Meet the Team

Rooshey Hasnain

Rooshey Hasnain

Project Director

Role: As projector director I lead and guide activities that advance policies and practices that help to improve vocational rehabilitation (VR) and employment outcomes with culturally and linguistically diverse job-seekers with disabilities, their families, and community partners.

Interests: Traveling, arts/photography, spicy foods,  running, and outdoor adventures

Jae Jin Pak

Jae Jin Pak

Visiting Research Associate 1 / Community Outreach / Engagement Coordinator

Role: I work in collaboration with the project director and student research assistants to conduct outreach to various communities to share information about ADOPT’s work to assist Asian Americans with Disabilities (AAWDs) in the metropolitan Chicago area to connect to vocational resources and services needed to achieve meaningful employment.

Interests:  Tech gadgets, sci-fi and mystery thrillers.

Fabricio Balcazar

Fabricio Balcazar

Co-Project Investigator

Interests:Dr. Balcazar’s primary research interest is developing effective strategies for enhancing empowerment and personal effectiveness among individuals with disabilities. Dr. Balcazar has conducted research over the past 25 years on several disability-related areas, such as youth transitioning from school; the development and evaluation of a model service delivery approach to increase consumers’ empowerment in the Vocational Rehabilitation system; the promotion of cultural competence in rehabilitation services; and promoting entrepreneurship for people with disabilities, among many others.

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  •  For more information about donating to Asians with Disabilities Outreach Project Think-Tank (ADOPT), please contact:
    Keenan Cutsforth
    Assistant Dean for Advancement
    College of Applied Health Sciences
    University of Illinois at Chicago
    808 South Wood Street
    CMET, Suite 167, MC 518
    Chicago, IL 60612