This presentation will provide an overview of results from a survey conducted by Rutgers University (RU) Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions. Surveys were administered to all RU students enrolled in online classes during the Spring 2015 semester. Students reported experiences regarding their online courses, as well as diagnoses of physical and mental health conditions. Analyses of survey results from 1,665 students focus on the differences between college students with and without psychiatric conditions as they relate to the reasons for choosing to take an online class, the benefits of online study, and the barriers experienced in online education. Recommendations of strategies to address barriers experienced by students with psychiatric conditions in an online learning environment will be discussed.
Derek Malenczak, MS, CPRP, is a faculty member at Rutgers University. He presently work in the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Counseling Professions as an undergraduate instructor, teaching both in the classroom as well as online. Research interests include online accessibility for people with disabilities and social media integration with online learning. Prior to his academic career, he spent 13 years helping people with mental illness who were discharged from long-term psychiatric hospitalizations, teaching them skills so they might recover and become better integrated into their communities.
Ann Murphy, Ph.D., CPRP is an Associate Professor and Program Director in the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She has extensive experience as a researcher focused on interventions to improve the lives of individuals with psychiatric conditions as well as a provider of psychiatric rehabilitation services. Dr. Murphy has served as research and data coordinator for several funded research studies focused on employment and educational services and interventions for adults with psychiatric conditions. Additionally, Dr. Murphy conducts program evaluations for a crisis respite service, jail diversion programs, a primary and behavioral healthcare integration program, and a residential intensive services team. Current research interests also include the theoretical underpinnings of stigma related to adults with serious psychiatric conditions, the supports and barriers experienced by individuals with psychiatric conditions in online education and the role of early intervention services in helping individuals newly diagnosed with psychiatric conditions remain connected and involved in their valued life roles. Dr. Murphy has extensive experience providing psychiatric rehabilitation trainings to local, national, and international audiences. She has also taught undergraduate and graduate level courses including Statistics and Research Methods, Group Dynamics, Community Resources, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practicum, Applied Research, and Advanced Doctoral Seminar.