David F. Burganowski
Director of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program
Director of the Center on Rehabilitation Synergy
Research Associate Professor
Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology
- Counseling, School and Educational Psychology
- Rehabilitation Counseling
David F. Burganowski, Ph.D., CRC, is the founder and executive director of the Center on Rehabilitation Synergy at the University at Buffalo. He is also an associate research professor in the Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology (CSEP) of UB’s Graduate School of Education. Additionally, he is the director of the CSEP Rehabilitation Counseling master’s degree program.
The Center on Rehabilitation Synergy houses three grants: Region 2 Technical Assistance and Continuing Education Center (federal); Model Transition Program (state); and, the Supported Employment Training Initiative (state). In addition, both the seated and online master’s degree program in Rehabilitation Counseling from UB’s Graduate School of Education as well as the doctorate program in Special Education from Buffalo State College, are affiliated with CRS.
Dr. Burganowski has been in the field of rehabilitation counseling for three decades, and has nearly 20 years of program administration experience. He has seven years of direct training services at the state, regional, and national level, and four years of clinical experience at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Buffalo, New York.
Over the past two decades, Dr. Burganowski has provided leadership at the university, state, national and international levels in several ways. He has: (1) secured over 25 million dollars in grant funding from the U.S. and New York State departments of education; (2) provided a robust array of technical assistance and vocational rehabilitation training services for providers in vocational, community, and Native American rehabilitation programs, school staff, Centers for Independent Living, and related agencies throughout New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; and (3) served as director of the University at Buffalo’s master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. A major thrust of Dr. Burganowski’s directorship has been increasing access to this program by developing an online program.
Dr. Burganowski’s scholarly focus is in several areas of rehabilitation including transition, substance abuse, traumatic head injury, strategic planning, and organizational development. He teaches courses in Rehabilitation Counseling, and advises and supervises students in the Rehabilitation Counseling master’s degree program.