Paul Wehman

Paul Wehman, Ph.D.

Chairman Division of Research, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Director of Autism Center for Excellence, Director of VCU-RRTC

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Dr. Paul Wehman is a Virginia Commonwealth University Professor of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Chairman of Rehabilitation Research with a joint appointment in the Departments of Special Education and Disability Policy and Rehabilitation Counseling.

He pioneered the development of supported employment at VCU in the early 1980s and has been heavily involved in the use of supported employment with people who have severe disabilities, such as those with severe intellectual disabilities, brain injury, spinal cord injury or autism.

Dr. Wehman serves as Director of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities and the Director of the VCU Autism Center for Excellence (ACE). He  has researched, written, instructed and presented extensively on issues related to transition from school to adulthood and special education as it relates for young adulthood. He has published more than 200 articles, 114 book chapters, and authored or edited 43 books.

He has most recently been the recipient of the 2014 Princeton Lecture Series Fellowship through Eden Autism Services  Past honors include  the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.-Foundation International Award in Mental Retardation, Mary Switzer Fellow for the National Rehabilitation Association in 1985, and the Distinguished Service Award from the President's Committee on Employment for Persons with Disabilities in October 1992.  Dr. Wehman received the VCU Distinguished Service Award in 2001 and was recognized as one of the 50 most influential special educators of the millennium by a national survey coordinated by the Remedial and Special Education journal (December 2000).

He is founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. He has been the principal investigator of more than $70 million worth of federal grants since being at VCU.


University Affiliations:

VCU Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

VCU School of Allied Health Professions

VCU Department of Rehabilitation Counseling

VCU School of Education

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Directs and oversees all projects of RRTC.




Targett, P., Wehman, P., West, M., Dillard, C. & Cifu, G. (2013). Promoting transition to adulthood for youth with physical disabilities and health impairments. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 39, 229-239.

Graham, C., Inge, K., Wehman, P., Murphy, K., Revell, G. & West, M. (2013). Moving employment research into practice: Knowledge and application of evidence-based practices by state vocational rehabilitation agency staff. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 39(1), 75-81.

Wehman, P., Lau, S., Molinelli, A., Brooke, V., Thompson, K., Moore, C. & West, M. (2012). Supported Employment for Young Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Preliminary Data. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 37(3), 1-10.

Schall, C., McDonough, J., Molinelli, A., Riehle, E., Ham, W., Thiss, W. & Wehman, P. (2012). Project SEARCH for Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorders: Increasing Competitive Employment On Transition from High School. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 0, .

Wehman, P. (2012). Editorial. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 36(1), 1.

Wehman, P. (2012). Transition from School to Work: Where are we and where do we need to go?. Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, 0, .

Cimera, R., Wehman, P., West, M. & Burgess, S. (2012). Do Sheltered Workshops Enhance Employment Outcomes for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder?. Autism, 16(1), 87-94.

Wehman, P. (2011). Employment for persons with disabilities: Where are we now and where do we need to go?. JVR, 35(3), 145-151.

Ireys, H. & Wehman, P. (2011). The Evaluation of the Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment. JVR, 34(2), 67-69.

Wehman, P. (2011). JVR 20th Anniversary- Editor’s Introduction. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 35(3), 143.

Wehman, P. (2010). JVR Special Issue on Autism and Transition - Editorial. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 32(1), 77.

Inge, K., Wehman, P., Revell, G., Erickson, D., Butterworth, J. & Gilmore, D. (2009). Survey results from a national survey of community rehabilitation providers holding special wage certificates. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 30(2), 67 - 85.

Hendricks, D. & Wehman, P. (2009). Transition from school to adulthood for youth with autism: Review and recommendations. Focus on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 24(2), 77-89.

Crockatt, S., Targett, P., Cifu, D. & Wehman, P. (2009). Return to work of individuals with arthritis: A review of job performance and retention. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 30(2), 121 - 131.

Arango-Lasprilla, J., Ketchum, J., Flores Stevens, L., Balcazar, F., Wehman, P., Forster, L. & Hsu, N. (2009). Ethnicity/Racial difference in employment outcomes following Spinal Cord Injury. NeuroRehabilitation, 24(1), 37 - 46.

Brooke, V., Revell, G. & Wehman, P. (2009). Quality indicators for competitive employment outcomes: What special education teachers need to know in transition planning. Teaching Exceptional Children, 41(4), 58-66.

Arango-Lasprilla, J., Ketchum, J., Gary, K., Kreutzer, J., O’Neil-Pirozzi, T., Wehman, P., Marquez de la Plata, C. & Jha, A. (2009). The Influence of Minority Status on Job Stability After Traumatic Brain Injury. PM&R: The Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation, 1(1), 41 - 49.

Wehman, P., Brooke, V., Green, H., Hewett, M. & Tipton, M. (2008). Public/private partnerships and employment of people with disabilities: Preliminary evidence from a pilot project. Jourrnal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 28, 53-66.

Arango-Lasprilla, J., Ketchum, J., Williams, K., Kreutzer, J., Marquez de la Plata, C., O’Neil-Pirozzi, T. & Wehman, P. (2008). Racial differences in employment outcomes after traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 89(5), 988-995.


2013 Presentations

November 14, 2013 -Williamsburg, VA. Present to the 17th DCDT International Conference- Research in Secondary Transition:  Where have we been and where do we need to go? 

October 1, 2013 - Scottsdale, AZ- Present to the Arizona’s Thirteenth Annual Transition Conference- ASD and their experience in Project Search AND Major predictors of competitive employment across all youth with disabilities utilizing the NLTS2.

June 25, 2013 - Indianapolis, IN- Present at National APSE 25th Annual Conference- Project SEARCH: Successful Transition to Competitive Employment for Young Adults with ASD.

June 10-12, 2013 - Dublin , Ireland -Present keynote address and panel presentations at the European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE) 20 year Conference.

May 23, 2013 - Sima A., Wehman P., Chan, F., West M. An Evaluation of Employment Outcomes for At Risk Youth with Disabilities. Webinar for the NLTS-2 Council of Practice.  May 23, 2013.

March 26, 2013 -  Richmond, VA - Presentation to Henrico County Special Education Advisory Committee--Best Practices in Transition from School to Adulthood .