Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



First Advisor

Upton, Thomas


Sharika L. Sproling, for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Rehabilitation, presented on [March 31, 2023], at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.TITLE: RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN REHABILITATION COUNSELORS’ EXPERIENCES, BURNOUT, AND PROFESSIONAL COLLABORATION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMICMAJOR PROFESSOR: Dr. Thomas UptonThe purpose of this quantitative study is to explore the relationships between rehabilitation counselors’ experiences, burnout, and professional collaboration during the COVID-19 pandemic. These counselors represent an understudied population at risk of burnout, especially regarding its relationship to collaboration. Prior research has established how burnout can occur at the individual and organizational levels, and those who provide direct care have a greater risk (Salvador et al., 2021), which might be reduced by interprofessional collaboration (Collin et al., 2015). The findings contribute to the existing literature related to direct care, work-related burnout, and the influence of collaboration. Work-related burnout measures included the Maslach Burnout Inventory–Human Services Survey (Maslach & Jackson, 1981), and for collaboration the Assessment of Interprofessional Team Collaboration Scale (Orchard et al., 2012. Participants consisted of certified rehabilitation professionals that provided direct services during the COVID-19 pandemic. A convenience sample was used to select participants, and data were collected through an online survey. Data analysis included descriptive statistics and correlation and multiple regression.




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