Research

The Department of Rehabilitation Counseling is committed to providing outstanding research opportunities. Through the years, we’ve built strong partnerships with clinical services on the UT Southwestern Medical Center campus that maintain research programs.

We operate a developmental neuropsychology service focused on research in learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. We also have an ongoing research interest in children’s executive functioning — with a special emphasis on the measurement of problem solving on standardized neuropsychological tests and its relationship to real-life adaptive behavior. This area has been the focus for theses in the Master of Rehabilitation Counseling Program and dissertations in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Our students regularly present their research at conferences held by leading organizations, including the American Psychological Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

We’ve also established a database of client information from the adult clients who utilize our services. Depending on topic, this database may be available to students for thesis research. Here are some examples of recent thesis topics:

  • Diabetes in Latinas: Depression, metabolic control and the role of acculturation and perceived social support
  • Internalized psychopathology and visual-spatial ability in children with learning disabilities
  • Effects of a six-week interdisciplinary program on depression, anxiety, and pain in patients with fibromyalgia
  • Relationship of internalizing behavior problems to intelligence and executive functioning in children
  • Characteristics of verbal and visuospatial subtypes in Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Assessing the application of the stages of change model as a correlate of outcomes in the treatment of chronic pain
  • Emotional functioning in epilepsy: Pre- and post-temporal lobectomy