Staff Member

Paul Wehman

Paul Wehman, Ph.D.

Professor of Counseling and Special Education and Senior Research Scientist | 804-828-1852 | Curriculum vita: PDF  

Dr. Wehman has served as the Director for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (VCU-RRTC) for over 31 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 autism, brain injury, developmental disabilities and those who are typically underrepresented populations in employment, school and community integration, and rehabilitation. He has also been the Chairman of the Research Division of the VCU Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for 18 years.

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 was recognized as the Kenneth L. Estabrook Distinguished Research Scientist Lecturer by the Kessler Rehabilitation Foundation in 2010, was a recipient of the 2014 Princeton Lecture Series Fellowship by the Honorary Advisory Committee for the Eden Autism Services’ Princeton Lecture Series as a tribute to a career in the field of autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Foundation for Life Care Planning Research in 2014.

Dr. Wehman has written, co-authored, or edited 42 commercially published books and written over 200 journal articles, mostly in the areas of transition and employment. He is on several editorial boards and has been Editor of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation for 22 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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Special Honor

Named one of the Top 50 Most Influential Persons in the Field of Special Education for the Millennium, Journal of Remedial and Special Education, December 2000.


Directs and oversees all projects of RRTC




Inge, K., Graham, C., McLaughlin, J., Erickson, D., Wehman, P. & Seward, H. (2017). Evaluating the effectiveness of Facebook to impact the knowledge of evidence-based employment practices by individuals with traumatic brain injury: A knowledge translation random control study. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 0, 0.

Dillard, C., Ditchman, N., Nersessova, K., Foster, N., Wehman, P., West, M. & Neblett, J. (2017). Post-concussion symptoms in mild traumatic brain injury: Findings from a pediatric outpatient clinic. Disability and Rehabilitation, 39(6), 544-550.

Wehman, P., Schall, C., McDonough, J., Graham, C., Brooke, V., Riehle, E., Brooke, A., Ham, W., Lau, S., Allen, J. & Avellone, L. (2017). Effects of an employer-based intervention on employment outcomes for youth with significant support needs due to autism. Autism, 21(3), 276–290.

Wehman, P., Brooke, V., Brooke, A., Ham, W., Schall, C., McDonough, J., Lau, S., Seward, H. & Avellone, L. (2016). Employment for adults with autism spectrum disorders: A retrospective review of a customized employment approach. Research in Developmental Disabilities, , 61-72.

Kaya, C., Chan, D., Rumrill, P., Hartman, E., Wehman, P., Iwanga, K., Pai, C. & Avellone, L. (2016). Vocational rehabilitation services and competitive employment for transition-age youth with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 45(1), 73-83.

Schall, C., Wehman, P., Brooke, V., Graham, C., McDonough, J., Brooke, A., Ham, W., Rounds, R., Lau, S. & Allen, J. (2015). Employment Interventions for Individuals with ASD: The Relative Efficacy of Supported Employment With or Without Prior Project SEARCH Training. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(12), 3990–4001.

Rumrill, P., Wehman, P., Cimera, R., Dillard, C. & Chan, D. (2015). Vocational rehabilitation services and outcomes for transition-age youth with traumatic brain injuries. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 31(4), 288-295.

West, M., Targett, P., Wehman, P., Cifu, G. & Davis, J. (2015). Separation from supported employment: a retrospective chart review study. Disability and Rehabilitation, 37(12), 1055-1059.

Wehman, P., Sima, A., Ketchum, J., West, M., Chan, F. & Luecking, R. (2015). Predictors of Successful Transition from School to Employment for Youth with Disabilities. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 25(2), 323-334.

Wehman, P., Chan, F., Ditchman, N. & Kang, H. (2014). Effect of supported employment on vocational rehabilitation outcomes of transition-age youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities: A case control study. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 52(4), 296-310.

Wehman, P., Schall, C., McDonough, J., Kregel, J., Brooke, V., Brooke, A., Ham, W., Graham, C., Riehle, E., Collins, H. & Thiss, W. (2014). Competitive Employment for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Early Results from a Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44(3), 487–500.

