Ph.D., CRC, Professor
Program Affiliation: Rehabilitation Counselor Training
Office: 322A Rehn Hall
Specializations: Brain Injury, Rehabilitation Counselor Education and Disability Attitudes
Dr. Thomas D. Upton is a Professor in the Rehabilitation Counselor Training Program at the Rehabilitation Institute, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He earned his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling from The University of Iowa (2000). Additionally, Dr. Upton has varied rehabilitation experiences. These include work in two comprehensive rehabilitation centers, as a senior state/federal vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselor, a private consultant for a private VR firm, and as a brain injury consultant who designed, provided, and replicated innovative treatment programs to enhance the social skills and employment opportunities of adults with brain injury. Dr. Upton actively mentors graduate students with disabilities and is involved in research projects with community agencies. Furthermore, he serves as an editorial consultant for the Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling and the Journal of Rehabilitation. His primary research interests include innovations in brain injury rehabilitation, rehabilitation counselor preparation, and disability attitudes.