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.

Mission

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.

Partners

The Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research partners with the following organizations:

  • 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)

Expert Review Panel

The Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability & Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) works with an 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. Expert Review Panel members from AIR's extensive network are invited to participate. This network includes the Americans with Disabilities Act National Network, Model Systems projects, Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers, other NIDILRR-funded projects, and experts from around the world who share KTDRR’s mission.

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 Ann Outlaw today.

Staff

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

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Kathleen Murphy, PhD, Project Director
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Joann Starks,
Training Lead
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Ann Outlaw,
Utilization and Co-Dissemination Lead
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Cindy Cai,
Co-Technical Assistance Lead and Quality Assurance Coordinator
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Donna Mitrani,
Communications Lead
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Brian Litke,
Web Administrator
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Ariana Hammersmith,
Research Assistant
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Mona Kilany,
Evaluation Lead
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Tracy Bauman,
Administrative Associate