Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC)

Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities





10/2014 – 9/2019

Contact: Sally Rogers (Research)

Marianne Farkas (Training)


This grant focuses on promising practices needed to improve employment outcomes through development of technology, examination of individual and work environment factors associated with improved employment outcomes, and by investigating the effects of government practices, policies and programs on employment outcomes for individuals with psychiatric disabilities, including those from traditionally underserved groups. The projects also increase the incorporation of research findings into practice and policy by developing a National Resource Center (NRC) on Employment and Vocational Recovery, which conducts training, technical assistance, and dissemination activities to increase the utilization of research findings. We target this increased utilization of research findings to states seeking to implement evidence-based supported employment, to organizations delivering or planning to deliver employment services, and to individuals with psychiatric disabilities, families, employers, providers, administrators and other key stakeholders.

Projects are organized into programmatic areas which together focus on the development, implementation and validation of interventions, technology and policies to improve employment outcomes. Research studies are designed at appropriate stages given the state of the knowledge in each area, and to have an impact on the field at the personnel, program and system levels. Both research and NRC projects rely on participatory processes with significant input from consumers and other key stakeholders. Furthermore, all projects use knowledge translation as their framework to produce usable, new technologies for improving employment outcomes.



Project R-1
Enhancing the Impact of the Thinking Skills for Work Program on Cognitive Functioning and Work Through Tablet-based Home Practice
Co-Project Directors

Susan McGurk, Ph.D. and Kim Mueser, Ph.D. (;

Project R-2
Predicting Employment Outcomes with Client and Program Characteristics, Work Environment Features, and Community Characteristics

Project Director

Gary Bond, Ph.D. (

Project R-3
Randomized Clinical Trial Evaluating the Efficacy of the Peer-Run Vocational Empowerment Photovoice (VEP) to Increase the Capacity of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities to Pursue Employment
Project Director

Zlatka Russinova, Ph.D. (

Project R-4
Opening Doors: Development and Testing of a Career Education and Development Project
Project Director

Uma Millner, Ph.D. (

Project R-5
Examining the Impact of Federal and State Government Policies and Practices on Employment Outcomes for People with Psychiatric Disabilities
Project Director

Gary Bond, Ph.D. (

National Resource Center: Training Dissemination and Technical Assistance

Project D-1
The National Resource Center on Employment and Vocational Recovery Online: A Tailored Dissemination Strategy

David Blair, M.S. (

Project D-2
“Let’s Talk Employment” Family Toolkit: Educating Families about Employment and Vocational Recovery


Joan Rapp, CAGS (

Project TR-1
Advanced Practitioner and Peer Specialist Skills (APPS): Building Partnerships for Employment and Vocational Recovery through Distance Learning

Debbie Nicolellis (

Project TR-2
Moving Along to Employment: Exposure Training to Inspire Networks of Support

Joan Rapp, CAGS (

Project TA-1
An Online Technical Assistance Response for Organizations Providing Employment Services

Rick Forbess, MSSW (

Project TA-2
Supporting Evidence-Based Supported Employment: State-Level Technical Assistance to SAMHSA Grantees

Deborah R. Becker (


Co-Principal Investigators:

Sally Rogers, Sc.D. and Marianne Farkas, Sc.D.


Inquiries related to the project should be addressed to:

Sally Rogers
Boston University, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
940 Commonwealth Avenue West, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02215