Noel Estrada-Hernandez poses in a classroom in the Lindquist Center

October 6, 2021

Noel Estrada-Hernández, professor of rehabilitation and counselor education and Departmental Executive Officer of the UI College of Education’s Department of Counselor Education, has been selected to serve as a Fellow for Faculty Development for 2021-22.

In this role, Estrada- Hernández is helping with all leadership training for the University of Iowa, working with the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. This includes focusing efforts on strategies to support faculty development on campus, such as creating seminars for early and mid-career faculty, DEO professional development and mentoring, and planning for retirement.

Originally from Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, Estrada-Hernández has been a part of the UI College of Education since the early 2000s. He earned a doctorate in Rehabilitation Counselor Education in 2004, having previously earned Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Puerto Rico in 2001.

Following his Ph.D. coursework, Estrada-Hernández did a research fellowship at the UI College of Education for two years. He has served as DEO of the Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, recently renamed Counselor Education, since 2017.

Estrada-Hernández’s research focuses on psychosocial adaptation to disability, or how people work with the psychological, vocational, and social implications of having a visible disability.

He has particularly focused on individuals diagnosed with albinism. His research on albinism earned him an invitation to a roundtable on Albinism and Human Rights, sponsored by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (United Nations) in Geneva in fall of 2018. He also examines employment, counseling outcomes, and ethical decision making within the counseling practice.

He has published in a number of top-tier journals in the counseling profession and is also the recipient of the 2007 Research Award from the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association and the 2017 Presidential Award from the National Council on Rehabilitation Education.

Estrada-Hernández is a member of numerous national professional organizations, including the American Counseling Association, American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, and the National Council on Rehabilitation Education, of which he was president in 2016.