About the Division

Division 22 was established in 1956 as an organization of psychologists concerned with the psychological and social consequences of disability and ways to prevent and ameliorate associated problems. At that time, most rehabilitation psychologists worked in universities or institutions treating people with disabilities. In recent years, however, the work settings, clientele, and functions of rehabilitation psychologists have expanded dramatically.

Rehabilitation psychologists work with people with diverse disabilities and chronic medical conditions across the life span. They are found in acute hospitals, rehabilitation centers, clinics, academic institutions, legislative offices, day treatment programs, independent practice, and industry.

The practice of Rehabilitation Psychology encompasses both “hands on” and indirect activities including clinical services to individuals with disabilities (acute or chronic) and their families, consultation to members of the treatment team, advocacy, research, shaping public policy, disability determination, education, and training. Rehabilitation psychologists are involved in patient care, conduct neuropsychological assessments, offer counseling (individual, family, and group), design and implement cognitive retraining procedures, teach stress and pain management techniques, conduct biofeedback, and develop behavior management protocols, as well as provide education to help prevent and manage chronic illness and disability. Others are engaged in research, creating new technologies, teaching in universities, and advising businesses and educational institutions about accommodation of people with disabilities. In all of these activities, members work toward achievement of a fundamental goal of the Division — to minimize barriers to full participation in society by persons with disabilities.

Division 22 embraces members with a great diversity of interests. We welcome professionals from other psychological specialties and fields associated with rehabilitation, as well as interested students.

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Chair: Sara E. Heinz, PsyD, ABPP
Clinical Psychologist
Louis Stokes VA Medical Center
Cleveland, OH

Incoming Chair/Co-Chair: Jerrold Yeo, PsyD
Neurorehabilitation Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, KS

Past Chair: Efrat Eichenbaum, PhD
Pain Psychologist
United Pain Center
St. Paul, MN