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Charles (Chuck) Edmund Degeneffe, PhD is a Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling at San Diego State University (SDSU). Chuck is the Coordinator of the SDSU Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling Program. He also directs the Specialization and Certificate Programs in Cognitive Disabilities.

Chuck completed his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and joined SDSU and the Interwork Institute in August 2005. Chuck previously was an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling at California State University, Fresno from 2002 to 2005. Chuck's other academic degrees include a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Chuck holds the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor credential. He has over 14 years experience in direct care residential support, supported employment, and counseling and case management. Chuck's clinical work has specialized on providing supports to persons with cognitive disabilities, including those with acquired brain injuries, intellectual disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders, and learning disabilities.

Chuck's primary research interests focus on adjustment and caregiving for family members of persons with acquired brain injuries, with a secondary focus on professional issues within rehabilitation counseling education. He has published his work in such outlets as Brain Injury, Rehabilitation Psychology, Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, The Journal of Rehabilitation, Social Work, The Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, and The Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counseling. Chuck has also presented his research at the annual meetings of the American Psychological Association, the National Council on Rehabilitation Education, the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, and the Brain Injury Associations of California and Wisconsin.

Chuck is on the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal, Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education and is an Ad Hoc reviewer for Rehabilitation Psychology, Disability and Rehabilitation, and Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin. Chuck is on the Board of Directors for the Council on Rehabilitation Education, and is a former President of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education. Chuck is also a former Commissioner for the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. Chuck is originally from the Milwaukee area. He enjoys tennis and bike riding in addition to watching his beloved Green Bay Packers play whenever possible. Chuck, his wife Tamara, and daughter Sophia enjoy the beauty of San Diego and love to travel whenever possible.

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Wendy Bracken, EdD
Program Faculty Director
EdD in Community College Leadership

Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, & Postsecondary Education (ARPE/Interwork Institute)
San Diego State University
Education & Business Administration 246
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182

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Monday –  Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.