Research Centers


Below are examples of research centers that investigate issues related to employment & vocational recovery for individuals with psychiatric disabilities in the United States.


Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (BU-CPR)

BU-CPR conducts research, services, training & technical assistance in the area of recovery & rehabilitation of individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Researchers design & conduct studies on innovative interventions & evaluation studies to enhance our understanding of factors that can positively affect the recovery of persons with psychiatric disabilities, particularly in the area of employment. The Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities jointly funded by NIDRR & SAMHSA-CMHS is focused entirely on employment issues & is housed at the BU Center.


Cornell University: Employment & Disability Institute

The Institute conducts research & provides continuing education, publications, & technical assistance on many aspects of disability in the workplace.


Center for Interventions, Treatment, & Addictions Research

This website covers a range of topics including work at their Substance Abuse Resources & Disability Issues (SARDI) & the Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on Drugs & Disability. It achieves its objective by conducting collaborative & participatory research, developing intervention approaches & training, & disseminating related information about substance use issues including employment.


The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities

The Temple University Collaborative conducts state-of-the-art research to identify barriers & strategies for promoting community inclusion, full participation, & the recovery of persons with serious psychiatric disabilities. Community inclusion goals promote the engagement of people with psychiatric disabilities in the full array of community domains, including housing, employment, education, leisure/recreation, social roles, peer support, health status, citizenship, self-determination, & religion/spirituality.


University of Chicago Center on Mental Health Services Research & Policy

The Center engages in research, training, & technical assistance to enhance service delivery & increase knowledge about behavioral health disorders to promote concepts of recovery, self-determination, & full community participation for individuals with behavioral health disabilities. The Center conducts projects in the areas of vocational, residential, & educational rehabilitation services; crisis management & prevention of hospitalization: the needs of women & people from diverse cultural backgrounds: & systems.


Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research (CCBMDR)

CCBMDR seeks to benefit minority individuals with disabilities by increasing the capacity of State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies & community-based organizations to document the impact of their services & develop culturally competent programs.


Bureau of Labor Statistics Disability Employment Data

The Bureau provides national data on the employment status of people with disabilities.