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, 2019 - 2024

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC)

Funding:

NIDILRR

Dates:

2019 - 2024

Contact:

Marianne Farkas (Training)
E. Sally Rogers (Research)

This grant focuses on promising practices needed to improve employment outcomes for individuals with psychiatric conditions.

 

Description

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, with its network of collaborators, will conduct a coordinated program of research and knowledge translation projects and activities that build on the existing evidence-based supported employment and improve employment outcomes for individuals with psychiatric disabilities.

Research objectives are: 1) conduct a qualitative study of the barriers and facilitators to accessing IPS; 2) create a typology of provider-generated adaptations to IPS; 3) examine performance-based incentives and their effects on clients and IPS specialists; 4) test an intervention of self-management strategies for workplace success; 5) develop and test of an innovative metacognitive intervention to improve work outcomes; 6) test an integrated career guidance and supported education intervention to improve employment outcomes and income.

The National Resource Center (NRC) will conduct training, technical assistance, and dissemination activities and increase utilization of research findings; objectives are to: 1) to provide academic and in-service training to help providers and stakeholders improve employment services; 2) test an innovative approach to benefits counseling; 3) conduct online technical assistance to improve employment services; 4) conduct online dissemination activities; 5) develop and test a mobile application to change providers’ low expectations about work, particularly in treatment settings. Anticipated outcomes include: increased awareness and adoption of promising enhancements to IPS; increase knowledge and skill about benefits counseling; increased facts and resources about employment, and increased positive attitudes about work. Products include: training and technical assistance programs, research syntheses, briefs, manualized interventions and curricula, mobile phone apps, publications and presentations.

Please contact the Principal Investigators for additional information.

Investigators

Co-Principal Investigator: Marianne Farkas, Sc.D.

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

Projects

Research projects

Project Directors

R-1

A qualitative study of barriers and facilitators to accessing high fidelity IPS from the perspectives of multiple stakeholders

A qualitative study of barriers and facilitators to accessing high fidelity IPS from the perspectives of multiple stakeholders

R-2

Development of a typology of provider-generated adaptations of IPS

Development of a typology of provider-generated adaptations of IPS

R-3

A study of provider-generated adaptations of IPS using performance-based incentives to reduce staff turnover and improve client outcomes

A study of provider-generated adaptations of IPS using performance-based incentives to reduce staff turnover and improve client outcomes

R-4

A pilot randomized trial of evidence-based Self-Management Strategies for employment success delivered by IPS Specialists

A pilot randomized trial of evidence-based Self-Management Strategies for employment success delivered by IPS Specialists

R-5

Mastering the World of Work: Development and testing of a work-focused metacognitive intervention to improve employment outcomes

Mastering the World of Work: Development and testing of a work-focused metacognitive intervention to improve employment outcomes

R-6

FastTrack: Enhancing IPS services with a career guidance + supported education intervention to improve work outcomes and earnings

FastTrack: Enhancing IPS services with a career guidance + supported education intervention to improve work outcomes and earnings

National Resource Center: Training, Dissemination, and Technical Assistance

Project Directors

Project D-1

The National Resource Center on Improving Employment Outcomes: An online push pull dissemination strategy

The National Resource Center on Improving Employment Outcomes: An online push pull dissemination strategy

Project Directors

D-2

Ripple: A Mobile Application to Change Provider Work Expectations

Ripple: A Mobile Application to Change Provider Work Expectations

Project Directors

TR-1

Rise Up Above Benefits: Changing the Culture, Peer and Practitioner Capacity to Enhance Access to Quality Benefits Counseling

Rise Up Above Benefits: Changing the Culture, Peer and Practitioner Capacity to Enhance Access to Quality Benefits Counseling

Project Directors

TR-2

Changing Hearts, Minds and Practice: National Resource Center General Training

Changing Hearts, Minds and Practice: National Resource Center General Training

Project Directors

TA-1

Enhanced Online Technical Assistance Response (E-OTAR) Model: Helping organizations utilize new knowledge to improve employment outcomes

Enhanced Online Technical Assistance Response (E-OTAR) Model: Helping organizations utilize new knowledge to improve employment outcomes

Project Directors

General Technical Assistance Activities

Project Directors

Contact

Inquiries related to the project should be addressed to:

Marianne Farkas  mfarkas@bu.edu

E. Sally Rogers  erogers@bu.edu

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