Rene   Gonzalez

Associate Professor  

Office: EHABW 1.306
Phone: (956) 665-2672
Email: rene.gonzalez@utrgv.edu

Dr. Rene Gonzalez

Dr. Rene Gonzalez is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. He earned his master’s and doctorate in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Gonzalez is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). He has undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level teaching experience as well as 13 years of professional experience in the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. In addition, Dr. Gonzalez has clinical experience in assisting veterans with psychiatric disabilities and students with various disabilities attending post-secondary training. His current areas of research interest include, transition from high school to adult life, psychosocial aspects of chronic illness and disability, psychiatric rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation, employment outcomes for people with disabilities, and virtues and character strengths.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Vocational Rehabilitation Outcomes
    • Virtues and Character Strengths
    • Psychosocial Adaptation to Chronic Illness and Disability
  • Education

    • PhD, Rehabilitation Psychology, The University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2009
    • MS, Rehabilitation Psychology, The University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1993
    • BS, Rehabilitative Services, The University of Texas - Pan American, 1992
  • Currently Teaching

    REHS 6370 01 - Techniques in Rehab Counseling:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    REHS 6325 01 - Group Counseling:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




Selected Publications


  • Jeong Kim, Carolyn Hawley, Rene Gonzalez, Abigail Vo, Lara Barbir, Brian McMahon, Dong-Hun Lee, Jung Lee, and Yun Lee. "Resilience From a Virtue Perspective," Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin (June 2017).

  • Dana Brickham, Jeong Kim, Rene Gonzalez, and David Rosenthal. "Vocational outcomes of people with alcohol abuse/dependence who received state vocational rehabilitation services," Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation 45, no. 3 (November 2016): 267-279.

  • Jeong Kim, Christine Reid, Brian McMahon, Rene Gonzalez, Dong Lee, and Phillip Keck. "Measuring the Virtues and Character Traits of Rehabilitation Clients: The Adapted Inventory of Virtues and Strengths," Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 26, no. 1 (March 2016): 32-44.

  • Jeong Kim, Brian McMahon, Carolyn Hawley, Dana Brickham, Rene Gonzalez, and Dong-Hun Lee. "Psychosocial Adaptation to Chronic Illness and Disability: A Virtue Based Model," Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 26, no. 1 (March 2016): 45-55.

  • Eva Miller, Rene Gonzalez, and Jeong Kim. "Vocational rehabilitation outcomes among older adults with diabetes," Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation 44, no. 1 (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2016): 109-121.

  • Eva Miller, Rene Gonzalez, Amber Feist, and Jeong Kim. "Predicting vocational rehabilitation outcomes among older stroke survivors," Korean Journal of Rehabilitation Psychology 20, no. 2 (2013): 289-315.

  • Jeong Kim, Phillip Keck, Deborah Miller, and Rene Gonzalez. "Introduction to Positive Psychology: Overview and controversies," Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling 2, no. 1 (2012): 45-60.

  • Jeong Kim, Dong Lee, Rene Gonzalez, Jennifer Walsh, and Seong Cheon. "Introduction to rehabilitation counseling: The development of a new counseling profession in Korea," The Korean Journal of Rehabilitation Psychology 18, no. 2 (2011): 157-176.

  • Jacob Chan , John Keegan, Nicole Ditchman, Rene Gonzalez, Lisa Zheng , and Fong Chan. "Stigmatizing attributions and vocational rehabilitation outcomes of people with disabilities ," Rehabilitation, Research, Policy, and Education 25, no. 3&4 (2011): 135-148.

  • Jeong Kim, Norman Berven, Fong Chan, Rene Gonzalez, Deborah Miller, and Phillip Keck. "Virtues in relation to subjective well-being for people with chronic illness and disability," Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling 1, (2011): 61-76.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Thomas Shefcik. "RSA long term training grant", Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, $750,000.00 (2010 - 2015)

  • Thomas Shefcik. "RSA long term training grant,", Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, $750,000.00 (2010 - 2015)

  • Rene Gonzalez. Supplemental Travel Funds for Junior Faculty, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, $500.00 (April 2015 - April 2015)

  • Rene Gonzalez. Graduate Research Assistant. College Research Infrastructure Funding, Office of the Dean, $2,500.00 (2013 - 2013)

  • Rene Gonzalez. National Minority Male Health Project, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH), $79,431.00 (August 2012 - August 2013)

  • Rene Gonzalez. Supplemental Travel Funds for Junior Faculty, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, $428.52 (April 2013 - April 2013)

  • Rene Gonzalez. Graduate Research Assistant. College Research Infrastructure Funding, Office of the Dean, $2,500.00 (January 2011 - May 2011)



Selected Presentations


  • Jeong Kim, Rene Gonzalez, Dong Lee, and Kyong-Ae Ham. "Investigating Psychosocial Adaptation to Illness and Disability From Virtue Perspective," 2017 American Psychological Association, Annual Convention, American Psychological Association, Washington, DC United States (August 2017)

  • Jeong Kim, Rene Gonzalez, and Dong Lee. "Psychosocial Adaptation From Virtue and Character Strengths Perspective," 2017 American Psychological Association, Annual Convention, American Psychological Association, Washington, DC United States (August 2017)

  • Jeong Kim, Brian McMahon, Rene Gonzalez, "Virtue & Resilience," 2016 American Psychological Association, Annual Convention, American Psychological Association, Denver, CO United States (August 2016)

  • Rene Gonzalez, Eva Miller, and Miranda Lopez. "Caregiver Burden among Rural Hispanics," Broadening Our Horizon Through Collaboration: Opening the Box and Talking, National Council on Rehabilitation Education, Newport Beach, California (April 2015)

  • Jeong Kim, Rene Gonzalez, Krysta Johnson , and Carolyn Hawley. "Conceptualizing Resilience from a Virtue Perspective," Broadening Our Horizon Through Collaboration: Opening the Box and Talking, National Council on Rehabilitation Education, Newport Beach, California (April 2015)

  • Rene Gonzalez, Eva Miller, and Jeong Kim. "Well-being and Resiliency Associated with Obesity," Broadening Our Horizon Through Collaboration: Opening the Box and Talking, National Council on Rehabilitation Education, Newport Beach, California (April 2015)

  • Rene Gonzalez and Eva Miller. "Making the Most of Psychological Evaluations," "Serving the RGV Community Needs", The University of Texas – Pan American Department of Rehabilitation, Edinburg, TX (June 2013)

  • Eva Miller, Rene Gonzalez, and Amber Feist. "Baby Boomers and their Aging Parents: Transcending Traditional Caregiving," “Family Matters: Including Families in Rehabilitation Research, Education, and Services”, National Council on Rehabilitation Education, San Francisco, California (April 2013)

  • Rene Gonzalez. "Demographic characteristics and employment outcomes of persons with specific learning disabilities," Rehabilitation Conference, The University of Texas – Pan American Department of Rehabilitation, Edinburg, TX (April 2012)

  • Rene Gonzalez, Charlene Blankenship, and Roy Chen. "Employers’ Attitudes Toward Hiring Individuals with Disabilities," Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation Mid-Year Training and Technical Assistance Conference, Green Bay, Wisconsin (June 2011)

Current Courses

REHS 6370 01 - Techniques in Rehab Counseling:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
REHS 6325 01 - Group Counseling:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses