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Dr. Madan Kundu

Dr. Kundu is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies at Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Rehabilitation Counselor (LRC), and a Fellow of the Nation Rehabilitation Counseling Association (FNRCA). He has over 50 years of extensive experience in national and international rehabilitation.

He was a Consultant to the Regional Rehabilitation Cultural Diversity Initiative (RCDI), the National Council on Disability (NCD), and American Indian Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (AIRRTC). He served as a Research Consultant for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) at Howard University, Washington, D.C. Dr. Kundu served as President of the state, regional, and national divisions of the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association (NRCA), and national Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association (VEWAA).

Dr. Kundu in collaboration with the faculty has secured training, research, capacity building, and service project grants of $34 million. Currently, he is serving as the Project Director of the Vocational Rehabilitation National Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities and two Long Term Training Grants in Rehabilitation Counseling funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA); and one Field Initiated Research Project funded by the National Institute on Disability and Independent Living Rehabilitation Research (NIDILLR).

In the past, he served as the Project Director of Minority-Disability (MIND) Alliance Project for Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in collaboration with Hunter College of New York funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF); Project Director, Rehabilitation Research Institute for Underrepresented Populations (RRIUP) funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR); Project Director of Rehabilitation Services Administration funded Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD), Rehabilitation Capacity Building Program (RCBP), and Long-Term Training in Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment (VEWA) grants.

Currently, he is the Co-Chair of the Work and Employment Commission and an Executive Board Member of Rehabilitation International (RI), a consultative organization of the United Nations, assisting in the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UN-CRPD). He has served as Board Member of the United States International Council on Disability (USICD).

Dr. Kundu has received 50 academic, research, and service awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship (1970-71), the 1985 American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) Research Award; 2001 National Association for Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (NAMRC) Research Award; 2001 National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) Educator of the Year Award; 2002 Consortium of Administrators of Native American Rehabilitation (CANAR) Recognition Award; 2004 Award of Oklahoma Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Programs; 2006 and 2012 National Rehabilitation Association-Job Placement Division (NRA-JPD) Research Award for developing A Systems Approach to Placement (SAP): A Holistic Technique; 2008 Researcher and Scholar of Year of the College of Sciences and Outstanding Research Investigator of the Year, Southern University; 2013 Dr. Sylvia Walker Multicultural Education Award; and 2017 Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Education Award of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education.

Dr. Kundu has published 1 monograph, 5 book chapters, and 42 referred journal articles. In addition, 1 book chapter is in press and 3 articles are under review. He has made 150 presentations in local, regional and national conferences, 57 presentations in international conferences, and traveled to 39 countries.