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Paul Wehman, Ph.D.

Chairman Division of Research, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,
Director of Autism Center for Excellence, Director of VCU-RRTC


Dr. Paul Wehman is a Virginia Commonwealth University 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 pioneered the development of supported employment at VCU in the early 1980s and has been heavily involved in the use of supported employment with people who have severe disabilities, such as those with severe intellectual disabilities, brain injury, spinal cord injury or autism.

Dr. Wehman serves as Director of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities and the Director of the VCU Autism Center for Excellence (ACE). He  has researched, written, instructed and presented extensively on issues related to transition from school to adulthood and special education as it relates for young adulthood. He has published more than 200 articles, 114 book chapters, and authored or edited 43 books. 

He has most recently been the recipient of the 2014 Princeton Lecture Series Fellowship through Eden Autism Services  Past honors include  the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.-Foundation International Award in Mental Retardation, Mary Switzer Fellow for the National Rehabilitation Association in 1985, and the Distinguished Service Award from the President's Committee on Employment for Persons with Disabilities in October 1992.  Dr. Wehman received the VCU Distinguished Service Award in 2001 and was recognized as one of the 50 most influential special educators of the millennium by a national survey coordinated by the Remedial and Special Education journal (December 2000).

He is founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. He has been the principal investigator of more than $70 million worth of federal grants since being at VCU. 

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