2015

Distinguished Alumni

Dr. David F. Burganowski, Class of 1973 

David F. Burganowski, Ph.D., CRC, is an associate research professor at the University at Buffalo in the Graduate School of Education Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology (CSEP). Additionally, Dr. Burganowski is the director of the CSEP Rehabilitation Counseling master’s degree program, as well as the founder and executive director of the Center on Rehabilitation Synergy (CRS). Dr. Burganowski graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2002 with a Ph.D. in Counseling and Educational Psychology. He has been in the field of rehabilitation counseling for 36 years, and has 26 years of program administration experience. During the past three decades, Dr. Burganowski has provided leadership at the university, state, national and international levels in several ways. He has secured over 40 million dollars in grant funding from the United States Department of Education and the New York State Education Department. Dr. Burganowski has provided a robust array of technical assistance and consultation services for providers in vocational, community, and Native American rehabilitation programs, schools and related agencies throughout the United State and internationally. As an educator, he has presented over 400 workshops and seminars at conferences in the United States and internationally. Dr. Burganowski has served as a member on over 25 state and national advisory boards and councils. A major thrust of Dr. Burganowski’s directorship in the Rehabilitation Counseling master’s degree program has been increasing access to this program by developing an online program. He serves on University Committees, teaches courses in Rehabilitation Counseling, is an advisor, and clinically supervises students. Dr. Burganowski’s scholarly focus is in several areas of rehabilitation including transitioning students from school to career, substance abuse, traumatic head injury, and most recently, strategic planning and organizational development. He raised two children, Rachael and Gregory.