Robert Gould

Robert Gould

Associate Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Studies Director, Disability and Human Development

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1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., 212 DHSP

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Robert Gould, PhD, is based in the Department of Disability and Human Development and is the Director of Research and Co-Principal Investigator for the Great Lakes ADA Center. He also is a co-investigator of the ADA National Network Knowledge Translation Center. His broader scholarship and interests include domestic and international law and policy, globalization, employment, and issues of human rights and social justice as they pertain to people with disabilities. He received his PhD in Disability Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago where his dissertation explored the influence of the Americans with Disabilities Act on changing attitudes towards people with disabilities. He is currently the Associate Editor of the forthcoming volume Disability in American Life: An Encyclopedia of Policies, Concepts, and Controversies published by ABC-CLIO. He teaches courses related to the disability in world cultures, human and civil rights, work, and law and policy.

Selected Grants

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, Rehabilitation and Research, Great Lakes ADA Center, Director of Research, Co-Principal Investigator

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, Rehabilitation and Research, ADA Knowledge Translation Center, Co-Investigator

Ford Foundation, HOPE: Hispanic Outreach for People with Disabilities in Employment , CO-Principal Investigator

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Service to the Community

Illinois State Rehabilitation Council, member (2021 – 2023); Embrace Inclusive Employment, Board of Directors

Notable Honors

2021 - College of Applied Health Sciences New Alum Award, UIC

2021 - UIC Teaching Recognition Program, UIC

2018 - 2019; 2019 - 2020 - Professional Fellow Program on Inclusive Disability Employment, US Department of State, Association of University Centers on Disabilities


PhD, Disability Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2016
MS,Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2011
BA, Secondary Education and English, University of Iowa, 2007