Faculty and Staff

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Everett Martin

Dr. Everett Martin
Wayne T. Smith Distinguished Professor
SERC Department Head

Dr. Dave Martin has served in a number of faculty and administrative roles at Auburn University and previously at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, he has served in various rehabilitation counseling, supervisory, and administrative positions in the state-federal vocational rehabilitation program. He has secured in excess of $7 million in federal grants. He has previously served as Chair of the Alabama State Rehabilitation Council, Chair of the Alabama Developmental Disabilities Council, and he is presently Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Alabama Governor’s Office on Disability. He has been a prolific contributor to the professional literature that addresses the topics of rehabilitation counseling and significant disabilities. He has authored (co-authored) five books, numerous book chapters, and monographs and reports for state rehabilitation agencies and organizations. He has published in an array of nationally refereed periodicals consistently for the past twenty-five years. He recently completed service as the editor of the Journal of Forensic Vocational Analysis. His primary research interests are focused on advocacy, leadership, inclusion, and empowerment of persons with disabilities. Dr. Martin has been repeatedly recognized for his outstanding leadership and service by the receipt of many awards and commendations from professional, governmental, and private agencies including appointments to significant state boards and councils.

(334) 844-7685 | martiev@auburn.edu | vita

Christine Fleming

Christine Fleming, M.S., CRC
Executive Director
Assistant Clinical Professor

Ms. Fleming earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Washington and Jefferson College, in Washington, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts. She is currently completing her doctorate at Auburn University with her research and training interests in improving employment outcomes for people with the most significant disabilities, systems change within public sector rehabilitation, rehabilitation ethics, case and caseload management, job development, and other disability related issues. She joined the Center for Disability Research and Service in 2013.

334-844-2077 | clf0006@auburn.edu | vita

Scott Renner

Dr. Scott Renner
Assistant Research Professor

Scott Renner earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, Louisiana and a Master’s in Social Work from Grambling State University.  He graduated from Auburn University with a PhD in Rehabilitation and Special Education in 2015. Prior to his position at the Center for Disability Research and Service (CDRS), he worked five years serving persons with disabilities as the Executive Director of the Montgomery Center for Independent Living. Prior to that Scott worked as the Information and Training Specialist for the State Tech Act Program STAR. He has previously served as Chair of the Alabama State Rehabilitation Council, Chair of the Alabama State Independent Living Council, and he is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Alabama Governor’s Office on Disability. He has been at the CDRS since January 2010 with a research focus in Assistive Technology.  He is involved in planning the annual Alabama Assistive Technology Expo and Conference at Auburn University and a collaboration project with the Department of Industrial and Graphic Design and the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling through the CDRS. The collaboration between the departments is a result of a recognized need to design and develop affordable assistive technology. The collaborative project between the CDRS and Industrial Design offers students an invaluable opportunity to work with individuals with disabilities while generating fresh design solutions.

(334) 844-5226 | rennesr@auburn.edu | vita

Dr. Hill

Dr. Doris Hill
Assistant Research Professor

Dr. Hill earned an undergraduate in Psychology from the University of Maryland and a Master’s of Behavioral Science from Cameron University. After a career in the United States Army, where she attained the rank of major, she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and taught students with autism spectrum disorder in Celebration, Florida.  She graduated from AU with a PhD in Collaborative Special Education with a focus in Autism/Behavior Disorders in 2009. She Joined the Center for Disability Research and Service in January 2011. 

(334) 844-2004 | hilldol@auburn.edu | vita

Dr. Curtis

Dr. Rebecca Curtis
Associate Professor, Lead Faculty, Rehabilitation Programs
Center Affiliate

(334) 844-2075 | curtirs@auburn.edu | vita

Dr. Nick Derzis

Nicholas C. Derzis, Jr, Ph.D., CRC
Director of Clinical Experiences for Rehabilitation Programs
Center Affiliate

Research interest and service is in the area of vocational interests, job development, incarcerated individuals with disabilities, and the Alabama Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum.

derzinc@auburn.edu  |  1214 Haley  |  334-844-2501  |  vita

Nancy Evans

Nancy Evans
Center Affiliate

Nancy Evans received her Bachelor of Arts degree in General Speech Communication from Auburn University in 1986. She has been employed in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling (SERC) on Auburn's campus since 2002. She is currently the Coordinator of Student Services in the department of SERC, and a Center Affiliate at the Center for Disability Research and Service, assisting with consumer satisfaction surveys for State agencies. She has been the recipient of Auburn University's Commitment to Diversity Award, Spirit of Excellence Award, and Chi Sigma Iota's Outstanding Mentor Award. 

