About Us

When it was housed at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), from October 2015 through February 2021, the KTER Center worked to identify 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 determined what informational needs were 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 committed to participate in our activities to ensure the Center’s work was useful and relevant to the end-users. The KTER Center 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 investigated and tested knowledge translation (KT) strategies. The Center also provided technical assistance to grantees to plan and engage in KT activities. The Center aimed to enhance grantees' understanding of KT strategies, and then support them to conduct their own research, development, and dissemination. Dissemination activities highlighted the NIDILRR grantees’ work, and the Center actively promoted KTER activities and products to ensure utilization. Lastly, the KTER Center promoted 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 Principal Researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Dr. Murphy is the Principal Investigator for... Read more about Kathleen M. Murphy

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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


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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Jeremy Rasmussen

Project Associate

Jeremy Rasmussen is a Project Associate at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). His work with the Center on Knowledge Translation for... Read more about Jeremy Rasmussen

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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

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Brian Litke

Web Development Specialist

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