Jina Chun

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison • CCWT Affiliate

Dr. Chun is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also serves as the Director for the Master’s program in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling. She earned her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counselor Education from Michigan State University and obtained her master’s degree in Rehabilitation Psychology from UW–Madison. With a clinical background as a certified rehabilitation counselor, Dr. Chun brings valuable expertise from her experience working with transition-aged youth to working-age adults with disabilities, along with their families, in vocational contexts at community rehabilitation agencies in both Korea and Madison, Wisconsin.

Dr. Chun’s research focuses on career development and engagement processes and their impact on the quality of life for transition-aged youth with disabilities. She is deeply committed to supporting autistic transition-aged youth and comprehensively understanding the challenges and expectations faced by various stakeholders, including caregivers and practitioners, throughout their vocational transition journey. Additionally, she identifies and addresses service gaps that affect families and individuals with disabilities as they transition into adulthood and enter the workforce. Dr. Chun also leads program development tailored to autistic transition-aged youth, aiming to foster self-efficacy, cultivate disability and vocational identity, and facilitate positive career trajectories during the transition into adulthood and the workforce.

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Recent Publications

Chun, J., Kim, J., Lee, M., & Richard, C. (2024). Navigating the career development of students with disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 1-17.

Chun, J., Zhou, K., Rumrill, S., & Tittelbach, T. (2023). STEM career pathways for transition-age youth with disabilities. Rehabilitation Research Policy and Education, 37(1), 1-13.

Chun, J., Kuo, H. J., Curtiss, S. L., Lee, G. K., Lee, H-K., & Awadu, J. (2023). The interplay of supports and barriers during the transition to adulthood for youth on the autism spectrum. Disability and Rehabilitation, 45(18), 2879-2889.

Lee, G. K., Curtiss, S., Kuo, H. J., Chun, J., Lee, H-K., & Ami-Narh, D. (2022). The role of acceptance in the transition to adulthood: A multi-informed comparison of practitioners, families, and youth with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Curtiss, S., Lee, G. K., Chun, J., Lee, H., Kuo, H., & Ami-Narh, D. (2021). Autistic young adults, parents, and practitioners’ expectations of the transition to adulthood. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 1-12.

Recent Presentations

Chun, J., Curtiss, S., Rios. Y. C., & Park, S. (2024, January). Vocational transition planning from the perspectives of autistic young adults, parents, and transition practitioners. 25th International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability & Developmental Disabilities, Honolulu, HI

Chun, J., Kim, J., Lee, M., & Richard, C. (2023). Navigating the career development of students with disabilities in STEM. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Denver, CO

Chun, J., Zhou, K., Rumrill, S., Rosenthal, D., & Tittelbach, T. (2022). Transition-youth with disabilities: A snapshot and future considerations. National Council on Rehabilitation Education, San Diego, CA

Lee, G. K., Chun, J., Curtiss, S., Kuo, H.-J., Awadu, J., Duenas, A., Smith A., Lee, H., & Nimako, D. (2021). The development, initial feasibility and efficacy of a family psychoeducation intervention for families of transition-age young adults with autism. Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (virtual session due to COVID-19)