Abigail O. Akande, Ph.D., CRC

Abby Akande
Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation and Human Services
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Office Location
Cloverly, 209

    Teaching Interests and Courses Taught

    • Medical Aspects of Disability
    • Intro to Rehab Services
    • Intro to Disability Culture
    • Counseling Techniques
    • Rehabilitation Foundations
    • Cross Cultural Counseling

    Selected Awards and Honors

    Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence: Teaching Fellow Award (University of Arkansas at Little Rock)
    Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence: Distinguished Teaching Fellow Medallion (University of Arkansas at Little Rock)
    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (The University of Arizona)

    Research Interests

    I am a qualitative researcher, with an affinity toward inquiry through storytelling and narrative interviewing techniques.

    My research interests include community-based vocational rehabilitation and reproductive justice concerns for immigrant women with disabilities (and chronic health conditions) and women with disabilities in developing countries.

    I am especially interested in magnifying differences in experiences between immigrants and American ethnic minorities with disabilities seeking services.

    Research that most directly relates to my teaching includes service-learning in rehabilitation, narrative interviewing in service provision, and cultural sensitivity cultivation through collaborative learning.


    Selected Publications

    (2017). A Narrative Interviewing Technique for Master’s-Level Counselors in Case Management Roles. The Journal of Nurse Life Care Planning, 17(2).

    (2017). Factors affecting vocational goal acquisition of female immigrant clients: Rehabilitation counselor perspectives. The Journal of Rehabilitation, 83(1).

    (2016, September 15). Global health is local health. The Arkansas Times, p. 9.

    (2015). Managing risk in professional practice: A primer for rehabilitation counselors. (In F. Chan, N.L. Berven, & K.R. Thomas (Eds.), Counseling theories and techniques for rehabilitation health professionals, 2nd Ed. New York: Springer Publishing Co.


    Ph.D. Rehabilitation, Public Health Minor, The University of Arizona – Tucson, AZ

    M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling, Boston University – Boston, MA

    B.A. Child Development, Tufts University – Medford, MA