Julie J. Christensen, MSW, PhD, is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE). Prior to joining APSE, Dr. Christensen served as the Director of the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD), the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at the University of Iowa, where she was also research faculty in the Carver College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Christensen’s previous experience includes her role as the Director of Employment Programs at the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities at the University of Rochester (a New York UCEDD), where she served as the Principal Investigator and Project Director for the New York State Partnerships in Employment Systems Change project, Co-Director of the New York Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program, and as the New York State Coordinator for Project SEARCH. Dr. Christensen received her undergraduate degrees in advertising and music from Syracuse University, and a Masters in Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College and her Ph.D. in Health Practice Research at the University of Rochester.
Donald Taylor is the Manager of Operations and Digital Presence at TASH and the producer of YES To Employment.
This interview was originally recorded 27 July 2020.
The audio of this interview and the transcript have been lightly edited for clarity.
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