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Lynn Koch

Lynn Koch

Professor

College of Education and Health Professions

(RHRC)-Rehabilitation, Human Resources, and Communication Disorders

Phone: 479-575-5824

Fax: (479) 575-3319

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Lynn Koch received her doctorate in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Arizona. After earning her doctorate in 1996, Lynn was a faculty member in the rehabilitation counseling program at Kent State University for 10 years. In 2006, she joined the faculty at the University of Arkansas as program coordinator of the Rehabilitation Education and Research Program. She is a certified rehabilitation counselor and former vocational rehabilitation counselor.

  • Psychosocial and vocational implications of disability
  • Emerging disabilities
  • Reflective rehabilitation counseling practice
  • Psychological Aspects of Disability
  • Rehabilitation Research
  • Practicum Supervision
  • Internship Supervision

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rehabilitation Psychology, 1996
M.S., University of Arizona, Rehabilitation Counseling, 1988
B.S., University of Arizona, Rehabilitation, 1985

Refereed Journals

Koch, L.C. , Rumrill, P., Conyers, L., & Wohlford, S. (in review).  Job retention strategies for workers with chronic illnesses. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling.

Koch, L.C., Mamiseishvili, K., & Higgins, K.K. (in review). Persistence to degree completion: A profile of students with psychiatric disabilities in higher education. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Rumrill, P., Koch, L.C., & Wohlford, S. (in press). Job retention strategies for individuals with MS. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Baker, K.F., Koch, L.C, Higgins, K.K., & Greene, A.S. (2012). Cohesive lifespan transition planning for youths with autism spectrum disorders: A grounded theory investigation. Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Journal,6(1), 64-.

Mamiseishvili, K., & Koch, L.C. (2012). Students with disabilities at two-year institutions in the United States: Factors related to success. Community College Review doi:10.1177/0091552112456281..

Hurley, J.E., Lewis, A.N., Koch, L.C., Armstrong, A.J., Gary, K.W., & McMahon, B. T. (2011). An examination of the relationship between the race of ADA Title I claimants and attributes of their employers. Journal of Minority Disability Policy and Research, 1(2), 119-147.

Lewis, A.N., Hurley, J.E., Armstrong, A.J., Koch, L.C., Gary, K.W., & McMahon, B.T. (2011). The influence of race on allegations of employment discrimination due to disability.

Journal of Minority Disability Policy and Research, 1(2), 30-67.

Koch, L., Armstrong, A., Hurley, J., Lewis, A., Lewis, P., & McMahon, B. T. (2011). A comparison of male  and female ADA Title 1 discrimination allegations in relation to employer characteristics. Review of Disability Studies, 7(1), 54-68.

Armstrong, A, Koch, L.C., Lewis, A., & Hurley, J. (2011). Gender, disability, and employment discrimination: The national EEOC ADA research project. Review of Disability Studies, 7(1), 19-32.

Mamiseishvili, K., & Koch, L.C. (2011). First-to-second-year persistence of students with disabilities in postsecondary institutions in the United States. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 54(2), 93-105.

Cater, J.K., & Koch, L. C. (2010). Women veterans with polytrauma: Rehabilitation planning implications. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 41(3), 9-17..

Koch, L.,  Kiener, M., & Gitchel, D. (2010). Action research in rehabilitation education: Curricular applications. Rehabilitation Education.  

Koch, L.C., Gitchel, D., & Higgins, K. (2009).  Preparing Students to Be Empathic

Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Team Members. Rehabilitation Education, 23, 119-125.

Kiener, M.S., & Koch, L. (2009). Action research in rehabilitation counseling. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 40, 19-26.

Koch, L. C., & Hennessey, M.L. (2008). Introduction to the special issue on emerging disabilities. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 31(3), 273-275.

Koch, L. C., & Rumrill, P.D (2008). Assessing consumer satisfaction in rehabilitation and allied health care settings. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 31(3), 357-363.

Higgins, K., Koch, L. C., Boughfman, E. M., & Vierstra, C. (2008). School-to-work transition and Asperger syndrome. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 31(3), 291-298.

