A portrait of Michele Capella McDonnall

Michele McDonnall

Ph.D., Research Professor and Director

P.O. Box 6189
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Campus Mailstop: 9741

Phone:(662) 325-2001


  • B.S., Florida State University
  • M.S., Mississippi State University
  • Ph.D., University of Arkansas

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 2019-present
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board for Rehabilitation Education, 2002-present
  • Member, Editorial Board for the Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 2003-present
  • Peer Reviewer, Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 2004-present
  • Principal Panel Member, Special Education Research Review Panel for the Institute of Education Sciences, 2010-2013
  • NARRTC Research Committee Member, 2006-2009
  • Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • National Council on Rehabilitation Education

Research/Training Specialization

  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)
  • Research emphases in employment issues for youth and adults with blindness or visual impairments, employer attitudes, and employer engagement

Selected Publications

Selected External Funding

  • Principal InvestigatorRehabilitation Research and Training Center: Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, 2015 - 2020
  • Principal Investigator, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Outcomes for Individuals Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, 2010 - 2015
  • Principal Investigator, Moderators of Depressive Symptoms for Older Adults with Dual Sensory Loss, National Institute on Aging, 2008-2009
  • Co-principal Investigator, DRRP on VR: Transition Services that Lead to Competitive Employment Outcomes for Transition-Age Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, 2008-2011
  • Co-principal Investigator, The Effects of School Climate and Supports on Math Achievement for Elementary Students with Visual Impairments, Institute of Educational Sciences, 2006-2008 (funded)