Charles Degeneffe

Charles Degeneffe

Curriculum Vitae

Charles (Chuck) Edmund Degeneffe is a Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling at San Diego State University (SDSU) and Chair of the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education. He also directs the SDSU Certificate Program in Cognitive Disabilities.

Chuck completed his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and joined SDSU and the Interwork Institute in August 2005. Chuck previously was an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling at California State University-Fresno from 2002 to 2005. Chuck's other academic degrees include a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Chuck holds the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor credential. He has experience in direct care residential support, supported employment, and counseling and service coordination. Chuck's clinical work has specialized on providing supports to persons with cognitive disabilities, including those with acquired brain injuries, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and learning disabilities.

Chuck's primary research interests examine adjustment and caregiving for family members of persons with acquired brain injuries, with a related focus on facilitating community participation in this population. A secondary area of Chuck’s work addresses professional issues within rehabilitation counseling education. He has published his work in rehabilitation counseling, rehabilitation psychology, social work, and brain injury journals. Chuck has also presented his research at the annual meetings of the American Psychological Association, the National Council on Rehabilitation Education, and the Brain Injury Association of California.

Chuck is on the Editorial Advisory Board for Brain Impairment, Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Practice, the Journal of Rehabilitation, Disability and Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, and Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education and is an ad hoc reviewer for several other journals. Chuck is a former Board of Directors member for the Council on Rehabilitation Education, and is a former President of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education. Chuck is also a former Board of Directors member for the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. Chuck currently serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation and is a member of the California Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board.

Chuck is originally from the Milwaukee area. He enjoys tennis, bike riding, and visiting the national parks, especially Yosemite. Chuck, his wife Tamara, and daughter Sophia enjoy the beauty of San Diego and love to travel whenever possible.