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

Michele Capella McDonnall

Dr. McDonnall is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) with more than 20 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation. She received her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Education and Research from the University of Arkansas in 2002 and is currently employed at The National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University as a Research Professor, where she has been conducting research on employment issues for persons who are blind or visually impaired for more than 10 years. She also serves as the interim director of the center.

Dr. McDonnall’s research in the field of blindness has involved persons ranging from students in elementary school to older adults with a combined hearing and vision loss. Research topics include employment outcomes, predictors of employment for transition-age youth, math achievement, employer attitudes, and the effect of sensory loss on depression. She has extensive experience with analyzing large national databases, including the RSA-911 Case Service Report, the Longitudinal Study of the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program, National Health Interview Surveys, the Health and Retirement Study, the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2, and the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997. She has published research based on analyses using all of the databases. She currently serves as a member of the editorial boards for several journals and previously served as a principal panel member on the Special Education Research Review Panel for the Institute of Education Sciences.