Agan, J., Koch,  L., & Rumrill, P. (2008). The use of focus groups in rehabilitation research. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 31(2), 259-269.

Niesz, T., Koch,  L., & Rumrill, P.D. (2008). The empowerment of people with disabilities through qualitative research. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 31(1), 113-125.

*An, S., Boston, C. M., Butler, D. S., Dulude, B., Gitchel, W. D., Hoppe, C. D., Koch, L. C., & Mather, J. E. (2008). Research learning community for rehabilitation doctoral students. Rehabilitation Education, 22(2), 77-88 (*senior authorship is shared).

Hennessey, M. L., & Koch, L. (2007). Universal design for instruction in rehabilitation counselor education. Rehabilitation Education, 21(3), 187-194.    

Schultz, J., Koch, L., & Kontosh, L. (2007). Establishing rehabilitation research priorities for the National Council on Rehabilitation Education.  Rehabilitation Education, 21(3), 149-157.

Koch, L., Rumrill, P., Hennessey, M., Vierstra, C., & Roessler, R. T. (2007).  An ecological approach to facilitate successful employment outcomes among people with multiple chemical sensitivity. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 29(4), 341-349.   

Vierstra, C. L., Rumrill, P. D., Koch, L. C., & McMahon, B. T. (2007). Multiple chemical sensitivity and workplace discrimination: The national EEOC ADA research project. Work. 28(4), 391-402.

Koch, L., Hennessey, M., Ingram, A., Rumrill, P., & Roessler, R. (2006). Learning communities to promote full inclusion of students with disabilities on college and university campuses. Rehabilitation Education, 20(3), 191-200. 

Egbert, N., Koch, L., Coeling, H., & Ayers, D. (2006).  The role of social support in the family and community integration of right hemisphere stroke survivors.  Health Communication, 20, 45-55. 

Koch, L., Vierstra, C., & Penix, K. (2006). A qualitative investigation of the psychosocial impact of multiple chemical sensitivity. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 37, 33-40.

Koch, L. C., Cook, B. G., Tankersley, M., & Rumrill, P.D. (2006).  Speaking of research: Utilizing research in professional practice. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 26, 327-331. 

Koch, L. C., Schultz, J., Kontosh, L., & Conyers, L. (2006). Rehabilitation research in the 21st century: Concerns and potential solutions. Rehabilitation Education, 20(1), 7-19.

Koch, L. C., Egbert, N., Coeling, H. (2005). The working alliance as a model for interdisciplinary collaboration. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 25(4), 369-373. 

Koch, L. C., Schultz, J. C., Hennessey, M., & Conyers, L.M. (2005). Rehabilitation research in the 21st century: Concerns and recommendations from members of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education.  Rehabilitation Education, 19(1), 5-14.

Koch, L. C., Egbert, N., Coeling, H., & Ayres, D. (2005). Returning to work after illness:  Experiences of right hemisphere stroke survivors. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 48(4), 209-218.

Koch, L. C., & Eaton, B. (2005). Multiple chemical sensitivity and rehabilitation counseling. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 36(1), 24-29.        

Koch, L. C. (2004). The student-teacher working alliance in rehabilitation counselor education. Rehabilitation Education, 18(4), 235-242. 

Koch, L. C., Arhar, J. M.  & Rumrill, P. D. (2004). Action research in clinical supervision.  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 17, 1-4.

Koch, L., Hennessey, M., Niese, N., Tabor, T. & Petro, C. (2004). Preparing for a career in rehabilitation counseling: The perspectives of practicing rehabilitation counselors.  Rehabilitation Education, 18(2), 93-105.

Brady, S. J., Koch, L. C., & Griffith, P. (2003).  Family involvement in rehabilitation planning: Learning objectives and activities for rehabilitation counseling students. Rehabilitation Education, 17(3), 171-181.

Devine, M. A., & Koch, L. C. (2003). Recreational planning: An essential component of career counseling for people with disabilities. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 21(1), 83-88.

Koch, L. C., & Rumrill, P. D. (2003). New directions in vocational rehabilitation: Challenges and opportunities for researchers, practitioners and consumers. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 21(1), 1-3. 

