State of the Science Conference on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or VIsually Impaired. April 9th through 10th, 2014.

Marty Giesen

Marty Giesen, a Research Professor, has been a researcher at the NRTC on Blindness & Low Vision since 1982. He served as faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Mississippi State University since 1973 and was appointed Professor Emeritus in 2013. Giesen has conducted research and published in applied social psychology and rehabilitation research in the field of blindness and visual impairment over a period of 31 years. In addition to co-authoring a behavioral sciences statistics text, he has served as a principal investigator for numerous grants. His areas of research include prediction of rehabilitation outcomes, evaluation of independent living services to blind elders, participation of African Americans in the profession of blindness services, enhancement of employment outcomes for African Americans who are blind, acculturation and cultural sensitivity in counselor-client interaction, and factors related to mathematic achievement of visually impaired youth, and VR employment outcomes of visually impaired youth. Giesen has extensive experience in analysis of large-scale databases, particularly the RSA-911 Case Service Reports, and including the National Health Interview Surveys and the Special Education Elementary Longitudinal Study (SEELS).