Ph.D., Rehabilitation Psychology
Dr. Umucu's research focuses predominantly on psychosocial adaptation to chronic illnesses and disabilities, with particular attention given to the development of strategies for improving college life adjustment, health-related quality of life, and well-being among student veterans with a service-connected disability. Currently, Dr. Umucu is working on evaluating and validating PERMA (i.e., Positive emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment) model of well-being among student veterans. He is also interested in developing culturally-sensitive positive psychology interventions to improve well-being among individuals with chronic health conditions, such as severe mental illness, substance use disorder, and diabetes. He has published several scientific articles and book chapters on psychosocial adjustment, employment, quality of life, well-being among individuals with chronic illnesses, including severe mental illness, diabetes, brain injury, and Alzheimer's disease.