About Us

The KTER Center identifies National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)-funded and others’ research findings that improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. Armed with this critical research, the Center determines what informational needs are most pressing for stakeholders such as individuals with disabilities and their families, vocational rehabilitation practitioners, the business community, and policy makers.

Leaders of organizations, research experts in the disability community, and consumers alike have committed to participate in our activities to ensure the Center’s work is useful and relevant to the end-users. The KTER Center has partnered with the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) to gain the most comprehensive understanding of vocational rehabilitation.

To help stakeholders meet their identified needs within those areas, the KTER Center investigates and tests knowledge translation (KT) strategies. The Center also provides technical assistance and training to grantees to plan and engage in KT activities. The Center aims to enhance grantees understanding of KT strategies, and then support them to conduct their own research, development, and dissemination. Dissemination activities highlight the NIDILRR grantees’ work, and the Center actively promotes KTER activities and products to ensure utilization. Lastly, the KTER Center promotes collaboration among NIDILRR-funded researchers in the employment field, and between these researchers and their target audiences that can benefit from their research findings.

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Kathleen M. Murphy

Principal Investigator

Kathleen M. Murphy, Ph.D., is a Senior Researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Dr. Murphy is the Principal Investigator for two... Read more about Kathleen M. Murphy

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Elizabeth Fretzel

Principal Research Scientist

Elizabeth Fretzel, MPH, is a Principal Research Scientist at AIR. She began working with the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment... Read more about Elizabeth Fretzel

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Joann Starks

KT and Development Coordinator

Joann Starks, M.Ed., is a senior technical assistance consultant at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). She has worked with the Center on... Read more about Joann Starks

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Bitnara Jasmine Park

Researcher

Bitnara Jasmine Park, Ph.D., is a researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). She applies her skills and knowledge to various... Read more about Bitnara Jasmine Park

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Ann Outlaw

Dissemination and TA Coordinator

Ann Outlaw, M.A., is the Dissemination and TA Coordinator for the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTER... Read more about Ann Outlaw

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Steven Boydston

Research Associate

Steven Boydston, M.A., is a research associate with the American Institutes for Research (AIR). His current work involves the implementation, data... Read more about Steven Boydston

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John Middleton

Web Development Specialist

John Middleton guides, develops, and maintains our user-friendly and accessible Web content components. AIR’s websites were created using Drupal's... Read more about John Middleton

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Tracy Bauman

Administrative Associate

Tracy Bauman is an administrative associate at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). She has over 24 years of combined human resources and... Read more about Tracy Bauman

Rebecca Gaines

Research Assistant

Rebecca Gaines is a Research Assistant at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). In her current role with the KTER Center, she works with TA... Read more about Rebecca Gaines