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Dr. Irmo Marini

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  • Master of Arts , clinical psychology
    Lakehead University
  • Honors Bachelor of Arts , psychology
    Lakehead University
  • Ph.D. , rehabilitation
    Auburn University
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The Professional Counselor's Desk Reference - Irmo Marini, Mark Stebnicki - Springer Publishing, 27 Dec 2008 [cached]
Authors: Irmo Marini, PhD; Mark Stebnicki, PhD
Marini and Stebnicki provide a wide range of culturally diverse treatment approaches that will expand the counseling profession's knowledge, awareness, and skills.
Dr. Irmo Marini, is Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of rehabilitation in the College of Health Sciences and Human Services at the University of Texas Pan-American in Edinburg, Texas. He coordinates a graduate program in Rehabilitation Counseling. He received his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation at Auburn University and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Lakehead University, in Thunder Bay, Canada. He has national certifications as Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and a Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP). Dr.Marini is on the editorial boards of several rehabilitation counseling journals and has over 60 journal and book chapter publications. He also writes a quarterly column for the Psychosocial Process, the official journal of the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers. He is the recipient of four outstanding faculty awards in scholarship and two in teaching. Dr. Marini is former Chair of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, the national certifying body of over 16,000 Rehabilitation Counselors in the US and Canada, and is current President of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association. Dr. Marini owns and operates Marini & Associates forensic rehabilitation consultants specializing in vocational assessments and life care planning in legal cases involving personal injuries.
Canadian Association of Rehabilitation Professionals > National Conference > Presenters, 22 Aug 2002 [cached]
Presenters | Rick Hansen | Val Lougheed | Dr. Garry Wheeler | Hal Cain | Imro Marini | Gisela Theurer | Dr. Connie Burns | Ken Jobin | James Cameron | Roy Ferguson | Chris Jenkins | Keith Pennock | Vilia Tarvydas | David Doig | Kathleen Achenbach | Chris Sutarno | Eileen Funk | Lucinda Socha | Jean Pettifor | Earl Anderson | Fred McGinn | Nancy Marlett | Wendy Duke | Alisa Ferdinandi | Kate Reeve | Tim Maloney | David Granirer
Dr. Marini is Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the rehabilitation counseling program at the University of Texas-Pan American.He holds a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Services/Counseling from Auburn University, AL, and a master's degree in clinical psychology from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Dr. Marini is current Chair of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, Treasurer of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, and a Commissioner on the Council on Rehabilitation Education.He is a certified rehabilitation counselor and life care planner as well as registered forensic vocational expert.He serves on four national editorial boards, has over 50 refereed publications and over 40 national presentations.
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Dr. Irmo Marini - more than a professor
Dr. Irmo Marini, is a Lakehead grad whose drive has made him a leader in rehabilitation counselling - a field that enables people with disabilities to reach their personal and career goals. Dr. Marini is a professor and Ph.D coordinator with the University of Texas Pan-American's doctoral program in Rehabilitation Counselling. His practice, teaching, and many publications focus on the interplay between poverty, oppression, and disability and he is a champion of a holistic model of rehabilitation.
Dr. Marini was a competitive varsity athlete at Lakehead University until an injury during a hockey game left him paralyzed from the chest down. Nevertheless, he persevered and continued on to complete his MA in Clinical Psychology and became Lakehead's first student counselor and ultimately Director of Counselling. Dr. Marini continued on to attain a Ph.D. Rehabilitation Counselling from Auburn University in Alabama. He is co-author and co-editor of three counselling textbooks and over 70 journal publications, has received the J.F. Garrett Distinguished Career Award in research from the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, and the Distinguished Career Award in Education from the National Council on Rehabilitation Education.
Dr. Irmo Marini will receive a Doctor of Science
Dr. Irmo Marini receives ..., 13 April 2010 [cached]
Dr. Irmo Marini receives national recognition for achievement in rehabilitation counseling research
Dr. Irmo Marini receives national recognition for achievement in rehabilitation counseling research Comments 0 | Recommend 0
April 13, 2010 1:03 PM UTPA
Dr. Irmo Marini, professor and Ph.D. coordinator in the Department of Rehabilitation at The University of Texas-Pan American, is the 2010 recipient of the James F. Garrett Award for a Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Research.
The Garrett Award is presented by the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) in recognition of excellence in research contributions to rehabilitation counseling over one's career. The award was presented March 21 to Marini at the American Counseling Association's annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pa.
"It feels good to be recognized for the countless hours I have spent over the last 17 years of writing and research," Marini said.
"It is only bestowed when a nominee clearly demonstrates the highest level of productivity and impact to the field through their research efforts across their career," Keferl wrote in a letter announcing the award to Marini.
