Articles From the Field

The following are articles from researchers in the field of disability issues in psychology. 

Attitudes Toward Disability

  • Alphen, L.M., Dijker, A.J.M., Bos, A.E.R., Borne, B.H.W., Curfs, L.M.G. (2012). The influence of group size and stigma severity on social acceptance: The case of people with intellectual disability moving into neighbourhoods. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 22(1), 38-49.

  • Balcazar, F.E., Suarez-Balcazar, Y., Adames, S.B., Keys, C.B., García-Ramírez, M., Paloma, V. (2012). A case study of liberation among Latino immigrant families who have children with disabilities. American Journal of Community Psychology, 49(1-2), 283-293.

  • Moore, E.A. (2012). Black deaf administrators: Leadership issues and perceived challenges to organizational advancement. Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences, 72(10-A), 3590.

  • Scior, K., Furnham, A. (2011). Development and validation of the intellectual disability literacy scale for assessment of knowledge, beliefs and attitudes to intellectual disability. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32(5), 1530-1541.

  • Shaw, L.R., Chan, F., McMahon, B.T. (2012). Intersectionality and disability harassment: The interactive effects of disability, race, age, and gender. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 55(2), 82-91.

  • Yuker, H.E. (1983). The lack of a stable order of preference for disabilities: A response to Richardson and Ronald. Rehabilitation Psychology®, 28(2), 93-103.

  • Yuker, H.E., Hurley, M.K. (1987). Contact with and attitudes toward persons with disabilities: The measurement of intergroup contact. Rehabilitation Psychology, 32(3), 145-154.


  • Balcazar, F.E., Kelly, E.H., Keys, C.B., Balfanz-Vertiz, K. (2011). Using peer mentoring to support the rehabilitation of individuals with violently acquired spinal cord injuries. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 42(4), 3-11.

  • Daughtry, D., Gibson, J., Abels, A. (2009). Mentoring students and professionals with disabilities. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice®, 40(2), 201-205.

  • Ljungberg, I., Kroll, T., Libin, A., Gordon, S. (2011). Using peer mentoring for people with spinal cord injury to enhance self‐efficacy beliefs and prevent medical complications. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20(3-4), 351-358.

  • Struchen, M.A., Davis, L.C., Bogaards, J.A., Hudler-Hull, T., Clark, A.N., Mazzei, D.M., Sander, A.M., Caroselli, J.S. (2011). Making connections after brain injury: Development and evaluation of a social peer- mentoring program for persons with traumatic brain injury. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 26(1), 4-19.

Employment and Disability

  • Balcazar, F.E., Taylor-Ritzler, T., Dimpfl, S., Portillo-Peña, N., Guzman, A., Schiff, R., Murvay, M. (2012). Improving the transition outcomes of low-income minority youth with disabilities. Exceptionality, 20(2), Apr, 114-132.

  • Green, P. (2011). Unemployment rates of mentally disabled people and the Americans with Disabilities Act: A qualitative study. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 72(3-B), 1816.

  • Paludi, M.A., DeSouza, E.R., Dodd, D.E. (2011). Disability discrimination. In Paludi, M.A., Paludi, C.A., Jr., DeSouza, E.R. (Eds), Praeger handbook on understanding and preventing workplace discrimination (Vols 1 & 2), (pp. 17-44). Santa Barbara, CA, US: Praeger/ABC-CLIO, xix, 343 pp.

Training Issues

  • Green, D., Callands, T.A., Radcliffe, A.M., Luebbe, A.M., Klonoff, E.A. (2009). Clinical psychology students' perceptions of diversity training: A study of exposure and satisfaction. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 65(10), 1056-1070.
  • Mahoney, J. (2011). Women With Disabilities: Providing Women's Health Clinicians the Training Needed. American Psychological Association [Convention]. Washington, D.C., Aug 4.
  • Palombi, B.J. (2010). Disability: Multiple and intersecting identities—Developing multicultural competencies.  In Cornish, J.A.E., Schreier, B.A., Nadkarni, L.I., Metzger, L.H., Rodolfa, E.R., (Eds). Handbook of multicultural counseling competencies, (pp. 55-92). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.


  • Dator, J.W., Lombardy, M.F. (2011). Efficacy and validity of cognitive assessment instructions for individuals with visual impairments. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

  • Harrison, A.G., Holmes, A. (2012). Easier said than done: Operationalizing the diagnosis of learning disability for use at the postsecondary level in Canada. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 27(1), 12-34.


  • Chiu, C.-Y., Lynch, R.T., Chan, F., Berven, N.L. (2011). The Health Action Process Approach as a motivational model for physical activity self-management for people with multiple sclerosis: A path analysis. Rehabilitation Psychology, 56(3), 171-181.

  • Rath, J.F., Hradil, A.L., Litke, D.R., Diller, L. (2011). Clinical applications of problem-solving research in neuropsychological rehabilitation: Addressing the subjective experience of cognitive deficits in outpatients with acquired brain injury. Rehabilitation Psychology, 56(4), 320-328.


  • Lancioni, G.E., O’Reilly, M.F.; Singh, N.N., Green, V.A., Oliva, D., Buonocunto, F., Colonna, F., Navarro, J. (2012). Special text messaging communication systems for persons with multiple disabilities. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 15(1), 31-38.

  • Lancioni, G.E., Singh, N.N., O’Reilly, M.F., Sigafoos, J., La Martire, M.L., Oliva, D., Groeneweg, J. (2012) Technology-based programs to promote walking fluency or improve foot-ground contact during walking: Two case studies of adults with multiple disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 33(1), 111-118.

  • Olsheski, J.D., Walker, B.N., & McCloud, J. (2011). In-Vehicle Assistive Technology (IVAT) for drivers who have survived a traumatic brain injury. Proceedings of the 13th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS2011), Dundee, Scotland (24-26 October, 2011).

  • Walker, B.N., Lindsay, J., & Godfrey, J. (2004). The Audio Abacus: Representing numerical values with nonspeech sound for the visually impaired. Proceedings of the Sixth International ACM SIGCAPH Conference on Assistive Technologies ASSETS 2004, Atlanta (18-20 October).

Disability and Caregiving

  • Patnaik, A., Elliott, T.R., Moudouni, D.M., Fournier, C.J., Naiser, E., Miller, T.R., Dyer, J.A., Hawes, C., Phillips, C.D. (2011). Severity of children's intellectual disabilities and Medicaid personal care services. Rehabilitation Psychology, 56(4), 383-390.

  • Blucker, R.T., Elliott, T.R., Warren, R.H., Warren, A.M. (2011). Psychological adjustment of family caregivers of children who have severe neurodisabilities that require chronic respiratory management. Families, Systems, & Health, 29(3), 215-231.