Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Disability and Human Development and the Rehabilitation Sciences Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Rooshey Hasnain, Ed.D., M.A., is a clinical assistant professor with the Department of Disability and Human Development and the Rehabilitation Sciences Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her primary professional interest is understanding the lives, challenges, and strengths of people with disabilities, especially those from refugee, immigrant, and limited English proficiency backgrounds. She has a long history of participating in community-university initiatives that focus on multicultural and multilingual disability and quality-of-life issues in partnership with key stakeholders and community groups. Most of her grant-funded research projects attempt to bridge the service and opportunity gaps between U.S. disability service systems and underserved disabled people and their families.
She is the founder and principal investigator of the Asians with Disabilities Outreach Project Think-Tank (ADOPT), a systems-change initiative that seeks to address productive living for Asians, immigrants, and refugees with disabilities through multisector outreach and innovative strategies. She is also the the principal investigator for a NIDILRR field-initiated project called Partners of Refugees in Illinois Disability Employment (PRIDE), which supports Illinois-based job-seeking refugees with disabilities as they access desired employment and career goals.
In addition to her work at UIC, she has been part of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) network since the mid-1990s. In this capacity, she worked with the University Centers for Excellence in Disabilities (UCEDDs) in Oregon, Massachusetts, and Illinois. In all these locations, she initiated new research and service-delivery models with key partners and groups. Dr. Hasnain serves on numerous boards, committees, and panels and has presented and published extensively on multicultural disability issues. Her work bridges inclusive education, vocational rehabilitation, disability studies, macro social work, and community psychology.