Saara   T.  Grizzell

Assistant Professor  

Office: EHABW 1.132
Phone: (956) 665-7036
Email: saara.grizzell@utrgv.edu

Saara T. Grizzell

In addition to my education, I have many years experience in a variety of rehabilitation fields, which include: neuro-rehabilitation; drug rehabilitation, and vocational rehabilitation.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Group Counseling
    • Acquired Brain Injury
    • Quality Assurance
  • Education

    • PhD, Disability Disciplines, Utah State University, 2015
    • Master of Rehabilitaion Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, Utah State University, 2007
    • BS, Psychology, University of Utah, 1994
  • Currently Teaching

    REHS 6325 02 - Group Counseling:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    REHS 8307 01 - Internship:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




Selected Publications


  • Saara Grizzell. "A Tool for Analyzing Program Evaluation Data: Structural Modeling," RPEN News. RPEN, 1, no. 1 April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2017: 1.5.

  • Saara Grizzell, J Smart, M Lambert, and J Fargo. "The use of feedback in group counseling in a state vocational rehabilitation setting," Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling 47, no. 4 (December 2016): 10-19.

  • Saara Grizzell and J Smart. "A Guide for working with vocational rehabilitation clients with acquired brain injury using the International Classification of Functioning model," Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling 44, no. 4 (2013): 17-24.

  • Bruce Reed, Andrea Almaguer, Saara Grizzell, and Justin Watts. "Collegiate Recovery Programs: Helping College Students in Recovery Succeed," No. Washington, D.C.: Journal of College Student Development/Johns Hopkins University Press .

  • Saara Grizzell, Veronica Umeasiegbu, Roy Chen, Sandy Rodriguez, and Jered Holder . "The Focus, Approach, and Structure of Group Counseling Interventions Involving Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury: A Content Analysis, 2001 - 2016," No. Milton Park, Didcot: Brain Injury/Taylor and Francis Group .



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Saara Grizzell. GIT GRA, Office of the Dean - College of Health Affairs, $9,120.00 (2016-09-01)



Selected Presentations


  • Saara Grizzell "Working with Clients Who Have Acquired Brain Injuries: Strategies and Techniques," Presentation Series, Graduate Rehabilitation Counseling Association, UTRGV (April 2018)

  • Saara Grizzell. "Using Patient Focused Research Methods to Improve Outcomes in VR Settings," WorkLife Resources, WorkLife Resources, On-line (2017)

  • Michael Shoemaker, Saara Grizzell, Becky Wiersig, and Terry Donovan. "Tools of the Trade, Part 1 and Part 2," Summit Conference 2017, Summit Group, Omaha, Nebraska (September 2017)

  • Saara Grizzell. "Supported and Customized Employment," Career and Job Placement Course, UTRGV, Edinburg (April 2017)

  • Saara Grizzell. "Ethical Considerations when Working with Transition Students," Job Placement and Development Membership Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah (2016)

  • Saara Grizzell. "Using Client-Focused Research Methods to Improve Outcomes," 8th Annual Performance Management in Vocational Rehabilitation, San Diego, CA (2015)

  • Saara Grizzell. "How to Conduct Forensic Evaluations and Testify in Court," Vocational Testing Services, Salt Lake City, Utah (August 2015)

  • Saara Grizzell. "How to Conduct Forensic Evaluations and Testify in Court," Vocational Testing Services, Salt Lake City, Utah (July 2015)

  • Saara Grizzell. "Group Counseling Training," Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, Salt Lake City, Utah (November 2013)

  • Saara Grizzell. "Managing Difficult Client Behaviors," Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, South Jordan, Utah (May 2013)

Current Courses

REHS 6325 02 - Group Counseling:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
REHS 8307 01 - Internship:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses