Research: Postdoctoral

Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program

Zlatka Russinova, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator

E. Sally Rogers , Sc.D.
Co-Principal Investigator


The purpose of the Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program is to prepare a cadre of six advanced level researchers in the area of psychiatric vocational rehabilitation and employment of persons with psychiatric disabilities.

Among different disability groups psychiatric disabilities tend to be the most prevalent with devastating effects on the individuals’ capacity to work and be productive members of their communities. As a result, the engagement of this population in competitive employment has been set as a national priority resulting in significant mandate for the provision of high quality evidence-based psychosocial and vocational rehabilitation services.

Program Goals

The Advanced Rehabilitation and Research Training Program is implemented in two consecutive cycles of a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship. In order to maximize the training experience, three fellows will be in residence during each training cycle. The second training cycle will start on April 1st 2016.

The fellowship includes a broad-based didactic training in psychiatric vocational rehabilitation and employment research and intensive research practicum. The research practicum involves mentored research experience as part of an existing larger research project and the design and implementation of an independent study relevant to promoting the vocational recovery of individuals with psychiatric disabilities. The research practicum is carried out in collaboration with the Transitions Research and Training Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (Drs. Maryann Davis and Marsha Langer Ellison) and the Institute for Social Inclusion in Boston, Massachusetts (Dr. Susan Foley).

Fellows have the option of conducting their research practicum in at least one of the following areas:

1) Vocational recovery research

2) Interventional research relevant to vocational recovery and career development

3) Vocational rehabilitation policy and systems research

4) Transition-age youth and young adults career development and employment success.

Through a variety of training and research practicum activities the fellows are expected to acquire competencies in the following areas: research design/methodology; advanced statistics and instrument development; psychiatric vocational rehabilitation and employment research; participatory research methods and peer employment research; conduct of applied research; and grant and professional writing.

Over the last twenty years, the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation has been a leader in providing research training in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation. The current five-year Advanced Rehabilitation and Research Training Program is expected to contribute to the training of the next generation of highly qualified researchers who will expand current practices in the psychiatric vocational rehabilitation field to new levels and further improve the lives of persons with psychiatric disabilities.