Telzrow, C., & Koch, L. (2003). Nonverbal learning disability: Vocational implications and rehabilitation treatment approaches. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 34(2), 9-16.

Koch, L. C., & Arhar, J. M. (2002).  Action research in rehabilitation counseling intern supervision.  Rehabilitation Education, 16(2), 165-177.

Koch, L. C., Holland, L. A., Price, D., Gonzalez, L., Lieske, P., Butler, A., Wilson, K., & Holly, M. L. (2002). Engaging new faculty in the scholarship of teaching.  Innovative Higher Education, 27(2), 83-94. 

Koch, L. C., & Telzrow, C. (2002). Mentoring new faculty in rehabilitation counselor education: Challenges, strategies, and innovative models.  Rehabilitation Education, 16(1), 49-60.

Koch, L. C. (2001).  The preferences and anticipations of people referred to a vocational rehabilitation agency. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 44(2), 76-86.

Koch, L.C., & Merz, M.A.  (2001). The career portfolio: An assessment tool for actively involving consumers in vocational rehabilitation. Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Bulletin, 31(1).

Koch, L. C., & Rumrill, P. D. (2001).  The career maintenance club: Improving rehabilitation consumers’ prospects for long-term employment.  Journal of Job Placement and Development.           

Koch, L. C., Rumrill, P. D., Jr., Roessler, R .T., & Fitzgerald, S. (2001).  Illness and demographic correlates of quality of life among people with multiple sclerosis.  Rehabilitation Psychology, 46(2), 154-164.

McReynolds, C. J., Koch, L. C., Rumrill, P. D., & Bellini, J. (2001).  Qualitative research strategies in rehabilitation.  Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 16, 57-65.

Merz, M. A., Bricout, J. C., & Koch, L. C. (2001).  Disability and job stress: Implications for vocational rehabilitation planning.  Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 17, 85-95.

Roessler, R.T., Fitzgerald, S., Rumrill, P.D., & Koch, L.C. (2001).  Determinants of employment status among people with multiple sclerosis.  Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 45(1), 31-39.

Koch, L. C. (2000).  Assessment and planning in the Americans with Disabilities Act era: Strategies for consumer self-advocacy and employer collaboration.  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 14, 103-108.

Koch, L. C., Arhar, J. M., & Wells, L. (2000).   Educating rehabilitation counseling students in reflective practice.   Rehabilitation Education, 14(3), 255-268.

Koch, L., & Rumrill, P.D. (1999).  Work support tips: The career portfolio as a job placement and retention tool for people with disabilities.  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 13, 141-147.

Koch, L. C. (1999).  Career development interventions for transition-age youths with disabilities.  Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 13, 3-11.

Marn, L., & Koch, L. C. (1999). The major tasks of adolescence: Implications for transition planning with youths with cerebral palsy.  Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 13, 51-58.

McReynolds, C. J., Koch, L. C., & Rumrill, P. D. (1999).  Psychosocial adjustment to multiple sclerosis: Implications for rehabilitation professionals.  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 12, 83-91.

Rumrill, P. D., Koch, L. C., Murphy, P. J., & Jannarone, A. (1999).  Technology transfer concerns of college graduates with disabilities: Profiles in transition from higher education to competitive careers.  Work: A Journal of Assessment, Prevention, and Rehabilitation, 13, 43-49.

Rumrill, P. D., Roessler, P. D., & Koch, L. C. (1999).  Surveying the employment concerns of people with multiple sclerosis: A participatory action research approach.  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 12, 75-82.

Conyers, L. M., Koch, L. C., & Szymanski, E. M. (1998).  Lifespan perspectives on disability and work: A qualitative study. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 42, 51-75.

Koch, L. C., & Rumrill, P. D. (1998). Guest editors’ note.  Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 10(3), 209-210.

Koch, L.C., & Rumrill, P.D. (1998).  The working alliance: An interdisciplinary case management strategy for health professionals.  Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 10(1), 55-62.

Koch, L.C., Schultz, D., & Cusick, J. (1998).   Encouraging rehabilitation counseling students to develop a portfolio as a career development tool.  Rehabilitation Education, 12(3), 261-267.

