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Debra Harley

Dr. Harley received her doctoral degree from Southern Illinois University in 1992. She received her master's and bachelor's degrees from South Carolina State University. Before joining the faculty at the University of Kentucky she taught at Eastern Illinois University. She has worked as a rehabilitation counselor and an employment counselor.
Her research foci include cultural diversity, gender issues, substance abuse, and ethics. Dr. Harley is past editor of the Journal of Rehabilitation Administration and the Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling. She is a Mary E. Switzer Scholar and recipient of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education Educator of the Year award (2006), the Provost's Outstanding Teaching award (2002), and the Sylvia Walker Education Award (2001). Dr. Harley is an inaugural inductee into the South Carolina State University Rehabilitation Counseling Program Hall of Fame.
Dr. Harley is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She served as a commissioner for the Comissioner on Rehabilitation Education Graduate Standards Board. Dr. Harley is affiliated with the Gender and Women's Studies Department, the African American Studies and Research Program, and the Center on Research on Violence Against Women.