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Ni Gao, PHD

Department : Psychiatric Rehabilitation And Counseling Professions
Program/Division : Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Academic Title: Associate Professor

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Degree Degree Source Year Awarded
MSW Syracuse University 1991
PHD UMDNJ-School of Health Related Professions 2008
Title Authors Where and When
The relationship between hope and symptoms Waynor, W. R., Gao, N., Dolce, J. N., Haytas, L., & Reilly, A. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. Vol. 35 (4): 345-348 (2012 )
Building Human Capital to Increase Earning Power among People Living with Mental Illnesses Gao, N., Schmidt, L. T., Gill, K., & Pratt, C. W. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. Vol. 35(2): 117-124 (2011 )
The application of human capital theory in vocational rehabilitation for individuals with mental illness Gao, N, Gill, K. J., Schmidt, L. T., & Pratt, C. W. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, . Vol. 32 (1): 25-33 (2010 )
A case illustration of strategies to improve employment outcomes among individuals receiving ACT services Gao, N. & Dolce, J. N. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Vol. 13 (2): 75-88 (2010 )
One-Stop Career Center customer satisfaction questionnaire: Psychometric properties of an instrument that can be used by individuals with and without disabilities Gervey, R., & Gao, N. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. Vol. 30 (1): 21-29 (2009 )
Creating organizational commitment to change: Key to consumer employment success in a supportive housing agency. Gao, N., Waynor, W. R., O Donnell, S. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. Vol. 31(1): 45-50 (2009 )
Person-centered employment planning teams: a demonstration project to enhance employment and training outcomes for persons with disabilities accessing the One-Stop Career Center system. Gervey, R., Gao, N., Tillman, D., Dickel, K., & Kneubuehl, J. Journal of Rehabilitation, 75(2), 43-49.. Vol. 75(2): 43-49 (2009 )
Gloucester County One-Stop Project: Results of staff training on customer satisfaction and employment outcomes for person with disabilities Gervey, R., Costello, L. & Gao, N Journal of Rehabilitation. Vol. 73 (3): 10-17 (2007 )
Diversity and Cultural Competence. In M.S. Salzer (Ed.), Psychiatric rehabilitation skills in practice: A CPRP preparation and skills workbook Rogers, J., Restrepo-Toro, M. E. & Gao, N. Vol. : 387-440 (2006 )
Gloucester County One Stop Project: Baseline level of Access and Satisfaction of One Stop Center Customers with Disability Gervey, R., Gao, N. & Rizzo, D. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. Vol. 21: 103-115 (2004 )
Award Year
Excellence in Research of SHRP 2011
Doctoral Student Scholarship Award 2004-2005
Distinguished Service Award 1997
Research Interests
Factors such as education attainment associated with employment success among individuals with psychiatric disability; Cultural issues in psychiatric services
Research Grants
Title Sponsor Effective Dates Role
Evaluating the Impact of Employment Services in Supportive Housing NIDRR, U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services 2013 - Ongoing PI
The Impact of Self-Help Center Characteristics on the Satisfaction and Empowerment of People with Serious Mental Illness UMDNJ Foundation 2009 - Present principle investgator
Title Details
Associate Professor   Ni Gao, Ph.D., LCSW is an assistant professor at the Integrated Employment Institute in the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions at UMDNJ, where she provides consultation and technical assistance related to the development and delivery of evidence-based practice employment services. Previously Ms. Gao worked in the community mental health field in New York and New Jersey. She has worked in case management, partial care and outpatient programs and held management positions for over ten years. She has presented workshops and trainings in New Jersey and at national conferences. Her research interests include enhancing employment services and outcomes among people with mental illness and improving mental health services for ethnic minority groups. Ms. Gao is a co-author of several articles on employment issues for people with psychiatric disabilities

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