Recovery & Rehabilitation Research Team

The Recovery & Rehabilitation (R&R) lab focuses primarily on recovery and rehabilitation from mental health conditions. Our interests include recovery from addiction, rehabilitation from disabilities, and identity transitions for veterans and athletes. We are comprised of doctoral students in the combined counseling and school psychology PhD program and select master’s and undergraduate students from the College of Education at Florida State University. Through our research, we hope to improve the likelihood of successful transitions to improved health and quality of life.

Recovery & Rehabilitation Research Team

Dr. Deborah J. Ebener Dr. Deborah Ebener is a Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems. She is also the Executive Director of the Adult Learning Evaluation Center (ALEC) in the College of Education. She earned her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and an M.S. degree in Rehabilitation Administration from DePaul University in Chicago. She is a licensed psychologist and member of the American Psychological Association and the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association. Dr. Ebener’s research focuses on psychological and social factors that influence an individual’s coping and adaptation to disability and chronic illness, as well as recovery from substance use disorders. Her current research examines positive psychology constructs of humor, spirituality, and optimism as coping mechanisms in recovery and adaptation. Her research is published in various peer-reviewed journals, including Rehabilitation Counseling BulletinDisability and Rehabilitation: An International, Multidisciplinary Journal; and Aging and Mental Health. In her position as the Director of Clinical Training, Dr. Ebener coordinates the APA-accredited combined doctoral program in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology. She supervises doctoral practicum and internships and teaches courses in Adult Development and Psychopathology, Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling, Medical Aspects of Disability, Doctoral Field Practicum, and History and Systems of Psychology. Dr. Ebener also has extensive clinical experience in providing psychotherapy and assessment services in medical, clinical, and private practice settings. Dr. Ebener is also Executive Director of ALEC, which provides assessment and counseling services to college students and community members with ADHD, learning disabilities, and mental health issues. She oversees the overall operations of the Center, including the clinical training and research components. Research Areas

  • Coping with disabilities (e.g., ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, mental health disorders, physical disabilities)
  • Recovery from substance use disorders and adaptation to co-existing disabilities and mental health disorders
  • Influence of humor and spirituality on attitudes toward disabilities
  • Use of positive psychology constructs (e.g., humor, spirituality, optimism) in coping with disability and chronic illness and recovery from substance use disorders

 

Paul Eastman, Ed.S. Paul Eastman is a doctoral candidate in the Combined Counseling and School Psychology program at Florida State University. He received his M.S./Ed.S. degrees in Mental Health Counseling at Florida State University, and his B.A. in Psychology at the University of West Florida. His clinical work primarily involves college students, and he currently serves as a student supervisor for Human Services Center (HSC) and the Adult Learning Evaluation Center (ALEC). His research interests include humor, and attitudes toward disability. In his spare time, he likes cooking, videogames, performing standup comedy, and spending time with his friends and family.

 

 

 

Clinton Greene Clinton Greene is a doctoral candidate in the Combined Counseling Psychology and School Psychology program at Florida State University. He is originally from Kentucky, where he received his B.A. in Psychology from Transylvania University. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, he received his M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Florida Gulf Coast University. His research interests include risk-taking behaviors, dispositional optimism, as well as the search for and presence of meaning in life. In his down time, he enjoys playing basketball, hiking, playing guitar, and watching sports.  

 

 

 

 

Dowon Choi Dowon Choi, a third-year doctoral student, is the student representative for APA Division 10 and a co-producer of KPoPsychology on YouTube, distributing knowledge and empowering people’s creativity. She is internationally engaged in media including as a paid contributor for a website of the Korean Ministry of Education, TEDxUConn, and a podcast in Vietnam. Her research interests are creativity, especially creativity models and assessments, as well as phonological processing. Dowon has published book chapters, journal articles, and an academic film review.

 

 

 

Arizona Chin Arizona Chin is a doctoral student in the Combined Ph. D. Counseling Psychology and School Psychology program at Florida State University. She is from Melbourne, Australia and moved to the U.S. as a collegiate student-athlete. She earned her B.A. in Psychology at Northeastern State University and her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northeastern State University. Her clinical and research interests revolve around mental ill-health prevention in college students and issues related to adjustment and identity development, holistic wellness, and positive psychology. In her spare time, Arizona enjoys baking, traveling, playing golf, hiking, and working out.

 

 

 

 

 

Tyler Wood Tyler is a doctoral student in the Combined Ph. D. Counseling Psychology and School Psychology program at FSU. He received a BA in Psychology from the University of Kentucky and his M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville. Tyler has worked with individuals living with severe mental illnesses, substance use disorders, and various other areas of mental health. His research interests focus on substance use behaviors and influences, mainly in a college student population.

 

 

 

 

 

Alan Crutchfield Alan is currently a doctoral student in the Combined Counseling Psychology and School Psychology PhD program at Florida State University. He is from Jacksonville, Florida and earned undergraduate degrees in Business Management and Psychology as well as his M.S. in Psychological Science from the University of North Florida. Alan’s research interests mainly revolve around recovery from addiction and he was recently published in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly. He is a member of both the College of Education Student Leadership Council and the Congress of Graduate Students. Beyond work, Alan enjoys hiking and going on cruises with his fiancé, playing guitar, watching football, and playing with his dog Murray.