Wehman, P., Schall, C., Carr, S., Targett, P., West, M. & Cifu, G. (2014). Transition From School to Adulthood for Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 25(1), 30-40.

Wehman, P., Targett, P., Schall, C. & Carr, S. (2014). Meaningful employment for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. , 0, 237-264.

Wehman, P., Chen, C., West, M. & Cifu, D. (2014). Transition planning for youth with traumatic brain injury: Findings from the National Longitudinal Transition Survey-2. NeuroRehabilitation, 34(2), 365-372.

Schall, C., Wehman, P. & Carr, S. (2014). Transition from high school to adulthood for young adults with ASD. , 0, 41-60.

Wehman, P., Lau, S., Molinelli, A., Brooke, V., Thompson, K., Moore, C. & West, M. (2012). Supported Employment for Young Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Preliminary Data. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 37(3), 1-10.

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., Gentry, T., West, M. & Arango-Lasprilla, J. (2009). Community integration: current issues in assistive technology and vocational rehabilitation for individuals with TBI. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 46(6), 1-10.

Arango-Lasprilla, J., Ketchum, J., Flores Stevens, L., Balcazar, F., Wehman, P., Forster, L. & Hsu, N. (2009). Ethnicity/Racial difference in employment outcomes following Spinal Cord Injury. NeuroRehabilitation, 24(1), 37 - 46.

Arango-Lasprilla, J., Ketchum, J., Williams, K., Kreutzer, J., Marquez de la Plata, C., O’Neil-Pirozzi, T. & Wehman, P. (2008). Racial differences in employment outcomes after traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 89(5), 988-995.


November 30, 2016 - St. Louis, Mo.  TASH Conference 2016. Keynote Speaker, Colloquium –Supported Employment for the most disenfranchised and challenged:  From the church basements to the Department of Justice—Where we are and where we need to go.

September 29, 2016 - Des Moines, IA.  Iowa APSE Employment Summit Keynote speaker, Transition from High School to Adulthood:  New Horizons for Youth with Disabilities. Breakout session presenting: Pathways to Competitive Employment for youth with Autism and other developmental Disabilities.  

September 12-13, 2016 - Denton , TX.  Panelist and Presenter at University of North Texas Research Symposium, President’s  Blue Ribbon Panel on Autism.

May 19, 2016 - Madison, WI. Keynote presentation at the RRTC on Evidence Based Practices in Vocational Rehabilitation 2016 Seminar. Critical issues for VR in the 21st Century: 2016-2020.

December 4, 2015 - New Orleans, LA. Keynote and session breakout at REACH conference for Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Human Development and Advocacy Council, Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council & APSE.

November 10, 2015 - Philadelphia, PA. Keynote speaker at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Center for Autism Research - Distinguished Lecture Series.

November 7, 2015 - Richmond, VA. Present Keynote at Life in the Community Conference on Autism by Society of Central Virginia, Down Syndrome Association of Richmond and Hanover ARC.

June 25, 2015 - Tallahassee, Fl., Presented to Florida State University College of Medicine Autism Institute.

June 10-11, 2015 - Columbia, MO. Presentations to University of Missouri- Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Evidence based employment intervention models: Pathways to Competitive Employment for Youth with Autism & Help! My child is graduating from High School, what do we do?

May 15, 2015 - Old Westbury, NY. Keynote presentation to NY State Regional Centers for Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference , SUNY College of Old Westbury. Evidence based employment models: Pathways to competitive employment for youth with autism.

October 17, 2014 - Baltimore, MD. Keynote and Breakout presentations at 14th Annual Autism Conference for Kennedy Krieger Institute, Center for Autism and related Disorders.

September 17, 2014 -  Nashville, TN. Present Keynote address at Think Employment Summit sponsored by Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and TennesseeWorks.

March 21, 2014 - Princeton, NJ. Speaker and award honoree, Eden Autism Services Princeton Lecture Series. Youth with Autism: Toward Full Participation in the Community.

March 19, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA. Present at 2nd Annual Autism Public Health Lecture for A.J. Drexel Autism Institute: Evidence based employment intervention models: Pathways to competitive employment for youth with Autism. Included pre-lecture talk, Community partners roundtable , ASERT life program discussion and AJDAI leadership discussion.

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.