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Tansey to receive Researcher of Year honor from National Council on Rehabilitation Education

March 04, 2016

UW-Madison’s Timothy Tansey will be receiving the Researcher of the Year award from the National Council on Rehabilitation Education.

This award recognizes recent research in the field of rehabilitation education. Tansey will receive the honor at the annual National Rehabilitation Educators Conference at Newport Beach, California, in April.

Tansey is an assistant professor of rehabilitation psychology with the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education.

Tim Tansey
In his nomination letter for the award, Malachy Bishop writes how Tansey has “established himself as one of the most productive rehabilitation counseling researchers in the field, and how his record of meaningful, applicable and relevant research over the past decade has benefitted the profession, rehabilitation education and, most importantly, persons with disabilities.”

Bishop, an alumnus of UW-Madison, is a professor and rehabilitation counseling doctoral program coordinator at the University of Kentucky.

Tansey’s research is focused on evaluating the theoretical linkages among variables organized under the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health model.  To date, he has published or has in press 44 refereed journal articles and seven scholarly book chapters on such topics as career counseling, statistical concepts in assessment and multicultural issues in assessment. 

Since 2001, Tansey has served as principal investigator, co-principal investigator or co-investigator on 10 federally funded projects with a total funding level of $58 million.

Most recently, Tansey and his collaborators have been successful in obtaining funding for two projects that started in October 2015. His collaboration with researchers at Southern University and other partners was awarded $12.5 million for a proposal titled, “Targeted Communities Technical Assistance Center.” The second project, conducted in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Stout and Michigan State University, was awarded $2.5 million for a proposal titled, “Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance in State Vocational Rehabilitation.” (Read more about these projects here.)

Concludes Bishop in his nomination letter: “ … I believe that his efforts in the last two years are particularly worthy of recognition, and I am fully convinced that every single member of the NCRE community will agree that this recognition as rehabilitation counseling researcher of the year should go to Timothy Tansey.”