Faculty Directory


Eileen J. Burker, PhD, CRC

Division Director and Professor
Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
and Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry

  • BA, Rider University
  • MA, Rehabilitation Counseling with an emphasis in Vocational Evaluation, master's level certificate in Gerontology: University of Georgia
  • MS, PhD, Clinical Psychology: Auburn University
  • Internship in Clinical Psychology, Duke University Medical Center
  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine, Duke University Medical Center

Research Interests: Quality of life before and after heart transplant, lung transplant, and VAD; vocational issues associated with chronic disease


Dara Chan, ScD, CRC

Assistant Professor
Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

  • BA, Tulane University
  • MHS, Rehabilitation Counseling: University of Florida
  • ScD, Rehabilitation Science: Boston University

    Research Interests: Community integration and resource use for people with physical and psychiatric disabilities; spatial analysis of accessibility and the environment using Geographic Information Systems (GIS).


    Mark R. Klinger, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
    (919) 843-4730

    • PhD, Psychology: University of Washington

    Research Interests: Cognitive neurosciences of autism; longitudinal outcomes of autism; transition to college and employment for adolescents with autism; learning disabilities

    Blaise Morrison

    Nominated Clinical Assistant Professor

    Research Interests:

    Caregiver quality of life issues, adjustment to disability, rehabilitation counseling and psychology, vocational rehabilitation, psychiatric rehabilitation (including substance use disorders), Alzheimer's and related neurocognitive disorders), health promotion and wellness (including mindfulness)



    Eniko Rak, PhD, CRC

    Assistant Professor
    Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

    • BA, Babes-Bolai University
    • PhD, Rehabilitation Counselor Education, Michigan State University

    Research Interests: Health literacy in relation to quality of life outcomes in mental health and employment in individuals with chronic illness & disability; international rehabilitation; professional identity development in graduate students



    Judy A. Schmidt, EdD, CRC, LPCA

    Clinical Assistant Professor
    Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

    • BA, Meredith College
    • MS, Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • EdD, Curriculum and Instruction for Higher Education, Argosy University

    Research Interests: Supported employment and supported education for people with psychiatric disabilities; anti-stigma and anti-bullying interventions for children with mental illness