D. Shane Koch | Rehabilitation Institute | SIU

Southern Illinois University



D. Shane Koch

Former Professor (Rh.D., CRC, CSADC, AADC)


Program Affiliation: Rehabilitation Counselor Training
Office: Rehn 311A
Phone: 618-453-8949
Email: dskoch@siu.edu

We honor the contributions and accomplishments of Dr. Shane Koch.

Dr. Darwin "Shane" Koch passed away early morning on Friday, 5/14/2021 as a result of his battle with cancer. Dr. Koch spent over 15 years teaching in the Rehabilitation Institute, where our BAT program was housed under. Dr. Koch served on numerous BAT thesis and dissertation committees and projects. Those of us who had the privilege of taking a class with him, being mentored by him, or simply having a conversation with him know how compassionate, kind, and genuine he was.

Dr. Koch leaves behind his three children, two parents, a sister, and a partner. He also leaves behind a research team, compromised of many of our BAT doctoral candidates, who I am certain will continue his legacy.

—Dr. Natalia Baires, former doctoral student and current BAT Clinical Assistant Professor

Specializations: Special Populations in Rehabilitation; Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Disabilities; Program Evaluation.

Dr. Koch is a Professor in the College of Education and Human Services. His professional background includes extensive work with consumers diagnosed with primary and coexisting alcohol and other drug abuse disabilities. Prior to becoming a rehabilitation educator, he served in various settings as a counselor, program evaluator, clinical director and program director.

Currently, he serves as the Co-editor for the Rehabilitation Counselors' and Educators' Journal. Dr. Koch is the author of twenty-six professional publications, six book chapters and seventeen technical and research reports. He has made over eighty refereed presentations and fifty invited presentations at state, national and international professional conferences. Dr. Koch has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on fourteen funded research grants and four teaching grants. While on faculty at the University of North Texas Dr. Koch served as Coordinator of Rehabilitation Studies and Co-Director of the Institute for Studies in Addictions. He served as a past vice president and board member of the National Association on Alcohol, Drugs, and Disability (NAADD) and as a board member on both the Texas Certification Board of Addictions Professionals and the International Coalition of Addiction Science Educators. Dr Koch served as the editor of the Journal of Teaching in the Addictions from 2005 through 2009.

Dr. Koch is a graduate of the Rh.D program at the Rehabilitation Institute, where he was the 1996 recipient of the Lorenz Baker Award. In 2004, the International Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors selected Dr. Koch as the Counselor Educator of the Year. In 2011, he received the College of Education and Human Services Outstanding Scholar Award. He is a certified rehabilitation counselor, certified supervisor for AODA counselors, and an internationally certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor.

Dr. Koch has been a faculty member at the Rehabilitation Institute since 2005.