Curriculum Vitae

I worked for the University of Washington School of Medicine in the departments of Neurological Surgery and Neurology between 1976 and 2007.  At various times I served as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, faculty member, research scientist, and director of a vocational rehabilitation program. I also wrote and co-wrote research grants and service delivery grants.  My efforts were split between research related to neurological vocational rehabilitation and providing direct vocational services to people with neurological conditions.  This included working with people who had conditions such as traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, stroke, and multiple sclerosis.





1985 – PhDEducational Psychology, Emphasis on Neuropsychology
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1977 – M EdRehabilitation Counseling, Minor in Administration
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1973 – BAEnglish Literature
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Licenses and Credentials

1987 – datePsychologist: Washington State License #1164
(Specialties in Vocational Rehabilitation, Neuropsychology and Counseling)
1980 – dateCertified Rehabilitation Counselor: Certification #13185


Work History

1987 – datePrivate practice in psychology, vocational rehabilitation
1988 – 2006Director, Neurological Vocational Services, Department of Neurology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
1978 – 1987Coordinator, Vocational Counseling Services, University of Washington Regional Epilepsy Center, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
1976 – 1978Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Orion Industries, Seattle, WA
1972 – 1976Supervisor, Crisis Intervention Staff, Seattle Crisis Clinic, Seattle, WA


Pro Bono


2008 – dateCo-leader, vocational and life skills group, Monroe Reformatory, Monroe, WA
2004 – 2006Clinical Advisory Board, Washington Multiple Sclerosis Society, Seattle, WA
2003 – 2004Member, State Advisory Board, Guardian ad Litem program, King County, WA
1997 – 2005Guardian ad Litem, King County Superior Court, Seattle, WA
1980 – 1981Vocational Counselor, New Beginnings Shelter for Battered Women, Seattle, WA


Faculty Appointments


1986 – 1992Assistant Professor, University of Washington Department of Neurological Surgery, Seattle, WA
1981 – 1985Adjunct Faculty, University of Wisconsin Research & Training Center, Stout, WI




Principal Investigator:
  1. An Aptitude Battery for the Vocationally Impaired Epileptic – National Institute of Neurological, Communicative Disorders and Stroke, 1981-1984 ($178,241)
  2. High School Pre-Vocational Intervention Study – National Institute of Neurological, Communicative Disorders and Stroke 1983-1988 ($264,279)
  1. Toward Skilled Employment in Epilepsy Rehabilitation: A Project With Industry Rehabilitation Services Administration, 1980 – 2001; 2005- 2006 ($625,448)
  2. Project Transition US Dept of Education AMPS, Special Education Programs, 1984-1987 ($300,000)
  3. Vocational Re-Entry of the Head Injured: A Demonstration Project, DOE, 1987-1992 ($471,154)
  4. Intensive Intervention in Epilepsy Rehabilitation, DSHS, 1988-1989 ($69,401)
  5. Supported Employment in Traumatic Brain Injury, RSA, 1993-1996 ($130,000)