 

 

 

 

 

Shelbi Fisher Shelbi is a first-year doctoral student in the Combined Counseling Psychology and School Psychology program. Born and raised in Indiana, she completed her bachelor's degree in Psychology and master's degree in Mental Health Counseling at Indiana University Bloomington. Shelbi's clinical and research interests focus on college students and college student athletes, specifically in the areas of transitioning out of school or sport, identity development, career readiness, and substance use prevention and treatment. She enjoys watching college sports, reading, running, and playing board games with her spouse.

 

 

 

Tyron Slack Tyron Slack is a doctoral student in the Combined Counseling Psychology and School Psychology program at Florida State University. He is from New Orleans, Louisiana, and received his B.A. in Psychology at Southeastern Louisiana University and his Master of Social Work degree at Florida State University. His clinical and research interests include suicide prevention, purpose in life, mental health, and chronic pain with adults. He enjoys traveling, exploring new cities, and sampling the cuisine of hole-in-the-wall restaurants.

Research Publications

Crutchfield, D. A., Jr., & Güss, C. D. (2018). Achievement linked to recovery from addiction: Discussing education, vocation, and non-addict identity. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 37(3), 359-376. doi:10.1080/07347324.2018.1544058

Gregerson, M., & Choi, D. An open letter to Henry Golding: “Everybody wants to be Us” and “I want a divorce”. The Amplifier Magazine (A magazine of the society of media psychology and technology, Division 46 of the APA). June 2019, https://div46amplifier.com/2019/06/12/an-open-letter-to-henry-golding-everybody-wants-to-be-us-and-i-want-a-divorce/

Ebener, D., Fioramonti, D., & Smedema, S. (2016). Career development in men with disabilities: A psychosocial perspective. Career Planning and Adult Development32(1), 120-129.

Ebener, D. J., & Smedema, S. M. (2016). Psychoeducational groups for college students with ADHD: A pilot study. VISTASSummer, 2-14. Retrieved from https://www.counseling.org/docs/default-source/vistas/the-effects-of-impairment.pdf?sfvrsn=6

Ebener, D. J., & Smedema, S. M. (2011). Physical disability and substance use disorders: A convergence of adaptation and recovery. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin54(3), 131-141.

Smedema, S. M., Ebener, D. J., & Grist, V. (2012). The impact of humorous media on attitudes toward persons with disabilities. Disability and Rehabilitation: An International, Multidisciplinary Journal34, 1431-1437.

Thorne, K., & Ebener, D. (2018). The role of locus of control in the relation between post-traumatic stress and risk of suicide: Rural and urban implications. Rural Society, 25.

Conference Presentations

Choi, D. Schoonard, E., & Thompson, T. (2019, August). Phonological processing and math: Ages across 6-19.

Poster session presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) convention, Chicago, IL.


Choi, D. (2019, August). Developmental and multicultural creativity model: The linear and fluid Four C Model.

Poster session presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) convention, Chicago, IL.


Crutchfield, D. A., & Guess, D. G. (2018).  Building non-addict identity: Educational/Vocational achievement linked to recovery from addiction.  Poster accepted to the annual APA Convention, San Francisco, California (International)


Devlin, E., Ebener, D., Smedema, S., & Romano, K. (presented 2016, August). ADHD and recovery from substance use disorders. Poster presentation at American Psychological Association Annual Convention, American Psychological Association. (International)


Eastman, P., & Ebener, D. (presented 2017, August). Humor styles and attitudes toward disabilities. Poster presentation at Annual Convention, American Psychological Association, Washington, DC. (National)


Ebener, D. J., & Smedema, S. M. (presented 2009, February). Rehabilitation counselor educators' ability to teach skills essential for professional practice. Paper presented at annual conference, National Council on Rehabilitation Education, San Antonio, Texas. (National)


Ebener, D. J., Leahy, M., Tarvydas, V., LaForge, J., & McQuade, L. (presented 2001, March). Unification forum: History and direction of the alliance. Presentation at World conference, American Counseling Association, San Antonio, TX. (International)


Ebener, D. J. (presented 2000, October). Aging successfully with a disability. Presentation at Annual conference, Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Conference, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. (National)


Ebener, D. J., Falvo, D., Kampfe, C., & Smith, M. (presented 2000, March). ARCA forum on aging and disability. Presentation at Annual conference, American Counseling Association, Washington, D.C. (National)


Fioramonti, D. L., & Ebener, D. (presented 2015, March). Spirituality Salience as a Predictor of the Valance of Attitudes towards Persons with Disabilities. Poster presentation at Annual Conference, American Counseling Association, Orlando, FL. (International)


Greene, C., & Ebener, D. (August, 2019). The relationship between dispositional optimism and risk propensity among college students. American Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL. (International)


Heo, J., Choi, D., Pfeiffer, S. I., Gorfien, E., & Yarnell, J.(2019, August). The time when perceived parental support becomes a burden to K-12 students. Poster session presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) convention, Chicago, IL.


Smedema, S. M., & Ebener, D. J. (presented 2009, February). Substance abuse as a variable in psychosocial research. Paper presented at annual conference, National Council on Rehabilitation Education, San Antonio, TX. (National)


Smedema, S. M., Ebener, D. J., & Grist, V. (presented 2010, April). The impact of humorous media on attitudes toward persons with disabilities. Paper presented at annual conference, National Council on Rehabilitation Education, Manhattan Beach, CA. (National)


Thompson, T., & Choi, D. (2019, August). The mothers and fathers of invention: A meta-analysis of gender differences in creativity. Poster session presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) convention, Chicago, IL.

Contact

Deborah J. Ebener, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Clinical Training
Combined Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology
Executive Director, Adult Learning Evaluation Center
1114 West Call Street
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306