Marini, at UTPA since 1996, has more than 65 peer-reviewed journal publications in 24 different national and international journals and 11 book chapters. His co-edited book, "Professional Counselors Desk Reference," published in 2009, has 81 chapters, 95 contributors and is currently in more than 270 libraries around the world. He also has two new contracts for books that will be out in the next two years, both on the psychology of disability.
Marini said what he enjoys most about writing and researching is the knowledge that he is making an educational impact for students and practicing professions outside of the classroom.
"It is always satisfying to receive e-mails from students or professionals across the globe asking for more information regarding a certain publication of mine that they have read. The information makes them better practitioners, which in turn may directly or indirectly have a positive impact on the clients they work within counseling," Marini said.
"I think it is important for students in our classroom to read not only the work of other experts in the field, but to read our own research and recognize that we here at UTPA are cutting-edge experts in the field as well. I believe it's a sense of pride for them as it is with me," Marini added.
The Garrett Award is one of many recognitions Marini has received in his 18-year academic career that began following a spinal cord injury he sustained at age 23 during a 1981 ice hockey game. This was a time when he has said the future he had hoped for of a semi-pro hockey career, which relies on brawn, turned to a commitment to use his brain to make a living. He went on to earn an Honors Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 1984 and a Master of Arts in clinical psychology in 1985 from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Canada. He obtained his Ph.D. in rehabilitation from Auburn University in Alabama in 1992.
"I became more intrinsically interested in rehabilitation psychology and counseling; essentially the question - how do people adjust to different disabilities? Why do some people adjust really well, most others not so well? What are the traits of those who do well despite tremendous odds against them? So I decided to get a Ph.D. in rehabilitation counseling, and have been exploring these topics ever since," Marini said.
Prior to starting his academic career at Arkansas State University, where he worked from 1992-1996, Marini worked as a student and career counselor, a disabled student specialist, a vocational director in a mental health center and as a project director for the regional Center for Independent Living. Since 1994, Marini has also maintained a private practice in forensic rehabilitation and serves as an expert witness in litigated cases where people have sustained injuries either through medical malpractice or product liability or personal injury.
"Marini's work experience over the past 25 years has undoubtedly contributed to his research interest and knowledge base, and represents the essence of his diverse research and writing agenda," said Dr. Noreen M. Graf, professor in the UTPA Department of Rehabilitation, who nominated Marini for the Garrett Award. "Marini's work experience over the past 25 years has undoubtedly contributed to his research interest and knowledge base, and represents the essence of his diverse research and writing agenda," said Dr. Noreen M. Graf, professor in the UTPA Department of Rehabilitation, who nominated Marini for the Garrett Award.
"Irmo was largely responsible for the establishment of the Ph.D. program by developing the proposal, and securing a $750,000 RSA long-term training grant as the principal investigator for the Ph.D. students," she said.
The new Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling Program, which Marini directs, is the first program of its kind in the state. The U.S. News & World Report 2009 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools ranked UTPA's rehabilitation counseling program as one of the top programs in the country. The RSA Doctoral Long-term Training Grant will provide between three to five scholarships per year, which will include full tuition and fees and living expenses for Ph.D. students in rehabilitation counseling.
Among many faculty awards for research and scholarship, Marini was selected to receive the Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Education Award from the National Council on Rehabilitation Education in 2009. That award recognizes not only research and publishing but excellence in teaching and service.
"I've really enjoyed getting students involved in my research because it opens up their world beyond the classroom," Marini said.
His colleague Graf says the quantity of Marini's contributions to the rehabilitation counseling field over the past years is matched only by the quality of his work.
"His work is commonly cited in the works of other rehabilitation counseling professionals, and his mixture of empirical versus conceptual practical application rehabilitation counseling studies provide fellow researchers and practicing counselors' ideas for further research and/or practical counseling implications. Dr. Marini has always maintained that the research we do must have practical application value for our students and practicing counselors," she said.
For more information on the ARCA and the Garrett Award, visit For more information on the Ph.D. program in rehabilitation counseling that Marini oversees, go to
Irmo Marini, a professor in ..., 23 April 2007 [cached]
Irmo Marini, a professor in health sciences and human services at the University of Texas-Pan American, thinks the study is on to something.
Marini fractured his neck in 1981 at age 23 when he was playing hockey for Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario.In an instant, he went from being an able-bodied athlete to being a wheelchair-bound quadriplegic.But a year after his injury, he says, he found that sense of discipline and need to succeed he'd felt as an athlete returning.For instance, because he can't fully grip with his hands, Marini ties tensor bandages around his wrists and hands to hold weights so he can lift.That stubbornness, often associated with machismo, paid off.
"It's almost like, for myself and some others I know, we've taken the physical discipline we had before our injuries and turned it into mental discipline," he says.
Marini, who has a Ph.D. in rehabilitation counseling from Auburn University, says people with military experience tend to have this sense of discipline too.He also believes the benefits of this way of thinking might extend to people with lesser injuries.
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