AACIPM is excited to welcome Wendy Coduti, PhD, CRC as the newest member of our Advisory Committee. We asked:

What made you interested in becoming involved with AACIPM?

Before entering academia I worked in the field of workers’ compensation, long term disability and human resources. I saw many different ways that pain manifests as reflected by the various clients on my caseload over the years, and the stigma often associated with chronic pain. Through my work now as a faculty member in the rehabilitation and human services program at Penn State University, I look for ways to bring practical knowledge and real life examples into the classroom. My work in the field before helps with this, but anytime I can become involved with groups and organizations that work in these areas every day benefits not just me, but my students as well. I was very impressed by the breadth and scope of knowledge, resources, advocacy and work that AACIPM does and I’m grateful to be working with such a great group of people.

Any exciting projects or collaborations you’re working on?

I am involved in many different projects but the one I am most proud and excited about is WorkLink (www.WorkLink.psu.edu), which is a 2 year certificate program at Penn State (University Park) that provides academic and career preparation for students with intellectual disabilities and emphasizes self-determination, advocacy, independent living and social inclusion on Penn State’s University Park campus. My colleague (Allison Fleming) and I started WorkLink and brought our first 3 students into the program (2019) and we will have another 4 join us this fall. I have enjoyed seeing our WorkLink students thrive at Penn State and break down the barriers that so many people have about what people with disabilities, specifically intellectual disabilities, can do!