Dr. Derzis is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Rehabilitation Counseling at Auburn University. Dr. Derzis earned his doctoral degree in Rehabilitation and Special Education from Auburn University. Dr. Derzis currently coordinates the BS Rehabilitation and Disability Studies program at Auburn University. He also teaches in the Rehabilitation Counseling program as the practicum and internship teacher. Dr. Derzis has taught courses such as Assessment, Transition and Emerging Adulthood, Professional Communication Skills, Occupational Information, and Introduction to Rehabilitation. Dr. Derzis' research interests are in the area of transition and emerging adulthood, career development for underserved populations, and issues in prisons. He has worked closely with the Alabama Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum for 13 years. His background includes working with non-profits and state vocational rehabilitation. He is past president for the Alabama Rehabilitation Association, the state chapter of the National Rehabilitation Association. He is currently serving on the regional board for the Alabama Head Injury Foundation. As an At-Large-Board Member for the CRCC, he serves on the Governance Committee.