Paul Wehman, Ph.D.

Professor, Counseling and Special Education

Paul Wehman, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in behavioral disabilities/rehabilitation psychology, University of Wisconsin
  • M.S. in general/experimental psychology, Illinois State University
  • B.B.A. in business administration, Western Illinois University

Research interests

Transition from school to adulthood, brain injury, autism, supported employment, educational policy in special education, disability policy, assistive technology, Internet applications for people with disabilities, employment and public policy for people with traumatic brain injury, physical handicaps and developmental disabilities

Career highlights

  • Received the 2014 Princeton Lecture Series Fellowship from Eden Autism Services
  • Received the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation International Award in Mental Retardation
  • Selected as a Mary Switzer Fellow by the National Rehabilitation Association in 1985
  • Earned the Distinguished Service Award from the President’s Committee on Employment for Persons with Disabilities in 1992, and the VCU Distinguished Service Award in 2001

Recent publications/projects

  • Schall, C., Wehman, P., Brooke, V., Graham, C., McDonough, J., Brooke, & Allen, J. (2015). Employment interventions for individuals with ASD: The relative efficacy of supported employment with or without prior Project SEARCH training. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10803-015-2426-5.
  • Wehman, P., Sima, A., Ketchum, J. M., West, M. D., Chan, F., & Luecking, R. (2014). Predictors of successful transition from school to employment for youth with disabilities. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi:10:1007/s10926-014-9541-6.
  • Sima, A., Wehman, P., Chan, F., & Luecking, R. (2014). An evaluation of at-risk factors related to employment outcomes for youth with disabilities. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/2165143414534887.


In addition to his work with the Department of Special Education and Disability Policy, Dr. Paul Wehman holds a joint appointment as a professor in VCU’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and serves as director of both the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities and the VCU Autism Center for Excellence.

Wehman pioneered the development of supported employment at VCU in the early 1980s and, throughout his career, has been heavily involved in the use of supported employment for people who have severe disabilities, such as those with brain injuries, spinal cord injuries or autism.

He has researched, written, instructed and presented extensively on issues related to the transition from school to adulthood for those with disabilities, as well as on special education and young adulthood. He has published more than 200 articles, 115 book chapters and authored or edited 43 books.

In addition to numerous other professional awards, Wehman was recognized as one of the 50 most influential special educators of the millennium in a national survey coordinated by the Remedial and Special Education journal in December 2000.

In February 2015, Wehman and his co-authors received the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association Research Award for their article, “Effect of Supported Employment on Vocational Rehabilitation Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Case Control Study,” published in the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Wehman is the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation and has been the principal investigator of more than $70 million worth of federal grants during his career at VCU.

Curriculum Vitae

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