Clinical Psychologist, Research and Development Service
James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and Clinics
Dr. Lisa Ottomanelli is a national thought leader committed to promoting effective interventions to restore and enhance employment and community reintegration for persons with disabilities. As a psychologist and researcher in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Health Administration, she has over 25 years of experience serving Veterans with spinal cord injuries and other cognitive and mental disabilities, working with diverse interdisciplinary teams, and advocating for systems change to implement best practices in rehabilitation services.
Her focused program of research, implementation, and knowledge translation transformed employment services for Veterans with physical and cognitive disabilities in VHA. These efforts lead to a paradigm change that moved the field of rehabilitation medicine toward evidence-based models of integrated competitive employment services that are consumer-driven and lead to meaningful employment and improved quality of life.
Lisa completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Texas Tech University and completing her internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling at the University of South Florida, in Tampa, and serves on the Board of Psychologists, Social Workers, and Counselors of the Academy of SCI Professionals (ASCIP) and on the Vocational Rehabilitation Core Dataset Committee of the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS).
Lisa is an international speaker and author of articles, book chapters, toolkits, and guides on employment and disability for both consumers and professional audiences. She has received national recognition for her scholarship, leadership, advocacy, and research in the field of rehabilitation, including the Elizabeth and Sidney Licht Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the Clinical Excellence Award from Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the Essie Morgan Excellence Award from the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
12:35 PM – 1:50 PM ET