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LaWanda H. Cook

LaWanda H. Cook

Extension Faculty
Address: 203A Dolgen Hall Phone: (607) 255-2928
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LaWanda Cook joined the staff of the Northeast ADA Center in 2010. She has extensive experience in vocational counseling, personnel management and program administration. In addition to several years of employment as a vocational counselor and supervisor with the Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, she has served as an executive director and program coordinator within nonprofit organizations. She is a certified rehabilitation counselor and a member of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA). During her career she has helped to promote equitable service delivery for consumers of different races, ethnicities, educational backgrounds, and income levels; and she has modeled creative approaches to meeting the needs of individuals with a variety of disabilities including brain injury, substance abuse, psychiatric disabilities, and mobility impairments. Ms. Cook has created and delivered workshops, lectures, and training sessions about disability, employment, independent living, work-life balance, leisure, diversity, alternative sentencing, and volunteerism. Her research interests include work-life balance of people with disabilities, the accessibility of worksite wellness programs, and the social inclusion of persons with disabilities in integrated work and leisure settings.


Ph.D. – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Recreation, Sport and Tourism, Champaign, IL
M.S. – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Human Resource Management, Troy, NY
B. S. 1986 – University of Connecticut, Rehabilitation Services, Storrs, CT