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 Frentzel

Principal Research Scientist

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

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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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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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Jeremy Rasmussen

Project Associate
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Sara Trevino

Industrial/Organizational Researcher
Sara Treviño is an Industrial/Organizational Psychology practitioner with a background in test development, job analysis, training, and team... Read more about Sara Trevino
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Lucy Wooldridge

Research Assistant
Lucy Wooldridge is a research assistant with American Institutes for Research (AIR), based in the Chapel Hill, North Carolina office. She currently... Read more about Lucy Wooldridge
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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