Abigail O. Akande, Ph.D., CRC

Abby Akande
Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation and Human Services
Cloverly, 209
Penn State Abington
0119 Sutherland Building
Abington, PA 19001

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)

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, The University of Arizona

MS, Rehabilitation Counseling, Boston University

BA, Child Development, Tufts University