Roxanna Pebdani

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Charter College of Education
Division of Special Education and Counseling
Office Location: KH A 2052
Phone: (323) 343-4418 Email:



Dr. Pebdani completed a bachelors degree in psychology in 2004, at the American University of Paris.  Her master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling was earned at Syracuse University, and she has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Maryland.

After graduation, she completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Washington.  She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Maryland, Western Washington University, and Springfield College.

She started at CSULA in Fall of 2015.  She is currently coordinator of the Rehabilitation Counseling master’s program and teaches in the master’s program in Rehabilitation Counseling and the undergraduate program in Rehabilitation Services.

Teaching interests

Dr. Pebdani enjoys teaching in the Rehabilitation Counseling graduate program and the Rehabilitation Services Undergraduate program at CSULA.  She teaches the Multicultural Counseling, Supervised Internship in Rehabilitation Counseling, Assessment in Counseling, Principles of Research and Program Evaluation, and Group Counseling courses.


Dr. Pebdani’s research focuses on women’s issues in disability.  She focuses on pregnancy and fertility for women with disabilities.  She also conducts research on sexuality and disability.  Additionally, she enjoys publishing and presenting on pedagogy in rehabilitation counseling.

Recent Publications

Dong, S., Ferguson, T., Oire, S., & Pebdani, R.N. (In Press).  Examining the quality and quantity of supervision in rehabilitation counselor training. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counseling.

Pebdani, R. N., Johnson, K., Amtmann, D., Bamer, A., & Wundes, A. (2015). Experiences and perspectives of pregnancy in women with multiple sclerosis. Sexuality and Disability. 33, 47-52. doi:10.1007/s1195-014-9363-7

Pebdani, R. N., & Johnson, K. L. (2015).  Rehabilitation counseling students report on training and sexuality. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 58(3), 173-175, doi:10.1177/0034355214553308

Pebdani, R. N. (2014).  Factors related to early termination for youth with disabilities. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counseling, 20(2), 100-113. doi:10.1017/jrc.2014.11

Wundes, A., Pebdani, R.N., & Amtmann, D. (2014). What do healthcare providers advise women with multiple sclerosis about pregnancy?  Multiple Sclerosis International, 10.1155/2014/819216

Pebdani, R. N., Johnson, K. L., Amtmann, D. (2014). Personal experiences of pregnancy and fertility in individuals with spinal cord injury. Sexuality and Disability, 32(1), 65-74, 10.1007/s1195-013-9319-3

Pebdani, R. N. (2013) Rehabilitation counselor knowledge, comfort, approach and attitude towards sex and disability. Rehabilitation Research, Policy and Education, 27(1), 32-43

Book Chapters

Pebdani, R. N. (2015). Advocacy and Accessibility. In J. Stano. (Ed.), Ethics in Rehabilitation Cousneling, A Case Study Approach. Aspen Professional Services.

Pebdani, R. N. (2015). Ethics in Research and Publiction. In J. Stano. (Ed.), Ethics in Rehabilitation Cousneling, A Case Study Approach. Aspen Professional Services.

Lee, C. C., Na, G., & Pebdani, R. N. (2013). Teaching that Encourages Professional Involvement. In J. West, D. L. Bubenzer, J. Cox, & J. McGlothlin. (Eds), Teaching in Counselor Education: Engaging Students in Meaningful Learning. Alexandria, VA: Association for Counselor Education and Supervision

Lee, C.C., Na, G., & Pebdani, R. N. (2012). Cross Cultural Counseling. In D. Capuzzi & D. R. Gross (Eds.), Introduction to the Counseling Profession (6th Ed.). Rutledge.

Fabian, E., & Pebdani, R. N. (2012). The Career Development of Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities. In S. D. Brown & R. W. Lent (Eds.), Career Development and Counseling: Putting Theory and Research to Work (2nd Ed.). Hoboken: Wiley.


Bourgeois, P, & Pebdani, R. N. (2015, April). Reframing disability: Teaching students to think critically about popular media.  National Council on Rehabilitation Education 2015 Spring Conference.  Newport Beach, CA.

Accordino, M., Pebdani, R. N., & Bourgeois, P. (2015, April). Comparing traditional and distance formats of a psychiatric rehabilitation course.  National Council on Rehabilitation Education 2015 Spring Conference.  Newport Beach, CA.

Pebdani, R. N., Ferguson, T., Dong, S., & Oire, S. (2014, November). Exploring the status of supervision training in rehabilitation counseling. National Council on Rehabilitation Education 2014 Fall Conference. Washington, DC.

Johnson, K., Pebdani, R. N., & Amtmann, D. (2013, October).  Adaptation of an SCI measure to collect patient reported outcome data about bowel and bladder symptoms in Multiple Sclerosis. Poster presented to the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis 18th Annual Conference of Rehabilitation in MS.  Copenhagen, Denmark.

Pebdani, R. N., Johnson, K., Bamer, A., & Amtmann, D. (2013 October). Comparing two sleep measures in multiple sclerosis.  Poster presented to the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis 18th Annual Conference of Rehabilitation in MS.  Copenhagen, Denmark.

Pebdani, R. N. (2013, April). Early termination for youth with disabilities: How can we help? National Council on Rehabilitation Education 2013 Spring Conference. San Francisco, CA.

Pebdani, R. N., Amtmann, D., Wundes, A., & Johnson, K. (2013, April). Menopause and MS: What should Rehabilitation Counselors Know? Poster presented at the National Council on Rehabilitation Education 2013 Spring Conference. San Francisco, CA.

Pebdani, R. N., Lee, C. C., Vontress, C. E., Ebener, D. J., & Na. G. (2012, March). The challenges of diagnosing cross culturally with the DSM-V.  American Counseling Association National Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Pebdani, R. N., Na, G., & Gaenzle, S. (2011, March). Forging local partnerships: CSI and MACD working together to produce a student-focused leadership conference.  Poster presented at the American Counseling Association 2011 Conference and Exposition.  New Orleans, LA.

MacDonald-Wilson, K., & Pebdani, R. N. (2010, May).  The provision of job accommodations: How it works.  National Association of Rehabilitation Research Training Centers National Conference.  Alexandria, VA.

MacDonald-Wilson, K., & Pebdani, R. N. (2010, April).  How accommodations work.  Counseling and Personnel Services at the University of Maryland Monthly Colloquium.  College Park, MD.

Bryan, J. A., Pebdani, R. N., Oire, S., Na, G., Kim, J., & Gaenzle, S. (2010, April). Empowering vulnerable children and youth through school-family-community partnerships.  George Washington University.  Washington, DC.

Pebdani, R. N. (2010, March). Examining rehabilitation counselor comfort on the topic of sexuality and disability. American Counseling Association National Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Pebdani, R. N. (2009, May).  Sex? Disability? Are Rehabilitation Counselors talking? Presented at Graduate Research Interaction Day, College Park, MD

Ferguson, T., Pebdani, R., Dong, S., Oire, S., & Baldwin, A. (2009, March). Quantity and quality of supervision in Rehabilitation Counselor training.  Poster presented at the American Counseling Association, American Rehabilitation Counseling Association Student Forum, Charlotte, NC

Educational Background

Ph.D., Counselor Education, University of Maryland

M.S., Rehabilitation Counseling, Syracuse University

B.A., Psychology, American University of Paris

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