Dr. Phil Rumrill

Dr. Phillip Rumrill

Lifespan Dev & Educ Sciences
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Phillip Rumrill, Ph.D., CRC, is a professor and coordinator of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program and founding director of the Center for Disability Studies at Kent State University in Ohio. He is also the director of the Multiple Sclerosis Employment Assistance Service, which provides vocational services and supports to people with multiple sclerosis across the United States. A nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Dr. Rumrill received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Keene State College in New Hampshire and his doctorate from the University of Arkansas.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Rumrill has authored or co-authored 251 professional journal articles; 42 book chapters, monographs, measurement instruments, and training manuals; and 15 books entitled Rehabilitation Counseling and Emerging Disabilities; Case Management and Rehabilitation Counseling; Foundations of the Vocational Rehabilitation Process; The Sandwich Generation’s Guide to Elder Care; New Directions in Rehabilitation Counseling; Employment Issues and Multiple Sclerosis (two editions); Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for Rehabilitation and Health Care Professionals; Research in Rehabilitation Counseling (three editions); Research in Special Education (two editions); Occupational Neurology; and Emerging Issues in Rehabilitation Counseling. He has also guest-edited 30 special issues of professional and academic journals in the fields of education and rehabilitation. Dr. Rumrill is a highly sought speaker at national and international conferences in healthcare, social sciences, rehabilitation and education. He has delivered 466 addresses to consumer, professional, academic and policymaking audiences in 43 states and U.S. territories and 18 countries since 1992.

Dr. Rumrill's direct service experience includes substance abuse counseling, academic advising and accommodation planning with postsecondary students with disabilities, vocational guidance and career counseling with a variety of disability populations, and vocational expert services in civil litigation. He has extensive experience writing grants and administering funded projects; he has had management roles on 29 federal and private foundation grants whose total budgets approximate $16 million. From 2006-2011, he served as co-principal investigator and research director of the Coordination, Outreach and Research Center for the Americans with Disabilities Act National Network, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Among Dr. Rumrill’s current grants are a NIDRR-funded Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project that examines the use of Cognitive Support Technology among postsecondary students with traumatic brain injuries and a National Multiple Sclerosis Society-funded project examining the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act on the employment concerns of people with multiple sclerosis.


Psychosocial and vocational aspects of disability, Assistive Technology, neurological disorders, Chronic illness, disability policy and legislation, workplace discrimination, research design and methodology


  • Best Paper Awards (2), International Organization of social Sciences and Behavioral Research, 2018
  • American Rehabilitation Counseling Association National Best Paper Award, Third Place, 2017
  • Kent State University College of Education, Health, and Human Services Distinguished Faculty Researcher Award, 2016-2017
  • Kent State University School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences Colleague Award, 2016-17
  • Kent State University President’s Excellence Award, 2016
  • American Rehabilitation Counseling Association National Best Paper Award, Second Place, 2016
  • American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, James F. Garrett Award for a Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Research, 2016
  • Kent State University, College of Education, Health, and Human Services Advancing Diversity Scholarship Award, 2015


Research Institutes and Initiatives

Healthy Communities Research Initiative