Susan Smedema

Professor, Department Chair

ssmedema@wisc.edu

(608) 265-0845

438 Education Building

1000 Bascom Mall

Madison, WI 53711

Smedema, Susan

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Susan Miller Smedema, Ph.D., CRC, LPC is a professor and current Chair in the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling / Rehabilitation Counselor Education program at the University of Wisconsin –Madison. Prior to working at UW-Madison, she taught at Florida State University and the University of Northern Iowa. As of May, 2020, Dr. Smedema has published 48 peer-reviewed journal articles, written 9 book chapters, and presented 23 times at national conferences, including the National Council on Rehabilitation Education and the American Counseling Association’s annual conferences. She is a four-time winner of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association Research Award, serves on the editorial board of Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, and is a board member for the National Council on Rehabilitation Education.

Education

  • PhD Rehabilitation Psychology/Rehabilitation Counselor Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005
  • MS Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2000
  • BS Psychology, Indiana University, 1998

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  • Yaghmaian, R. A., & Smedema, S. M. (2019). A feminist, biopsychosocial subjective well-being framework for women with fibromyalgia. Rehabilitation Psychology, 64(2), 154-166.
  • Smedema, S. M., (2019). An analysis of the relationship of character strengths and quality of life in persons with multiple sclerosis. Quality of Life Research
  • Smedema, S. M., Kesselmayer, R. F., & Peterson, L. (2018). Evaluation of a multiple mediator model of the relationship between core self-evaluations and job satisfaction in employed individuals with disabilities. Rehabilitation Research, Policy, & Education, 32(2), 139-154.
  • Smedema, S. M., (2017). Amazon Mechanical Turk as a rehabilitation research recruitment tool. Journal of Rehabilitation, 83(4), 3-12.
  • Yaghmaian, R., Smedema, S. M., & Thompson, K. (2017). Core self-evaluations as personal factors in the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health Model: An application in persons with spinal cord injury. Rehabilitation Research, Policy, & Education, 31(2), 89-104.
  • Smedema, S. M., (2017). Evaluation of a concentric biopsychosocial model of well-being in individuals with spinal cord injuries. Rehabilitation Psychology, 62(2), 186-197.
  • Smedema, S. M., Chan, Y. C., & Phillips, B. N. (2014). Core self-evaluations and Snyder’s hope theory in persons with spinal cord injuries. Rehabilitation Psychology, 59, 399-406.
  • Smedema, S. M., (2014). Core self-evaluations and well-being in persons with disabilities. Rehabilitation Psychology., 59, 407-414.
  • Smedema, S. M., Catalano, D., & Ebener, D. (2010). The relationship of coping responses to self-worth and subjective well-being: A structural equation model.. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin., 53, 131-142.

Select Presentations

  • Juergens, H. B., Smedema, S. M., & Kriofske Mainella, A. Attitudes and sexuality: Development and validation of the attitudes toward the sexuality of people with disabilities scale. presented at the 2018 Rehabilitation Research & Training Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation Spring Conference, Madison, WI.
  • Yaghmaian, R. A., & Smedema, S. M. A feminist, biopsychosocial subjective well-being framework for women with fibromyalgia. presented at the 2018 National Council on Rehabilitation Education Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA.
  • Smedema, S. M., & Kriofske Mainella, A. Higher order positivity variables and suicide risk in African American college students. presented at the 2018 National Council on Rehabilitation Education Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA.
  • Smedema, S. M., & Phillips, B. N. Amazon Mechanical Turk as a rehabilitation research participant recruitment tool. presented at the 2017 National Council on Rehabilitation Education Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA.
  • Smedema, S. M., & Friefeld, R. Examination of the mediators of the relationship between core self-evaluations and job satisfaction in employed individuals with disabilities. presented at the 2017 National Council on Rehabilitation Education Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA.
  • Smedema, S. M., & Ebener, D. J. The impact of Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms on recovery from Substance Use Disorder. presented at the 2015 American Counseling Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Ebener, D., & Smedema, S. M. Counseling students with ADHD: A collaborative group counseling approach. Oral Presentation presented at the 2014 American Counseling Association Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI.
  • Ebener, D., Smedema, S. M., & Freeman, A. Coping with ADHD: A group intervention for college students with ADHD. presented at the 2011 American Counseling Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • McKenzie, A., & Smedema, S. M. The relationship of perceived social support and well-being in individuals with visual impairments. presented at the 2010 Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of Blind and Visually Impaired International Conference., Little Rock, AR.
  • Smedema, S. M., Ebener, D., & Grist, V. The impact of humorous media on attitudes toward persons with disabilities. presented at the 2010 National Council on Rehabilitation Education Annual Conference, Manhattan Beach, CA.

Select Awards and Honors

  • Research Award, 2nd place, American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, 2019
  • Research Award, 3rd place, American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, 2010
  • Research Award, 2nd place, American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, 2009
  • Research Award, 3rd place, American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, 2005