Zack Ahonle, Ph.D.

Zack Ahonle, Ph.D.


  • Faculty


  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Counseling, Higher Education Leadership, Educational Psychology, and Foundations


Dr. Ahonle is an assistant professor and program coordinator of the graduate program in rehabilitation counseling at Mississippi State University, as well as a certified rehabilitation counselor. He graduated with a Ph.D. degree from the Rehabilitation Counseling Program at The University of Texas at Austin. Affiliated with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, he currently serves as a Research Health Scientist with the Veteran Rural Health Resource Center in Gainesville, Florida, under an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Agreement - (12/2021 - Present).

Prior to joining the faculty at Mississippi State University, he was a National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) Advanced Rehabilitation Research & Training (ARRT) Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Florida, College of Public Health and Health Professions.

Dr. Ahonleā€™s expertise includes quantitative analyses of cross-sectional and longitudinal rehabilitation datasets and qualitative and mixed-method research methodologies. With a substantial track record of publications and conference presentations in the field of disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research, his impactful work centers on community integration. Specifically, he addresses crucial aspects like employment, return to work or school, and independent living for Veterans with disabilities, individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury, and Cognitive impairments.

Passionate about addressing disparities in rehabilitation outcomes, Dr. Ahonle focuses on using holistic approaches, interdisciplinary teamwork, and technology to improve access to evidence-based vocational and psychosocial rehabilitation for individuals with disabilities and chronic illnesses, especially those living in rural communities.