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. (2018, May). Attitudes and sexuality: Development and validation of the attitudes toward the sexuality of people with disabilities scale. Other 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. (2018, March). A feminist, biopsychosocial subjective well-being framework for women with fibromyalgia. Other presented at the 2018 National Council on Rehabilitation Education Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA.
  • Smedema, S. M., & Kriofske Mainella, A. (2018, March). Higher order positivity variables and suicide risk in African American college students. Other presented at the 2018 National Council on Rehabilitation Education Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA.
  • Smedema, S. M., & Phillips, B. N. (2017, April). Amazon Mechanical Turk as a rehabilitation research participant recruitment tool. Other presented at the 2017 National Council on Rehabilitation Education Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA.
  • Smedema, S. M., & Friefeld, R. (2017, April). Examination of the mediators of the relationship between core self-evaluations and job satisfaction in employed individuals with disabilities. Other presented at the 2017 National Council on Rehabilitation Education Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA.
  • Smedema, S. M., & Ebener, D. J. (2015, March). The impact of Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms on recovery from Substance Use Disorder. Other presented at the 2015 American Counseling Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Ebener, D., & Smedema, S. M. (2014, March). 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. (2011, March). Coping with ADHD: A group intervention for college students with ADHD.. Other presented at the 2011 American Counseling Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • McKenzie, A., & Smedema, S. M. (2010, July). The relationship of perceived social support and well-being in individuals with visual impairments.. Other 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. (2010, April). The impact of humorous media on attitudes toward persons with disabilities.. Other 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