Koch, L. C., Williams, C. L., & Rumrill, P. D. (1998).  Increasing client involvement in vocational rehabilitation: An expectations-based approach to assessment and planning. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 10(3), 211-218.

Luft. P., & Koch, L. C. (1998). Transition of adolescents with chronic illness: Overlooked needs and rehabilitation considerations. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 10, 205-217.

Rumrill, P. D., & Koch, L. C. (1998).  The career maintenance specialist: Broadening the scope of successful rehabilitation. Journal of Rehabilitation Administration, 22(2), 111-121. 

Rumrill, P. D., Koch, L. C, & Harris, E. (1998). Future trends in assessment and planning: Priorities for vocational rehabilitation in the 21st century.  Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 10(3), 271-278.

Rumrill, P. D., Koch, L. C., & Reed, C. A. (1998).  Career maintenance and multiple sclerosis. Journal of Job Placement and Development, 14(1), 13-17.

*Chan, F., Shaw, L. R., McMahon, B. T., Koch, L., & Strauser, D. (1997). A model for enhancing rehabilitation counselor-consumer working relationships. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 41, 122-137 (*senior authorship is shared).

Koch, L. C., & Johnston-Rodriguez, S. (1997).  The career portfolio: A vocational rehabilitation tool for assessment, planning, and placement.  Journal of Job Placement and Development, 13(1), 19-22.

Koch, L. C. & Rumrill, P. D. (1997).  Rehabilitation counseling outside the state agency: Settings, roles, and functions for the new millennium.  Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 28(4), 9-14.

Rumrill, P. D., Jr., & Koch, L. C. (1997).  Job placement revisited: Employers as interdependent members of a working alliance.  Journal of Job Placement and Development, 13(1), 26-29. 

Koch, L. C., & Merz, M. A. (1995).  Assessing client satisfaction in vocational rehabilitation program evaluation: A review of instrumentation.  Journal of Rehabilitation, 61(4), 24-30.

Koch, L. C., Merz, M. A., & Lynch, R. T. (1995).  Screening for mild traumatic brain injury: A guide for rehabilitation counselors.  Journal of Rehabilitation, 61(4), 50-56.

Books                     

Rumrill, P. D., Bellini, J. L., & Koch, L. (2001).  Emerging issues in rehabilitation counseling: Perspectives on the new millinneum.  Springfield, IL:  Charles C. Thomas.

Book Chapters 

Koch, L.C. (in press). Employment and vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with NVLD. In J. Davis & J. Broitman (Eds.), Evidence-based interventions for children with NVLD.  NY: Springer.

Koch, L.C., Rumrill, P,D, & Conyers, L.M. (2012). The nature and needs of people with emerging disabilities. In M. Bishop, P. Rumrill, & P. Toriello (Eds.), New directions in rehabilitation counseling: Creative responses to professional, clinical, and educational challenges (pp. 115-139). Springfield IL: Charles C. Thomas.

Koch, L.C.,  & Gitchel, D. (2011). Qualitative research designs.  In  P. Rumrill, A. Wiley, & B. Cook  (Eds.), Research in special education: A guide to design, methodology, and utilization (2nd ed.; pp. 187-218).  Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.  

Koch, L.C. (2010). Consumer satisfaction. In E. Mpofu and T. Oakland (Eds.), Assessment in rehabilitation and health (pp. 503-519). Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Education, Inc.

McReynolds, C.J., & Koch, L.C. (2009).  Qualitative research designs.  In J. Bellini & P. Rumrill (Eds.), Research in rehabilitation counseling: A guide to design, methodology, and utilization (2nd ed.; pp. 187-218).  Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.     

Koch, L.C., & Rumrill, P.D., Jr. (2005).  Interpersonal communication skills for casemanagers.  In F. Chan, M. Leahy, & J. Saunders (Eds.), Case management for rehabilitation health professionals (2nd ed.; vol. I; pp. 122-143 ).  Lake Zurich, IL: Vocational Consultants Press. 

Luft, P., & Koch, L.C. (2005).  Career development: Theories for transition planning. In R.W. Flexer, T.J. Simmons, P. Luft, & R.M. Baer (Eds.), Transition planning for secondary students with disabilities (2nd ed.; pp. 83-108).  Columbus, OH:  Merrill/Prentice-Hall.

