American Institutes for Research

Issue 17
March 2016

KTER Today: Putting Research to Work

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

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Research Study Closing Soon!

Are you a supervisor, manager, human resources or vocational rehabilitation professional? Participate in a one-hour training to help you learn more about cancer-related workplace issues and recent changes to the ADA.

Eligible participants who register and complete the research study associated with this training will receive a gift card, as well as 1 hour CRC-CEU from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) and/or 1 hour of recertification credit from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

Deadline to Register: April 6, 2016

Technical Working Groups

The KTER Center technical working groups, or TWGs, provide guidance and feedback on our research activities. We would like to take this opportunity to highlight our active areas of focus and to thank the TWG members who are integral to our work.

  • Employment of transition-age youth and young adults with disabilities
    Members: Marsha Ellison, Teresa Grossi, and Sandra Miller

  • Employment of adults with autism spectrum disorders
    Members: Frank McCamant, Carol Schall, and Stephen Shore

During the past three months, these TWGs have helped us to frame the most pressing informational needs of the communities they represent and to develop focus group instruments for our upcoming research activities.

Also, keep an eye out for our upcoming newsletters where we will highlight the instrumental work done by the members of our Employment Research Outreach Team (EROT).

Conference Connections

KTER Center staff are pleased to invite you to two upcoming conference presentations, each in collaboration with other NIDILRR colleagues:

NARRTC Conference (Alexandria, VA) - Symposium: NIDILRR Employee Grantees' Strategies for Outreach to Business: Strategies to Inform the Design of Knowledge Translation.
Susanne Bruyère, Wendy Strobel-Gower, Sarah von Schrader, Kathleen M. Murphy - Cornell University and KTER Center researchers present approaches for engaging employers to inform effective outreach. They will share their experiences and strategies in engaging employers to ensure relevance and bridge the gap between research and practice in three NIDILRR-funded projects.
Friday, May 6, 2016, 11:00 a.m. - noon

State of the Science Conference on the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) (Alexandria, VA) - Presentation: Awareness of the ADA and Other Resources to Support Employees after a Cancer Diagnosis.
Kathleen M. Murphy and Vinh Nguyen - Surveys of healthcare providers (HCPs) and individuals with cancer conducted by the Southwest ADA Center in collaboration with SEDL/AIR indicate that levels of awareness of the ADA, other relevant legislation, and vocational support programs and services are low among both populations, but relatively higher among HCPs. Results from a systematic review of interventions for individuals with cancer that included one or more behavioral, psychological, educational or vocational components, will also be explored.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 3:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Pre-NARRTC workshop
Systematic Reviewing for
Evidence-based Practice:
May 3-4, 2016

This introductory workshop is your opportunity to learn the basics of conducting a high-quality systematic review, using the “gold standard” methods of the Campbell Collaboration (C2). The workshop will take place on Tuesday, May 3 and Wednesday May 4, 2016 (from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM) at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, the same venue as the 38th Annual NARRTC Conference.


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Co-sponsored by: KTER Center, Center on KTDRR, NARRTC Research Committee, and the Campbell Collaboration.

KTER Website is Getting a Facelift!

We are remodeling the KTER website to reflect our new scope of work. Soon you’ll be invited to take a look and provide us feedback about the site.

Research to Practice in the
NIDILRR Community

The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) recently funded three Projects for Translating the Findings and Products of Disability and Rehabilitation Research and Development into Practice to promote the use or adoption of findings from NIDILRR-sponsored research or development projects. NIDILRR opened up this competition again to fund similar projects. The KTER Center works with these projects to share information about their knowledge translation activities.

On March 2, we aired our first webcast about these projects featuring lead researchers Mark Harniss, Marsha Langer Ellison, and Lynn Worobey. They described the knowledge translation strategies they plan to employ to increase the use of research previously funded by NIDILRR. The archive and webcast materials are available on our website:

The contents of this newsletter were developed under grant numbers 90DP0009 and 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.

AIR's commitment to diversity goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in our strategy, operations, and work environment. Diversity is valued and Inclusion is reflected in our efforts to recruit, develop, and engage the diverse staff needed to accomplish our mission. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability. We take affirmative action to offer employment and advancement opportunities to all applicants including minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.