Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences:
Sargent College

Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center 2009-2014

Description

This project developed and tested innovative interventions, identified barriers to and facilitators of effective partnerships among providers of employment services, and developed and tested adaptations of evidence-based employment interventions for individuals with psychiatric disabilities from traditionally underserved groups. This project also incorporated research findings into practice and policy by developing, evaluating, and implementing strategies to increase utilization of research findings; and conducts training, technical assistance, and dissemination activities (TDTA) with the same purpose. TDTA projects were organized into programmatic areas which together focus on the development and implementation of practices and services to improve employment outcomes. Using the knowledge transfer framework, TDTA projects produce usable, new technologies for improving employment outcomes.

 

Research Projects Project Directors
Project R-1

A randomized clinical trial evaluating the incremental efficacy of Vocational Illness Management and Recovery (V-IMR) when compared to Individual Placement and Support (IPS) alone

 

 

Zlatka Russinova, Ph.D.

Project R-2

Analysis of the effectiveness of the Northeast Partnership of Medicaid Infrastructure Grants (MIGs) in improving interagency collaboration to promote employment among persons with disabilities

 

 

E. Sally Rogers, Sc.D.

Project R-3

A randomized clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of a peer-run Photovoice-based intervention to empower individuals with psychiatric disabilities to pursue employment

Zlatka Russinova, Ph.D.
Vasudha Gidugu, Ph.D.

Project R-4

A randomized clinical trial of vocational peer support services

E. Sally Rogers, Sc.D.

Project R-5

Enhancing employment through a combined supported employment/supported education model: An exploratory study

 

Dori Hutchinson, Sc.D.
E. Sally Rogers, Sc.D. 
Mihoko Maru, MSW

National Resource Center: Training, Dissemination, and Technical Assistance Project Directors
Project TDTA-1

Developing a Vocational Illness Management Recovery Curriculum to Train Providers

 

Dori Hutchinson, Sc.D.

Project TDTA-2

Vocational Peer Support: The Development of a Curriculum to Train Peer Specialists to Support the Vocational Aspirations of People with Psychiatric Disabilities

 

 

Debbie Nicollelis

 

Project TDTA-3

Vocational Empowerment: The Development of a Culturally Competent Peer-Run Photovoice Training Program.

 

 

Maria Restrepo-Toro

 

Project TDTA-4

Distance Learning Course: Job Development and Job Retention for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities

 

 

Joan Rapp

 

Project TDTA-5

Improving the Use of Research on Job Accommodations Using a Knowledge Translation Process

 

 

 

Joan Rapp

 

Project TDTA-6

A Modern Day Learning Community Focused on the Vision of Full Employment for People with Psychiatric Disabilities

 

Marianne Farkas, Sc.D.
Rick Forbess, MSW

Project TDTA-7

General Training

 

 

Joan Rapp

 

Findings

For R-3 findings: Russinova, Z., Gidugu, V., Bloch, P., Restrepo-Toro, M., Rogers, E. S. (2018). Empowering individuals with psychiatric disabilities to work: Results of a randomized trial. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 41(3), 196-207. doi:10.1037/prj0000303. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29985014 and https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2018-32572-001

For R-4 findings: Balogun-Mwangi O, Rogers ES, Maru M, Magee C. Vocational Peer Support: Results of a Qualitative Study. (2019) Journal of Behavioral Health Services Research. 46(3):450-463. doi: 10.1007/s11414-017-9583-6.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29285720

For R-5 findings: Maru, M., Rogers, E.S., Hutchinson, D., & Shappell, H. (2018). An integrated supported employment and education model: Exploratory study of an innovative approach designed to better meet the needs of young adults with psychiatric conditions.  Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 45(3), 489-498. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11414-018-9595-x

For Vocational Illness Management and Recovery Curricula and Vocational Empowerment Photovoice (R-1, Vocational Illness Management and Recovery see Vocational Illness Management and Recovery  and for R-3 see Vocational Empowerment Photovoice.