Koch, L.C., McReynolds, C., & Rumrill, P.D. (2004).  Basic counseling skills for rehabilitation professionals.  In F. Chan & K. Thomas (Eds.), Counseling theories and techniques for rehabilitation health professionals (pp. 227-243).  NY:  Springer. 

Luft, P., & Koch, L.C. (2001).  Career development: Theories for transition planning. In R.W. Flexer, T.J. Simmons, P. Luft, & R.M. Baer (Eds.), Transition planning for secondary students with disabilities (pp. 69-94).  Columbus, OH:  Merrill/Prentice-Hall.

Luft, P., Koch, L.C., Headman, D., & O’Conner, P. (2001).  Career and vocational education.  In R.W. Flexer, T.J. Simmons, P. Luft, & R.M. Baer (Eds.), Transition planning for secondary students with disabilities (pp. 162-196) .  Columbus, OH: Merrill/Prentice-Hall.

McReynolds, C.J., & Koch, L.C. (2001).   Psychological issues.  In P.D. Rumrill , & M.L. Hennessey (Eds.), Multiple sclerosis: A guide for rehabilitation and health care professionals (pp. 44-78).  Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.

McReynolds, C.J., Koch, L.C., Rumrill, P.D., Tankersley, M.J., Ware, M.E., & Hennessey, M.L. (2001).  Qualitative research designs. In P.D. Rumrill & B. G. Cook (Eds.), Research in special education: Designs, methods, and application (pp. 159-179).  Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.           

Koch, L.C., & Rumrill, P.D., Jr. (1999).  Interpersonal communication skills for casemanagers.  In F. Chan & M. Leahy (Eds.), Health care and disability case management. (pp. 355-378).  Lake Zurich, IL: Vocational Consultants Press.      

McReynolds, C.J., & Koch, L.C. (1999).  Qualitative research designs.  In J. Bellini & P. Rumrill (Eds.), Research in rehabilitation counseling: A guide to design, methodology, and utilization (pp. 151-173).  Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.

Mandeville, C.A., Brabham, R., & Koch, L.C. (1998).  The state-federal vocational rehabilitation program.  In R.M. Parker & E.M. Szymanski (Eds.), Rehabilitation counseling: Basics and beyond (3rd ed.) (pp. 41-70).  Austin, TX: Pro-Ed. 

Guest-edited Professional Journals

Koch, L.C., & Hennessey, M.L. (2008). Special issue on emerging disabilities. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 31(3).

Rumrill, P.D., Jr., & Koch, L.C. ( 2003). New directions in vocational rehabilitation. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 21(1).

Koch, L.C. & Rumrill, P.D., Jr. (1998). Assessment and planning in vocational rehabilitation. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 10(3).

Other Publications

McMahon, B.T., West, S.L., Hurley, J., & Koch, L. (2007, October). National EEOC ADA Research Project: Regional Profile: DBTAC Region Seven. Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers/Coordination, Outreach, and Research Centers; Virginia Commonwealth University.

Koch, L. C. (1999, June). The employment concerns of people with multiple sclerosis.  Milestones: Northeast Ohio Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Newsletter, 4, 14-15.         

Merz, M.A., & Koch, L.C. (1999).  Portfolios: A tool for involving clients in assessment and planning.  In University of Wisconsin-Stout (Ed.), The issues papers: Ninth National Forum on Issues in Vocational Evaluation, Assessment, and Work Adjustment (pp. 241-243). Menomonie, WI: The Rehabilitation Resource.

Koch, L. (1996). The preferences and anticipations of vocational rehabilitation applicants: An exploratory study.  Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Szymanski, E.M., Fernandez, D., Koch, L., & Merz, M.A. (1996).  Career development:  Planning for placement (Training Materials).  Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Career Development and Advancement.

Ettinger, J., Conyers, L., Merz, M.A., & Koch, L.C. (1995).  Strategies and tools for counselors, educators, and employers.  (RRTC Working Paper No. 3).  Madison, WI: University

of Wisconsin, Madison, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Career Development and Advancement.