CRER Phone Directory
Dr. Daniel Lustig, Ph.D, CRC, is the Director for the Center for Rehabilitation and Employment Research,
as well as Professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research
at The University of Memphis. Prior to his current employment he taught at Auburn
University in the Department of Rehabilitation and Special Education, worked as a
Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist with the Veterans Administration, and as a vocational
evaluator with the State of Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation and the Milwaukee Center
Dr. Lustig is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and continues to provide vocational
expertise in a consulting capacity to several local and federal agencies. Dr. Lustig
has published over fifty articles related to topics in rehabilitation counseling.
Dr. Stephan Zanskas, Ph.D., CRC, is the Co-Director the Center for Rehabilitation and Employment Research,
as well as Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology
and Research at The University of Memphis. He earned his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counselor
Education from Michigan State University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor
in Michigan and Wisconsin and a nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Dr.
Zanskas has extensive experience as a rehabilitation counselor in private for profit,
non-profit, and public employment settings. He has held employment as a work adjustment
specialist, vocational evaluator, job placement specialist, hospital based rehabilitation
counselor, chemical dependency counselor, therapist, vocational rehabilitation counselor,
clinical supervisor and administrator. His research interests include psychosocial
adjustment to disability, disability management, ethics, and professional issues.
Dr. Richard K. James, PhD, is a Professor in the Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research Department,
and the Program Coordinator of the School Counseling concentration at the University
of Memphis. Dr. James provides extensive counseling experience and psychological assessment
expertise to the Center. Prior to his roles at the University of Memphis, Dr. James
worked both as a School Counselor in Illinois and as a Counselor in the Federal Correction
System and community mental health centers, and served as the Director of a nationally
validated Title III ESEA program for the socially mal-adjusted and emotionally disturbed
children. Aside from his work at the Center and as a Professor, Dr. James is involved
extensively with school counseling programs in Tennessee and trains police officers
in Crisis Intervention with the mentally ill. Dr. James has published a number of
articles related to School Counseling and Crisis Intervention, including the acclaimed
book Crisis Intervention Strategies, and co-authored one of the most used Counseling Theories textbook, Counseling and Psychotherapy.
Dr. David F. Roberts, PhD, CRC, CVE is the Coordinator for the Training and Technical Assistance Project
at the Center. As the Coordinator, Dr. Roberts conducts research as well as designs
in-service training for the Department of Rehabilitation Services staff. Prior to
his role at the University of Memphis, Dr. Roberts provided the state of Tennessee
his expertise in Vocational Rehabilitation as the State Director for the Tennessee
Technology Access Project, which implemented state-wide assistive technology programs
for persons with disabilities. Dr. Roberts served as the Director of Rehabilitation
and Vocational Evaluation in Amarillo, Texas, and prior to his duties as the director,
he worked as a Vocational Evaluator and a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Texas.
Dr. Roberts has published over a dozen articles and presented papers related to Rehabilitation
Counseling and Rehabilitation Education throughout his career; he maintains his affiliations
with several professional Rehabilitation Associations, including serving as board
member for one and journal editor for another.
Dr. Lavonnie Perry Claybon, Ph.D. is the Director of the Mid-South Access Center for Technology, where she is
responsible for implementing, coordinating, and evaluating a comprehensive Assistive
Technology Program that provides services to individuals of all ages with disabilities.
For over 27 years, Dr. Perry Claybon has worked as an expert in the fields of education,
human development, budgetary management, assistive technology, and professional development
and training. She has presented at local and national conferences in her various fields
of experience. Her publications include an article on diversity and an interview published
in the HR Executive Magazine. Aside from her work in human resources, assistive technology,
and human development and job training, Dr. Perry Claybon has taught land-based classroom
and online classes with focal points on education technology, teacher education, research,
and learning disabilities for the University of Memphis, George Washington University,
and Drexel University.
Tommy Winston, Jr. M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling, is a Rehabilitation Assistive Technology Specialist
with several years of experience in the field of vocational rehabilitation. He has
experience with working with individuals with disabilities. That population includes
individuals with hearing impairments, visual impairments, and various physical and/or
psychosocial disabilities. Prior to coming to Memphis, Tommy worked with individuals
with disabilities in the states of Mississippi and Arkansas. Currently, Tommy works
at Mid-South Access Center for Technology with individuals who have physical and/or
intellectual disabilities to access tasks using assistive technology strategies and/or
Mary Washington, M.A. CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with over 25 years of experience
in various settings, including public schools, hospitals, clinics, and early intervention.
She has experience with both children and adults with various speech/language disorders,
including oral motor disorders, mealtime/feeding, severe speech impairments, non-verbal
disorders, autism, and verbal apraxia of speech. She worked with children with a variety
of disabilities (including cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, and stroke) at
the Shrine School. Her primary interests are early language development, augmentative
communication, assistive technology, and apraxia of speech. Ms. Washington retired
from Memphis City Schools, where she served as chairperson of the Assistive Technology
Team. She was published several articles and presented at regional and national conferences.
She maintains a professional membership in the American-Speech-Language Hearing Association
and the Special Interest Division 12, Augmentative-Alternative Communication. Ms.
Washington earned her Bachelor of Science Education and Master of Arts in Speech-Language
Pathology from the University of Memphis.