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Dr. Chung-Fan Ni

Dr. Chung-Fan Ni

Program Coordinator and Associate Professor, Special Education

503-838-8038 | nic@mail.wou.edu | Education Building, Room 231

Dr. Chung-Fan Ni completed her Bachelor’s degree in Taiwan, and a Master’s and PhD in the US. She has accumulated twenty years of professional experience in college teaching, research, and rehabilitation and mental health counseling. In addition, she has served on the State Rehabilitation Council in Oregon since 2011 in meeting the needs of Oregonians with disabilities.  She has taught a variety of courses in the program. Her scholarly interest ranges widely, including various racial groups, rehabilitation needs and outcomes, mental disorders, and substance abuse. She has published her research in the areas of mental health, education, and employment among racial minorities.


  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, University of Connecticut, CT
  • M.A. in Creative Arts Therapy with Distinction, Hofstra University, Long Island, NY
  • B.A. in Nursing, National Cheng-Kung University, Tainan City, Taiwan

Teaching Focus Areas

  • Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling

Funding and Grants

  • 2011  Received WOU Foundation Grant, Chinese Club

Professional Experience

2008-present – Assistant Professor, Western Oregon University.

  • Delivered nine different graduate theory courses, 10 practica, and one internship.
  • Provided academic services, including serving as Chair for RCE students’ Graduate Portfolio projects,
  • supervising, advising, and mentoring.
  • Committed to scholarship development

2007-2008 – Teaching Assistant, University of Connecticut

  • Taught graduate courses Counseling Theory and Practice and Counseling: Advanced Practice.
  • Conducted practice session and supervision
  • Evaluated students’ academic performance

2005-2008 – Rehabilitation Service Counselor, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Vocational Rehabilitation, Office of Rehabilitation Service RI

  • Provided counseling and guidance
  • Developed individualized plans for employment
  • Provided transition services from school to employment
  • Provided college or vocational training
  • Provided job development and placement services
  • Provided job training and job supports

Professional Memberships

  • National Council on Rehabilitation Education
  • Asian American Psychological Association
  • National Rehabilitation Counseling Association (200-2009)
  • American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (2006-2009)
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (2006-9)
  • American Counseling Association (2006-8)
  • Society for Community Research and Action (American Psychological Association Division 27)

Awards and Honors

  • 2013  Received Faculty Development Fund, category I (Travel), III (Research), IV (Course reassignment)
  • 2012  Received Faculty Development Fund, category I (Travel)
  • 2011  Received Faculty Development Fund, category I (Travel)
  • 2011  Received Faculty Development Fund, category III (Research)
  • 2011  Received ASWOU Over Realized Fund, Chinese Club
  • 2009  Received WOU Foundation Grant, Chinese Club
  • 2009  Received Faculty Development Fund, category I (Travel)
  • 2008  Received Faculty Development Fund, category I (Travel)
  • 2008  Certified as a rehabilitation counselor, Valid October 1, 2008-September 30, 2013
  • 2007  Selected to participate in Rehabilitation Capacity Building and NIDRR-RSA Grant Writing Workshop, September 6-7

Graduate Courses

  • RC 609 Practicum in Rehabilitation Counseling,
  • RC 625 Rehabilitation Counseling Research,
  • RC 630 Group Work,
  • RC 650 Ethical Issues in Rehabilitation Counseling, and
  • RC 662 Measurement and Assessment Procedures in Deafness and Rehabilitation.

Recent Publications/Presentations

  • Ni, C. F., Wilkins-Turner, F., & Harrington,C. (2012).The effect of education on mental health and behavioral adjustments among American Indians from eastern tribes. Manuscript was submitted to Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin for publication in October 2012
  • Harrington, C., Ni, C. F., Wilkins-Turner, F., Liebert, D. E., &Ellien, V.(2012). Factors related to employment among Native Americans. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 34, 36-43.
  • Ni, C. F., Wilkins-Turner, F., Liebert, D. E., Ellien, V., &Harrington, C. (2011).  Native Americans with disabilities: A comparison of male and female eastern tribal members. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 7, 41-53.
  • Ni, C. F., Wilkins-Turner, F., Ellien, V., Harrington, C. & Liebert, D. E. (2009).Community needs assessment of Native Americans and one year follow-up evaluation.  Proceedings.