Hayley received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Rehabilitation Psychology Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she developed a strong research background in evidence-based practice to coping and adjustment to disability. Her background includes research in counseling interventions aimed to minimize functional disability and improve adjustment to college life in individuals with disabilities. Her work experience includes working with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Vocational and Educational Rehabilitation Department, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation state program, and Meriter Hospital’s Rehabilitation Psychology Department. In these settings Hayley worked with adolescents and adults with acquired and congenital physical, sensory, mental, cognitive and neurodevelopmental disabilities to collaboratively develop individualized, custom community employment and post-secondary education plans. Hayley has focused her career on her passion to help individuals with disabilities access higher education so they may accomplish their post-secondary goals; and ultimately achieve their full potential through obtaining their long-term career aspirations. Hayley believes in the practice of person-centered, strength-based, collaborative approach in order to foster independence, increase community integration, and successful acquisition of fulfilling, meaningful lives.
In her free time, Hayley enjoys being outdoors, whether it’s traveling, hiking, camping, tending to her vegetable garden, or playing with her Bernese Mountain Dog, Bruno. Hayley also greatly enjoys cooking and learning about new foods, flavors, and culinary cultures, and shares these adventures with her friends and family.