Charles Edmund Degeneffe

Charles Edmund Degeneffe, Ph.D., MSSW, CRC

Department Chair & Professor

Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education

San Diego

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Charles (Chuck) Edmund Degeneffe is a Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling at San Diego State University (SDSU) and Chair of the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education. He also directs the SDSU Certificate Programs in Cognitive Disabilities, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, and Co-occurring Disorders.

Chuck completed his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and joined SDSU and the Interwork Institute in August 2005. Chuck previously was an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling at California State University-Fresno from 2002 to 2005. Chuck's other academic degrees include a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Chuck holds the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor credential. He has experience in direct care residential support, supported employment, and counseling and service coordination. Chuck's clinical work has specialized on providing supports to persons with cognitive disabilities, including those with acquired brain injuries, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and learning disabilities.

Chuck’s primary research interests examine family response to acquired brain injury (ABI), community-based rehabilitation interventions for persons with ABI, veteran integration and adjustment, and professional issues in rehabilitation counseling education. He has published his work in rehabilitation counseling, rehabilitation psychology, social work, and brain injury journals. Chuck has also presented his research at the annual meetings of the American Psychological Association, the National Council on Rehabilitation Education, and the Brain Injury Association of California.

Chuck is on the Editorial Advisory Board for Brain Impairment, Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Practice, the Journal of Rehabilitation, Disability and Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, and Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education and is an ad hoc reviewer for several other journals. Chuck is a former President of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education and a former Board of Directors member for the Council on Rehabilitation Education, Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, San Diego Brain Injury Foundation, and California Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board.

Chuck is originally from the Milwaukee area. He enjoys tennis, bike riding, and visiting the national parks, especially Yosemite. Chuck, his wife Tamara, and daughter Sophia enjoy the beauty of San Diego and love to travel whenever possible.


Selected Publications

  • Degeneffe, C. E., Tucker, M., Ross, M., & Umucu, E. (2023). The influence of state-level contextual factors on State/Federal System vocational rehabilitation employment outcomes for persons with traumatic brain injury. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 66(2), 83–99.
  • Degeneffe, C. E. (2022). The Australian approach to acquired brain injury. Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, 36(3), 178-196.
  • Degeneffe, C. E. (2021). Families of veterans with traumatic brain injury in Australia and the United States: Implications for rehabilitation counsellors. The Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 27(2), 137-142.
  • Degeneffe, C. E. (2019). Understanding traumatic brain injury from a Gestalt approach. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 50(4), 252-267.
  • Degeneffe, C. E. (2016). A clarion call for social work attention: Brothers and sisters of persons with acquired brain injury in the United States. Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation, 15, 332-350.
  • Degeneffe, C.E., Tucker, M., & Griffin, J. (2015). Families of veterans with polytrauma injuries in the United States: A guide for rehabilitation counseling practice. In M. Millington and I. Marini (Eds.), Families in rehabilitation counseling: A community-based rehabilitation approach (pp. 213-230). New York: Springer Publishing Company.
  • Degeneffe, C. E. (2015). Planning for an uncertain future: Sibling and parent perspectives on future caregiving for persons with acquired brain injury. Journal of Rehabilitation, 81(4), 5-16.  
  • Degeneffe, C.E., Chan, F., Dunlap, L, Man, D., & Sung, C. (2011). Development and validation of the Caregiver Empowerment Scale: A resource for working with family caregivers of persons with traumatic brain injury. Rehabilitation Psychology, 56, 243-250.
  • Degeneffe, C. E. (2001). Family caregiving and traumatic brain injury.  Health and Social Work, 26 (4), 257-268.