Fabricio E Balcazar

Fabricio E Balcazar

Professor, Disability and Human Development

Office Phone

312-413-1646

Office

1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., 442 DHSP

Mail Code

626

Office Hours

By appointment

Related Sites

CCBMDR website

About

Dr. Fabricio E. Balcazar is interested in developing methods for enhancing and facilitating consumer empowerment and personal effectiveness among individuals with disabilities. Dr. Balcazar has conducted research over the past 25 years and has directed several federally-funded projects to develop and evaluate intervention models to increase consumer empowerment in vocational rehabilitation service delivery; to prevent dropout and promote successful transitions among minority youth with disabilities; and to promote entrepreneurship and economic self-sufficiency among youth and other individuals with disabilities, among many others. Dr. Balcazar is the director of the Center on Capacity Building for Minorities with Disabilities Research and in this capacity he has led efforts to promote cultural competence in service delivery. Dr. Balcazar has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and former president of Division 27 of the APA, Society for Community Research and Action.

Selected Grants

Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, Jobs for youth: a partnership to promote employment of inner-city youth with disabilities., Principal Investigator

Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services, VR Quality Assurance Improvement Project, Principal Investigator

Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services, Transition Model Implementation, Principal Investigator

National Institute on Disability & Rehabilitation Research, U.S Department of Education, Center on Capacity Building for Minority with Disabilities Research., Principal Investigator

Publication Aggregators

ResearchGate

Service to the Community

Appointed Member of the Board for the Youth Connections Charter School in Chicago, by the Illinois legislature enacting the creation of this school for minority dropouts, since 1997. I have been a Board member ever since. In this role, I have been able to advocate for services for minority youth with disabilities and helped start transition services with support from the IL Division of Rehab

Leadership in the Profession

Society for Community Research and Action, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association, Former President

Society for Community Research and Action, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association, Former Treasurer

Institute of Medicine, Committee on the use of assisted technology in eliminating or reducing the effects of impairments

College of Applied Health Sciences, Metoring Services Coordinator

Notable Honors

2015, June 27th - Outstanding Service and Leadership Award, Presented by the Society for Community Research and Action, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association

2015 - Excalibur Award, College of Applied Health Sciences Student Council for Teaching Excellence, University of Illinois at Chicago

2014 - Jaliscience de Corazon, Federacion de Jaliciences del Medio Oeste de los Estados Unidos” (FEDEJAL)

2012 - Professor of the Year Award, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago

Education

Ph.D., Developmental and Child Psychology, Department of Human Development and Family Life, University of Kansas, 1987