Within this role, Ms. Banko facilitates Supported Employment and Supported Education training and technical assistance to enhance practitioner competencies and program outcomes throughout New York and New Jersey. Previously, Ms. Banko was a clinical contributor to three federally funded Supported Education and Supported Employment research studies. Additionally, she is co-author of a best practices manual for providing career services to transition-age youth. Currently, Ms. Banko serves as Co-Investigator, on two NIDILRR funded studies exploring postsecondary academic success for students with mental health conditions.
Ms. Banko obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and her master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Rutgers University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Education Counseling and Supervision at Kean University with a focus on the treatment of trauma. Ms. Banko also utilizes her knowledge and competencies from her lived experience of a mental health condition to inform her practices and instruction.