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Dr. Fabricio E. Balcazar, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Balcazar’s primary research interest is in developing effective strategies for enhancing consumer empowerment and personal effectiveness among individuals with disabilities. Dr. Balcazar has conducted research over the past 25 years on several disability-related areas, such as:
- Development of systematic approaches for the effective involvement of people with disabilities in consumer advocacy organizations
- Development and evaluation of a model service delivery approach to increase consumers’ empowerment in the VR service delivery system
- The development of interventions for helping Latino youth with disabilities who have dropped out of high school return to education and/or find jobs they can keep
- Development of interventions to help minority students with disabilities transition into employment (including the development of entrepreneurial skills and start-ups for small businesses) and career development
- Promotion of cultural competence in rehabilitation services
Dr. Balcazar has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and recently co-edited a book entitled Race, Culture and Disability: Issues in Rehabilitation Research and Practice. Dr. Balcazar is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.