About the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR)

The Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) is one of a number of projects within the American Institutes for Research’s (AIR) Disability and Rehabilitation practice area. Knowledge translation (KT) refers to strategies that move research into practice by improving the relevance, reporting, accessibility, interpretation, and application of research results. The Center on KTDRR focuses on KT activities to support researchers in the disability and rehabilitation field.


The purpose of the Center on KTDRR is to make it easier to find, understand, and use the results of research that can make a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities.

The Center on KTDRR promotes "the use of high-quality disability and rehabilitation research that is relevant to the needs of intended audiences by serving as the main KT resource" for National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) funded researchers, developers, and KT centers. Other Center stakeholders include people with disabilities and their families, disability advocates, service providers, and policy makers, as well as administrators, educators, and employers.


The Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research partners with a wide variety of organizations. These have included:

  • American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
  • The Arc
  • Coalition for Texans with Disabilities
  • Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating (EPPI) Centre
  • Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
  • Centre for Evidence and Implementation (CEI)
  • National Disability Rights Network

Expert Review Panel

The Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability & Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) works with a Disability Expert Review Panel to ensure that our resources and products respond to the needs of our intended audiences and that they are accessible and helpful in making research-informed decisions to accomplish our mission of improving the lives of people with disabilities.

Panel members represent a variety of areas of expertise, including knowledge translation, disability and rehabilitation research, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, accessibility, disability policy, cultural and linguistic competency, and targeted outreach to National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) grantees.

The panel's activities include planning and reviewing materials with an accessibility lens, suggesting new features for people with disabilities, facilitating contact with additional advocacy groups, and suggesting ways to seek input on the use of disability and rehabilitation evidence. Panelists receive honoraria for sharing their expertise with KTDRR.

If you are interested in joining KTDRR’s Expert Review Panel, please contact us at KTDRR@air.org today.


The following AIR staff work with the KTDRR Center. Visit the individual staff description pages on the AIR corporate website.

 Kathleen Murphy
Kathleen Murphy, PhD, Principal Investigator/Project Director
 Cindy Cai
Cindy Cai,
Co-Technical Assistance Lead & QA Coordinator
 Tracy Bauman
Tracy Bauman,
Administrative Associate
Jen Bumble
Jenn Bumble,
Senior Researcher
 Devin Dedrick
Devin Dedrick,
Research Intern
Katie Guyot
Katie Guyot,
Research Associate
 Brian Litke
Brian Litke,
Principal Applications Architect
Colleen McLelland
Colleen McLelland,
Research Associate
Tonie Sadler
Tonie Sadler,
 Joann Starks
Joann Starks,
Senior TA Consultant
Michelle Stergio
Michelle Stergio,
Senior Digital Media Strategist
 Felice Trirogoff
Felice Trirogoff,
Senior Communications Specialist

Ashley Clark-Purnell,
TA Consultant

Jeremy Rasmussen,
TA Consultant

Shoshana Rabinovsky,
Technology Associate