Knowledge Brokering in Vocational Rehabilitation Contexts

About the Webcast

AIR's Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) is pleased to invite you to the webcast "Knowledge Brokering in Vocational Rehabilitation Contexts." This webcast presentation provides an overview of findings from the KTER Center's intervention to train VR supervisors how to function as knowledge brokers for their staff. It summarizes information collected from the training participants, their staff, comparing that to their counterparts in the control group. The study included information gathered both in surveys with all study members, and follow-up interviews with training participants. Finally, it gives an overview of patterns KTER Center researchers observed in the RSA-911 caseload data, with particular focus on changes in services provision.

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  1. This webcast originally aired on February 9, 2021. The archive is available on YouTube at

    0:00​ Knowledge Brokering in VR Contexts
    1:11​ Training VR Supervisors as Knowledge Brokers Study with Dr. Kathleen Murphy
    26:45​ Interviewing the VR Supervisors with Dr. Melissa Scardaville
    39:30​ Report on RSA-911 data with Dr. Bitnara Jasmine Park

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    3. Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research Technical Brief #10: Knowledge Brokering in Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Contexts
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About the Presenters

Kathleen Murphy, Ph.D., is a Principal Researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Through her work with the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER Center) and leading the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Dr. Murphy has a decade of experience leading research on knowledge translation activities among NIDILRR grantees and stakeholders, including vocational rehabilitation professionals, people with disabilities, the business community, and policymakers. Current and recent areas of focus include adults with autism, transition-aged youth with disabilities, outreach to the business community, and support for employees with cancer.

Bitnara Jasmine Park, Ph.D. is a Senior Researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). She applies her skills and knowledge to various projects, including review and research related to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), evaluation of literacy interventions, development of literacy assessments for teachers, and evaluation of career development programs targeting individuals with disabilities.

Dr. Park received her Ph.D. from the College of Education at the University of Oregon, specializing in educational assessment and quantitative methodology. During her doctoral training, she worked at the Behavioral Research and Teaching Research Center at the University of Oregon, focusing on the development of curriculum-based measurement screening and progress-monitoring assessment systems designed for teachers and practitioners to enhance response to intervention practices in schools and districts. She has authored more than 40 technical reports and presented more than 30 conference presentations about various topics related to technical adequacy of assessments, psychometric properties of items and tests for students from diverse backgrounds including students with disabilities and limited English Proficiency (LEP), and student literacy growth and efficacy of screening measures to enhance identification of at-risk students.

Melissa Scardaville, PhD, is a Senior Researcher at AIR . Dr. Scardaville is a sociologist who has directed several innovative mixed-methods projects to understand the experiences and behaviors of others. She has taught social science methods, including qualitative design and analysis, to government and nonprofit clients as well as graduate and undergraduate students. She also coauthored peer-reviewed articles with NIDILRR grantees. Dr. Scardaville received her PhD in Sociology from Emory University.

The contents of this webcast were developed under grant number 90DP0077 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this website do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.