About Dr Roxanna Nasseri Pebdani

My work focuses on sexuality and disability, with associated work on pregnancy and fertility for women with disabilities and parenting and disability. I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to be sexual (or not) and to start a family if that is what they want to do. Unfortunately, society does not always see it that way. I have another body of work on intersectionality and cultural competency within rehabilitation counselling, which is also a passion of mine.

Dr. Pebdani conducts both quantitative and qualitative research. Her experience with self-reported outcomes (PROs) as well as phenomenological research is known and respected around the Faculty.

Dr. Pebdani has authored or co-authored over 20 journal articles and book chapters and has conducted over 30 presentations at local, national, and international conferences.  She has secured over $625,000 in grant funding.  She is well known in her field for her work on sexuality and disability as well as intersectionality and cultural competency in counselling

Selected publications

  1. Pebdani, R. N. (In press). Using intersectionality, power, privilege, and oppression to frame lived experiences. Manuscript submitted to Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education.
  2. Pebdani, R. N., & Bourgeois, P. (2019). The effect of disability simulation educational activities on college student attitudes towards disability. Manuscript accepted by The American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
  3. Pebdani, R. N., *Black, K., *Peloquin, M. R. (2018) Examining gender in rehabilitation counseling publication: 1990-1995. Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education 32(3), doi: 10.1891/2168-6653.32.3.183
  4. Pebdani, R. N. (2016).  Attitudes of group home employees towards the sexuality of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Sexuality and Disability, 34 (3), 329-339. doi: 10.1007/s11195-016-9447-7.
  5. Brodwin, M. G., Siu, F. W., Hernandez, E. J., & Pebdani, R. N. (2016). Death and dying: Basic concepts, disability, and five cultural views. The Rehabilitation Professional 24(2).
  6. Pebdani, R. N., Johnson, K., Amtmann, D., Bamer, A., & Wundes, A. (2015). Experiences and perspectives of pregnancy in women with multiple sclerosis. Sexuality and Disability. 33, 47-52. doi:10.1007/s1195-014-9363-7
  7. Pebdani, R. N., & Johnson, K. L. (2015).  Rehabilitation counseling students report on training and sexuality. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin 58(3), 173-175, doi:10.1177/0034355214553308
  8. Pebdani, R. N., Johnson, K. L., Amtmann, D. (2014). Personal experiences of pregnancy and fertility in individuals with spinal cord injury. Sexuality and Disability, 32(1), 65-74, 10.1007/s1195-013-9319-3
  9. Wundes, A., Pebdani, R.N., & Amtmann, D. (2014). What do healthcare providers advise women with multiple sclerosis about pregnancy?  Multiple Sclerosis International, 10.1155/2014/819216
  10. Pebdani, R. N. (2013) Rehabilitation counselor knowledge, comfort, approach and attitude towards sex and disability. Rehabilitation Research, Policy and Education, 27(1), 32-43