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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Andrew Phemister

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Andrew PhemisterAndrew Phemister is a tenured, Professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato. (MSU, M). He moved to Mankato and joined the Rehabilitation Counseling Program here in the fall of 2001. He has been a Rehabilitation Counselor since 1992 and has worked in private and public-based agencies where he served people with disabilities.

Andy completed his doctoral studies in Rehabilitation Counselor Education at Michigan State University in the summer of 2002. Previous study and degree completion include a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling (1992) from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIU-C), as well as a Bachelor's degree (1987) from SIU-C.

Dr. Phemister has been in involved in several professional activities since coming to MSU, M, including serving as the chairperson for the Cultural Diversity Committee and a volunteer-member for the International Committee, both in the College of Allied Health & Nursing. Andy has also served with the members of the student-run organization The Disability Awareness and Advocacy Group (DAAG) with on-campus events. He held the seat of Communications Chair for the Minnesota Rehabilitation Association (MRA) and was Co-Editor for their regional newsletter The Spotlight. Andy has served, or is currently serving, as an Editorial Consultant for the Journal of Rehabilitation, the Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, and The Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Journal. Additionally, he has held the seat of Educational Consultant to the Minnesota Rehabilitation Counseling Association (MRCA). Andy is also a member of several professional organizations including the National Rehabilitation Association (NRA) and the Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Association (RCEA).

His research efforts and publications focus on the sociological and psychological influences that may impact adjustment to disability. Andy is particularly interested in the person, environment factors that impact how individuals with disabilities interpret and attribute meaning to their lives. Other interest areas include the application of counseling theory and how individual interpretation may affect the motivation, self-determination, and adjustment of individuals with disabilities. Dr. Phemister has presented or guest lectured on a number of topics including Objective Self-Awareness, Stigma, and Disability, Factors Impacting Clinical Judgment, Rehabilitation Counseling Ethics, Diverse Experiences with Disability, and Professional Writing.