V. Scott Solberg

Professor

V Scott Solberg BU Wheelock

Dr. V. Scott Solberg is a professor in the Counseling Psychology & Applied Human Development Department at BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development.  He works internationally and nationally on the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective career development programs and services, especially for high-need youth populations, including youth with disabilities.

As part of the BU Center for Future Readiness (with Dr. Kimberly Howard), Dr. Solberg’s research, professional development, and curriculum is shaping the career development implementation policies and practices in the United States and around the world. His work with the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy has resulted in his being considered a leading expert in the design, implementation, and evaluation of individualized learning plans (ILPs). His book Making School Relevant with Individualized Learning Plans: Helping Students Create Their Own Career and Life Goals (Harvard Education Press) describes the culmination of his ILP research as well as his experiences in designing social emotional learning efforts with educators at South Division High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Dr. Solberg leads the State Leaders Career Development Network that showcases innovative ILP implementation efforts to a cross-sector of policy leaders from 30 states. Internationally, he and Dr. Lea Ferrari (University of Padova, Italy) are collaborating with over 15 countries on a cross-cultural study of educator perceptions of social emotional learning and career readiness. He participates as a subject matter expert in providing resources, presentations, webinars, and consultation services for a number of organizations and agencies including CASEL, Education Commission of the States, ODEPs State Exchange on Employment & Disability, IES Regional Educational Laboratories and Comprehensive Centers, Council of Chief State School Officers, America’s Promise Alliance, the National Coalition for Career Development, Institute for Educational Leadership, the International Center for Career Development Policy and Practice, Romania Institute for Educational Sciences, Wisconsin Department of Instruction, Colorado Department of Education, Arizona Department of Education, Delaware United Way, Padova University, and the EU NICE Academy.

In 2019, Dr. Solberg was appointed by the U.S. Department of Education to serve on the Perkins V Independent Advisory Panel.  He is author of ScholarCentric, a resiliency curriculum used in schools throughout the country, co-edited (with Saba Ali Rasheed) the Handbook of Career and Workforce Development: Research, Practice and Policy from Routledge, and co-editor (with Mantak Yuen and Wendi Beamish) of Careers for Students with Special Educational Needs: Perspectives on Development and Transitions from the Asia-Pacific Region (Springer).

PhD, Counseling Psychology (APA Approved), University of California – Santa Barbara

MA, Marriage and Family Counseling, University of California – Santa Barbara

BA, Experimental Psychology and Sociology, University of California – Santa Barbara

Associate of Arts, Social Sciences, West Valley Junior College

NSF (Role: Co-PI) 2020-2024 “Collaborative Research: DTI: Network Science for All: Positioning High Need Youth for Success in Pursuing STEM Pathways”

US Department of Labor via Institute for Educational Leadership (Role: PI) 2012-2019 Technical Assistance and Demonstration Center on Preparing Youth with Disabilities for Employment

US Department of Labor via Institute for Educational Leadership (Role: PI) 2019-2021 “Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative (Right Turn)”

US Department of Education-IES (Role: PI) 2014-2017 “Massachusetts Institute for College and Career Readiness (MICCR): Creating Working Alliances Among Researchers, Policy Makers and Education Officials”

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Solberg, V. S., Park, C. M. & Marsay, G. (in press). Designing Quality Programs That Promote Hope, Purpose and Future Readiness Among High Need, High Risk Youth: Recommendations For Shifting Perspective And Practice. Journal of Career Assessment.

Solberg, V. S. H., Lillis, J., Zhang, W. & Martin, J. L. (2020). Career Development Policy Strategies for Supporting Transition of Students with Education Needs and Disabilities.  In M. Yuen, W. Beamish & V. S. Solberg (Eds.), Careers for Students with Special Educational Needs: Perspectives on Development and Transitions from the Asia-Pacific Region. Singapore: Springer.

Yuen, Y., Beamish, W. & Solberg, V. S. (Eds.) (2020). Careers for Students with Special Educational Needs: Perspectives on Development and Transitions from the Asia-Pacific Region. Singapore: Springer.

Solberg, V. S. H. (2019). Making School Relevant with Individualized Learning Plans: Helping Students Create Their Own Career and Life Goals. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Solberg, V. S. H. & Ali, R. S. (Eds.) (2017).  Handbook of Career and Workforce Development Research, Practice and Policy.  London: Routledge.

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