Paul Wehman

Paul Wehman, Ph.D.

Chairman Division of Research, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Director of Autism Center for Excellence, Director of VCU-RRTC | 804-828-1852 | Curriculum vita: PDF  


Dr. Wehman has served as the Director for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (VCU-RRTC) for over 27 years.  He has been part of a group of professionals, researchers, and advocates dedicated to the hiring, advancement, and retention of individuals with significant disabilities in competitive employment, with a concentration on services to persons with physical disabilities such as spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury and who are typically underrepresented populations in employment and rehabilitation.

He is a Professor of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Chairman of Rehabilitation Research with a joint appointment in the Departments of Special Education and Disability Policy and Rehabilitation Counseling. He received the VCU School of Medicine Research Recognition Award, June, 2007 and was elected Life Long Emeritus Member of APSE: The Employment Network, August, 2006 (an organization dedicated to the employment of people with significant disabilities). He has written, co-authored, or edited 42 commercially published books and written over 200 journal articles, mostly in the transition and employment areas. He is on several editorial boards and has been Editor of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation for 18 years. Dr. Wehman is the parent of two children with disabilities.

University Affiliations:

VCU School of Allied Health Professions

VCU Department of Rehabilitation Counseling

VCU Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

VCU School of Education

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Directs and oversees all projects of RRTC




Wehman, P., Schall, C., McDonough, J., Molinelli, A., Riehle, E., Ham, W. & Thiss, W. (2012). Project SEARCH for Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorders: Increasing Competitive Employment On. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 0, .

Cimera, R., Wehman, P., West, M. & Burgess, S. (2012). Do Sheltered Workshops Enhance Employment Outcomes for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder?. Autism, 16(1), 87-94.

Wehman, P. (2012). Editorial. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 36(1), .

Wehman, P. (2012). Transition from School to Work: Where are we and where do we need to go?. Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, , .

Schall, C., Wehman, P. & McDonough, J. (2012). Transition from school to work for students with ASD; Understanding the process and achieving better outcomes. Pediatric Clinics of North America, 29(1), 189-202.

Wehman, P. (2011). Employment for Persons with Disabilities: Where are we now and where do we need to go?. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation , 35(3), 145-151.

Wehman, P. (2011). JVR 20th Anniversary- Editor’s Introduction. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation , 35(3), 143.


March 26, 2013 - Presentation to Henrico County Special Education Advisory Committee--Best Practices in Transition from School to Adulthood . - Richmond, Virginia.

November 10, 2012 - Keynote presentation at Life in the Community Conference and Resource Fair, Hanover ARC, Autism Society of Central VA, Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond. - Mechanicsville, Virginia.

October 24, 2012 - Present to Division on Career Development and Transition Conference. Interventions that Work – Regional Pre-conference day. - Denver, Colorado.

October 24,2012 - National Public Radio- broadcast interview by John Ogle: Grant Allows VCU to Expand Autism Work Training. WCV-Archive-Science Matters.

October 10, 2012 - Keynote presenter for Cooperative Education Services Conference on Autism, Leir Foundation. Youth with Autism going to work and college after leaving school. - Ridgefield, Connecticut.