(334) 844-2876 | evansna@auburn.edu

Dr. Flores

Dr. Margaret Flores, Ph.D, BCBA-D
Associate Professor
Center Affiliate

Dr. Margaret M. Flores is an Associate Professor within the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, & Counseling at Auburn University. Dr. Flores has worked in the field of special education for 15 years serving students with disabilities as a practitioner and researcher. As a special education teacher, she taught students with disabilities in self-contained, resource, and inclusive settings. Dr. Flores earned her doctoral degree from Georgia State University in Education of Students with Exceptionalities and taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio prior joining the faculty at Auburn University. Dr. Flores’ research interests include language and reading comprehension instruction for students with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. 

(334) 844-2075 | mmf0010@auburn.edu | vita

Dr. Kraska

Dr. Marie Kraska
Mildred Cheshire Fraley Distinguished Professor
Director of Research
Center Affiliate

Teaching Interests: research and statistical methods; measurement of learning; program evaluation. Research Interests: assessment of perceptions, values, and beliefs of current educational issues such as values associated with work; perception of students with special needs; student achievement and retention; application of statistical theory to practice; effective instructional practices; learner assessment.

(344) 844-2075 | kraskmf@auburn.edu

Dr. Jill Meyer

Jill M. Meyer, Ph.D., LCPC, CRC
Assistant Professor
Center Affiliate

Dr. Meyer earned her doctoral degree in Counselor Education from the University of Missouri- St. Louis, and completed her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1996, at the University of Illinois- Champaign. She has a wealth of experience in rehabilitation services and federal grants. Her research interests include: psychological well-being, hearing loss, coping, positive psychology, the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities, and other disability related issues.

Jill.Meyer@auburn.edu | 1226 Haley Center | 334-844-2109 | vita

Lee Ann Rawlins

Lee Ann Rawlins, Ph.D., CRC, CFLE
Assistant Professor
Center Affiliate

Dr. Rawlins earned her doctoral degree in Child and Family Studies with an emphasis in Disability and the Family from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She earned her Master of Science degree  in Rehabilitation Counselor Education in 1998, also at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Her research and training interests include disability and aging, rehabilitation case/caseload management, public sector rehabilitation, and other disability related issues.

(334) 844-7676 | lrawlins@auburn.edu | vita

Anita Smith

Anita Smith
Office Supervisor

Anita Smith is a native of Auburn, Alabama. She graduated from Auburn High School and attended Auburn University. Anita has been office manager of her husband's business, Southeast Diesel, LLC for the past ten years as well as a stay at home mother to their three children. Anita joined the Center for Disability Research and Service in 2010 where she brought 12 years of office managing skills. Anita oversees the center's contracts and grants, payroll, Professional Services Contracts, Budgeting, and other administrative duties. 

(334) 844-2027 | ags0013@auburn.edu

Brandy Reaves

Brandy Reaves
Administrative Assistant I

Brandy Reaves is a native of Eclectic, Alabama. She is a graduate of Elmore County High School. Brandy has been with the Center for Disability Research and Service since September, 2012. Brandy's responsibilities as the receptionist for the center include performing overall clerical and administrative duties.

 (334) 844-2487  |  bcr0007@auburn.edu

Melissa Sylvester

Melissa Sylvester
Graduate Assistant

Melissa is a doctoral student in rehabilitation. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Auburn University. She earned her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Auburn as well. Melissa is also a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC). She works at the Center for Disability Research and Service as a graduate research assistant in Program Research and Evaluation.

(334) 844-8706 | sylveme@tigermail.auburn.edu 

Donna Lock

Donna Lock

Donna Lock has been with the Center for Disability Research and Service since July of 2010. A native of Pennsylvania, Donna’s background includes 28 years of varied experience in all areas of bookkeeping and office management for Pennsylvania local, city, and county government. Before moving to Alabama, she also spent three years working with the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh, New York. Her duties for the Center for Disability Research and Service include providing bookkeeping, clerical and administrative assistance to the coordinators, affiliates, and staff.

(334) 844-2487 | djl0004@auburn.edu

Last Updated: Jul 30, 2015

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