Clemmons D (1983) Relationship of GATB scores to successful employment for epileptics in a rehabilitation setting Epilepsia; 24:232-237
Clemmons DC, Dodrill CB (1983) Vocational outcomes of high school students with epilepsy J Appl Rehab Couns; 14(4):49-53
Clemmons D, Dodrill CB (1984) Vocational outcomes of high school students with epilepsy and neuropsychological correlates with later vocational success In Advances in Epileptology, RJ Porter et al, eds. Vol 15 New York, NY: Raven Press, 611-614
Dodrill CB, Clemmons D (1984) Use of neuropsychological tests to identify high school students with epilepsy who later demonstrate inadequate performances in life J Consult Clin Psychol; 54(4):520-527
Clemmons, DC (1985) Assessment of vocational aptitudes of epileptics in a rehabilitation setting: Doctoral dissertation, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Clemmons DC, Dodrill CB, Fraser RT, Trejo WR (1985) Use of an aptitude battery for screening lateralized cerebral dysfunction ERIC Document E 252758
Clemmons DC, Fraser RT, Dodrill CB, Trejo WR (1987) Neuropsychological correlates of tested vocational aptitudes for adults with epilepsy, in a rehabilitation setting J Appl Rehab Couns; 18(2):29-32
Clemmons DC, Fraser RT, Trejo WR (1987) The General Aptitude Test Battery: Implications for vocational counseling and employment in epilepsy rehabilitation J Appl Rehab Couns; 18(3):33-38
Curl RM, Fraser RT, Clemmons DC, Cook RG (1996) Traumatic brain injury vocational rehabilitation: Preliminary findings from the Co worker as Trainer Project J Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 11(1) Aspen Publications, 75-85
Fraser, RT, Clemmons, D, eds. (2000) Traumatic Brain Injury CRC Press 2000 Rh015b
Seidenberg P, Clemmons DC (1998) Maximizing school functioning and school to work transition: In Epilepsy: A Comprehensive Textbook, J Engle, TA Pedley, eds. New York, NY: Raven Press, 2203-2209
Clemmons DC, Fraser RT, Getter A, Johnson KL (2004) An abbreviated neuropsychological battery in multiple sclerosis (MS) vocational rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Psychology, v4,#2, 2004





Clemmons DC, Fraser RT, Eds. Monograph series: Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Paul M Deutsch Press, Orlando, Florida (l990/1991)
Clemmons DC (script writer/director) & Fraser RT, Editor: Video series of five training presentations on counseling skills and strategies in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, 1999
Clemmons, DC Medical and Vocational Aspects of Epilepsy: One hour video show, University of Washington Distance Learning Program, University of Washington, Seattle, February, 1995





“Vocational Re-entry of the Traumatic Brain Injured: A Preliminary Report” co-presenter: 97th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 12, 1989
“Vocational Procedures in Traumatic Brain Injury” co-presenter: National Head Injury Association 8th Annual Symposium, Chicago, Illinois, December, 1989
“MMPI Discriminators of Employability in Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation” co-presenter: 98th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Boston, Massachusetts, August 11, 1990
“Counseling interventions in traumatic brain injury” keynote speaker address: Rehab Services, Inc Sheraton Inn, Bismarck, North Dakota, June 23, 1992
“Vocational Outcome Following Epilepsy Surgery” co-presenter: American Epilepsy Society Meeting, Miami, Florida, November, 1993
“Vocational Implications of Multiple Sclerosis” co-presenter: Counseling Workshop, Anchorage, Alaska, September 15-17, 1997
“Traumatic Brain Injury Vocational Rehabilitation: Counseling and Planning Strategies in Job Placement and Stabilization” co-presenter: Counseling Workshop, Bozeman, Montana, May 19-20, 1998
“Current Perspectives on Psychosocial Intervention for Adults with Multiple Sclerosis co-presenter, American Psychological Association, San Francisco, California, August 14, 1998
“An Occupational Profile in MS Rehabilitation” co-presenter: poster presentation, International Consortium of MS Centers Annual Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, June, 2000
“A Model of Psychosocial Intervention in Non-Epileptic Seizures” co-presenter: American Epilepsy Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 2001
“Vocational Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis (MS): A Process Perspective” co-presenter in symposium at International Consortium of MS Centers’ annual conference, Chicago, Illinois, June 2002
“Adolescents with Epilepsy: Transition to Vocation” co-presenter: National Teleconsults in Epilepsy, Series VIII, American Epilepsy Society, May 15, 2003
“Current practices in neurological vocational rehabilitation” sole presenter: Two day training symposium for rehabilitation counselors, psychologists, and allied VR professionals May 20 – 21, 2004 Seattle, WA
Ibid March 4-5, 2004, Seattle WA sole presenter
Ibid October 6-7, 2004, Seattle WA sole presenter
“Current Practices in Neurological Rehabilitation” sole presenter: Two day symposium presented to the Washington State Services for the Blind May 17&18, 2007, Seattle, WA
(Rev June, 2010)