R., Iwanaga, K., Grenawalt, T., Mpofu, N., Chen, X., & Lee, B. (2019, April). Employer practices for integrating people with disabilities. Poster presentation at the 19th annual meeting of the National Rehabilitation Educators Conference, National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), San Diego, Calif.

Lee, B., Kaya, C., Chen, X., Wu, J. R., Iwanaga, K., & Chan, F. (2019, April). The buffering effect of character strengths on depression in Turkish college students. Poster presentation at the 19th annual meeting of the National Rehabilitation Educators Conference, National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), San Diego, Calif.

Chen, X., Lee, B., Wu, J. R., Iwanaga, K., Tansey, T., & Chan, F. (2019, April). Employer practices for customized training efforts for people with disabilities: A scoping review. Poster presentation at the 19th annual meeting of the National Rehabilitation Educators Conference, National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), San Diego, Calif.

Chen, X., Lee, B., Wu, J. R., Iwanaga, K., Muller, V., & Chan, F. (2019, April). Participation as mediator for the relationship between disability and life satisfaction in fibromyalgia. Poster presentation at the 19th annual meeting of the National Rehabilitation Educators Conference, National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), San Diego, Calif.

Chen, X., Wu, J. R., Tao, J., Tansey, T., Wang, M. H., & Lin, C. P. (2019, April). Motivational interviewing for rehabilitation professionals in China. Poster presentation at the 19th annual meeting of the National Rehabilitation Educators Conference, National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), San Diego, Calif.

Wu, J. R., Iwanaga, K., Chen, X., Lee, B., Tansey, T. & Chan, F (2018, November). Psychometric validation of the Brief Multiple Sclerosis Community Participation Scale. Concurrent session at the fifth ICF International Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. 

Wu, J. R., Iwanaga, K., Chen, X., Lee, B., Umucu, E., Pfaller, J., Tao, J., & Chan, F. (2018, March). Psychometric validation of a brief participation scale for people with multiple sclerosis. Poster presentation at the 18th annual meeting of the National Rehabilitation Educators Conference, National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), Anaheim, Calif.

Additional Information

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) Mary Switzer Merit Research Fellow. (Grant #90SFGE0035-01-00)

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Fall 2022
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