American Institutes for Research

Issue 20
December 2016

KTER Today: Putting Research to Work

An e-bulletin from the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research

VISIT the website:


Join our mailing list to get updates on KTER Center's resources and activities.

Subscribe now

Check the status of the KTER Center on Facebook


Call: (800) 266-1832
(512) 391-6517

Warm welcome to our newest Technical Working Group (TWG) members!

Kathe Matrone joins our Business TWG. She is the PI for the Northwest ADA Center as well as the Director of the Center for Continuing Education in Rehabilitation. She is also a member of Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center (JDVR-TAC). Her dedication to serving people with disabilities in their search for careers and to the field of Vocational Rehabilitation makes her a great asset to our team. Welcome, Kathe!

Rachel Anderson joins our Transition TWG. She is a Training and Technical Assistance Manager on the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) team at the National Disability Institute. Her experience focusing on transition-age youth with disabilities, Employment First Initiatives, supported employment for people with developmental disabilities and mental health conditions, and helping create programs and policies to assist in community integration and competitive employment make her a natural fit to provide guidance on our research activities related to youth with disabilities. We are happy to have you join our team, Rachel!

More information about our TWGs can be found at:

Congratulations to all the newly-funded NIDILRR employment grantees!

The KTER Center would like to congratulate all the newly-funded NIDILRR employment grantees. Many new projects are operated by familiar colleagues, and we especially want to welcome those grantees with their first NIDILRR funding. The KTER Center is here to enhance grantees' understanding of KT strategies, and support them in conducting their own research, development, and dissemination activities. Please visit our website at to learn about our resources, request Technical Assistance (TA), or learn about ongoing research activities. The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) has a link identifying 7 "Newly funded projects for this Fiscal Year" in the NIDILRR Program Database.

Conference Connections

As part of its ‘Conference Connections’ activity, the KTER Center seeks to promote face-to-face networking among NIDILRR’s employment portfolio grantees at the conferences they already attend. If you know you will be presenting at a conference during spring 2017, or even just attending, please let Steven Boydston know and we’ll work with you to develop a short announcement in our next "KTER Today" newsletter.

We heard from colleagues at The Transitions Research and Training Center, and are happy to share information about their upcoming presentation:

The Learning and Working Center (ACL# 90RT5031) is proud to partner with the Department of Child & Family Studies at the University of South Florida on The 30th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health to be held in March of 2017. As a result of ongoing collaboration in the last few years, we continue to build a "track" on transition-age youth and young adults at this esteemed youth mental health research and policy conference. The goal of this "track" has been to share research and evaluation findings to improve the lives of and services, treatments, and supports for youth and young adults living with mental health conditions (ages 14-30). This track also includes research on issues relating to the transition to adulthood for adolescents.
On Monday the 6th of March in the evening there will also be a networking event for any researcher doing work in the area of young adult mental and behavioral health.

Submissions for 2017 NARRTC Conference

Submissions are now being reviewed for the NARRTC Annual Meeting. This year's theme, "Taking Charge of Change" encouraged submissions that focused on the theme of change in various contexts. The call for abstracts included:

  • 15-minute research reports (10 minutes of presentation and 5 minutes of Q&A)
  • 60-minute symposia (typically includes multiple presenters)
  • Poster presentations (to be presented during a cash bar reception from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday April 6, 2017)

Several people reported technical difficulties with their submission. If you were unable to complete your submission please email Kathleen Murphy before December 23, 2016.

The contents of this newsletter 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 newsletter do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.