Frank J. Lane, Ph.D.
Dr. Frank Lane joined the IIT Rehabilitation Psychology program in 2006 as an assistant professor. He became the Head of the Division of Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology programs in 2010.
Dr. Lane earned his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science with an emphasis on behavioral and emotional integration at the University of Florida. His doctoral training prepared him for interdisciplinary research; an emphasis that resonates throughout his teaching and research. Dr. Lane has 6 years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in rehabilitation and psychology. He has experience teaching in traditional and distance education venues utilizing Blackboard and Web-CT platforms.
People with disabilities could best describe the common thread that can be found to run through Dr. Lane’s research projects as physical and attitudinal barriers that prevent or factors that facilitate full participation in society. The three topical areas Dr. Lane has explored along this line include assistive technology research and selection, professional and research ethics, and hate crime victimization of persons with disabilities.
He has over 10 years of clinical and administrative experience directing state-federal vocational rehabilitation, vocational work evaluation, and private-sector rehabilitation programs. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Illinois.
Dr. Lane teaches a series of three courses for the specialization-certificate in Rehabilitation Engineering Technology (RET) at IIT. The three courses are:
Survey of Interdisciplinary Applications of Rehabilitation Engineering Technology (PSYC 583)
Access to Independence through Assistive Technology (PSYC 584)
Fieldwork in Applications of Assistive Technology (PSYC 585)
Inter-professional Project: Assistive devices for blind swimmers (IPRO 310)
Dr. Lane currently serves as President of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) (www.arcaweb.org) Prior to his term as President he served as the Chair on the Councils of Public Relations and Awareness and Organization, Administration and Management.
Dr. Lane is also a member of the board of directors for the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) the body that accredits graduate programs that train rehabilitation counselors www.core-rehab.org
Dr. Lane also serves as an editorial board member for the Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin and the Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counseling.
Research & Major Accomplishments
One of Dr. Lane's projects focuses on the professional preparation of rehabilitation professionals on the appropriate way to assist persons with disabilities to choose assistive technology. He is the Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Technology (RET) program, which is designed to prepare practitioners involved in the practice of rehabilitation (e.g. Rehabilitation Counseling, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Engineering) on the appropriate involvement of persons with disabilities in the process of selecting assistive technology. The three-course sequence culminates in a certificate in assistive technology.
The RET program is fully funded by the United States Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, through a training grant that provides tuition and stipend support to students wishing to pursue RET as a specialization within their degree program or as a certificate program.
Dr. Lane is also a member of Dr. Phillip Troyk's research team at the Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering at IIT that is preparing for the first human trial of an intracortical visual prosthesis. Dr. Lane is engaged in interviewing both prospective candidates and recipients of visual prostheses to determine what information is important to prospective participants of a clinical trial, and as a basis for designing an informed consent process.
Brodwin, M. G., Swett, E. A., Lane, F. J., Wingfoon, S. (In Press). Technology in rehabilitation counseling. In R. M. Parker, E. M. Szymanski, & J. B. Patterson (Eds.), Rehabilitation counseling: Basics and Beyond(5th ed.) ProEd, Inc.: Austin, Texas.
Brodwin, M. G., Swett, E. A., Lane, F. J., Star, T. (2005). Technology in rehabilitation counseling. In R. M. Parker, E. M. Szymanski, & J. B. Patterson (Eds.), Rehabilitation counseling: Basics and Beyond (4th ed.) ProEd, Inc.: Austin, Texas.
Illinois Institute of Technology (2010, Spring). The human side of technology. IIT Magazine, spring 2010, p 9. Chicago, Illinois: Author.
Hate Crime & Disability. Dr. Lane conducted his dissertation research on law enforcement officers' endorsement of the bias categorization of crime scenarios: A prospective study of differences across protected categories. He has published the accumulated work to date on hate crime and disability and has presented his body of work as an invited member of an expert panel on the subject. A selection of publications and presentations on hate crime and disabilities is below.
Lane, F. J., Shaw, L. R. & Kim, M. (2009) Hate crimes committed against persons with disabilities. In B. Perry (Ed.) Victims of Hate Crime. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.
Lane, F. (2009, September). Bias crimes against persons with disabilities. Panel discussion conducted at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Boston, MA.
Lane, F., Shaw, L. & Kim, M. (2007, November). Differences in law enforcement officers' agreement with the bias categorization of crimes committed against persons with disabilities compared to other protected categories. Symposium conducted at the Annual Conference of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association: 50th Anniversary, Tampa, Florida.
Lane, F. (2006). Law enforcement officers' endorsement of the bias categorization of crime scenarios: A prospective study of differences between disability and other protected categories (Doctoral dissertation, University of Florida, 2006). Dissertation Abstracts International, 67(7), 3228769.
Ethics Dr. Lane has devoted a portion of his research agenda to issues that focus on professional ethics. In particular, he is interested in the influence of ethical workplace culture on ethical decisions and models that incorporate workplace culture into a counseling practitioner's decision-making. Selected publications and presentations on this topic are below.
Lane, F. & Shaw, L. R. (2010). A survey of Rehabilitation Counselors' experience of ethical workplace culture: Final report to the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. Final report presented to the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC), June 12, 2010, Chicago, Illinois
Shaw, L. R. & Lane, F. (2008). Ethical consultation: Content analysis of the advisory opinion archive of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 170-176.
Lane, F. & Troyk, P. (2010, September 13-15). Methods and results from interviews of prospective candidates and recipients of visual prostheses: What really matters? Invited panel discussion to be held at The Eye and the Chip World Congress on Artificial Vision, Dearborn, MI.
Lane, F. & Shaw, L. R. (2010, October 27-29). Results from a survey of Rehabilitation Counselors' experience of ethical workplace cultureInvited panel discussion to be held at the Annual Conference of the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association (NRCA), Oklahoma City, OK.