DT North


DT is the President and Vocational Rehabilitation Manager at ACT. He is a Forensic Vocational Evaluator and board certified Vocational Expert with over 20 years of clinical experience. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from The Evergreen State College in 2000. He obtained his Master of Science degree in organizational development from Central Washington University in 2003. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in industrial/organization, disabilities studies, and social psychology. He is active nationally in his profession serving on the Certification for Disability Management Specialist Commission as past chair of the test development and professional conduct committees as well as on the American Board of Vocational Experts (ABVE) as the test development chair. He has won several awards for his work in test development for ABVE. 


  • Fostering Client Autonomy and Agency. International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals Annual Conference, May 2019
  • Overlapping Objectives: How Return to Work Goals Overlap Recovery from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Washington Self-Insurers Association Return to Work Summit, July 2018
  • Understanding Emotional Intelligence in Conflict Resolution. WA State Executive Assistant Association Annual Conference, October 2017
  • Utilizing Enhanced Vocational Services. Washington Self-Insurers Association Return to Work Summit, July 2017
  • Pitfalls in Employability Assessments and Retraining Plans. International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals Annual Conference, May 2017
  • Job Accommodation. Washington State Self-Insurers Winter Conference, January 2017
  • The Value of Internships & Volunteer Experience. TRiO, Evergreen State College, May 2014
  • The Certification of Disability Management Specialist Commission Role and Function Study Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries’ Director and Executive Team, May 2010
  • Washington State Labor and Industries Vocational Benefits. Professionals of Workers’ Compensation, March 2009
  • Washington State Labor and Industries Vocational Benefits. People’s Injury Network Northwest quarterly meeting, May 2008
  • Performance Reporting in State Government: What Do Stakeholders Want? Governor Gary Locke’s staff, June 2003


  • North, DT (2017) “ABVE Test Development.” The Vocational Expert, Summer 2017 Volume 32, No. 2, 11 
  • North, DT (2012) “Applying Interest-Based Processes in a Rights-Based System.” CDMSource. Fall 2012
  • North, DT & Quick, E (2011) “The Evolving Domain of Disability Management.” Case in Point
  • North, DT (2010) “Will Healthcare Reform Favorably Impact Long-Term Disability?” Contemporary Rehab, Volume 66, No. 3, 1&6 
  • North, DT (2011) “Motivating Clients to Return to Work” Rehabilitation Professional, Volume 19, No. 1 
  • North, DT & Gonzales, D (2009) “Measuring the Value of Return-to-Work Programs in an Economic Recession.” The Self-Insurer, August 2009, 9-11 
  • Parker, J, Cromwell, D & North, DT (2009) “Aging Workforce Requires Proactive Approach Backed by Corporate Culture.” The Self-Insurer, May 2009, 4-6 
  • North, DT (2009) “Succession Planning in Disability Management Will Avoid an Experience Gap in the Future.” Contemporary Rehab, Volume 65 No. 4, 20-21


Benchmark Study of Professional Codes of Ethics 
Codes of ethics of professional certification bodies related to vocational rehabilitation, disability management, case management, and related fields to identify common traits and presented updated Code of Ethics to the American Board of Vocational Experts.

Job Analysis and Test Specification Study for Vocational Experts 
National study to define knowledge and skills required for minimum competency of vocational experts for the American Board of Vocational Experts: quantify the frequency and criticality of duties and ensure content validity for certification examination. 

Role and Function Study for Disability Management Specialist 
National study to define the responsibilities and duties of the Certified Disability Management Specialist. Define logical, practice-related, and research-based content for CDMS criterion-referenced certification examination.

Stakeholder Performance Reporting Preferences Study 
Washington State School for the Deaf. Performance reporting methods, frequency, format and type were addressed. 

Board Member-at-Large (2015-Present)
  American Board of Vocational Experts   
    2015-2019 Chair, Test Development Committee

Commissioner (2008-2013) 
  The Certification of Disability Management Specialist Commission
    2011-2013 Chair, Examination and Research Committee
    2011-2012 Chair, Professional Conduct Committee

Vocational Expert (2011-Present)
  U.S. Social Security Administration Office of Hearing Operations
    BPA # 28321320AV1040007
    Regions Served: II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, & X

 Member (2010-Present)
   International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals

 Senior Mediator (2008-Present)
  Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County

Vocational Rehabilitation Provider (2000-Present)
  Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, #9682
    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
    Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor
    Vocational Rehabilitation Forensic Evaluator


Board Certified Vocational Expert Diplomate Level, #20028  
      American Board of Vocational Experts, 2010-Present

Certified Disability Management Specialist, #4229008    
      The Certification of Disability Management Specialist Commission, 2006-Present

Scott E. Streater Learning and Education Award (2019)
    American Board of Vocational Experts                                                               

 Presidential Citation (2018)
   American Board of Vocational Experts 

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Olympia, WA 98501