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TransCen, Inc.

Created as a Transition Center, TransCen is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving educational and employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Its work is driven by the belief that there is a job for everyone who wants one, regardless of the nature of their disability, or other barriers to employment, their need for workplace support and accommodation, or economic circumstance. Its associates develop, implement, and research innovative practices regarding school-to-adult life transition, career and workforce development, and inclusive community participation.

Laura Owens, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Richard Luecking, Ed.D
Research Advisor & Research Lead

Ellen Fabian, Ph.D
Research Advisor & Research Lead

Kelli Thulli Crane, Ph.D
Director of Dissemination

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Virginia Commonwealth Unviersity (VCU)

One of the nation's top research universities, VCU enrolls more than 32,000 students, and houses the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC). Established in 1983, VCU-RRTC serves as a center of national excellence, providing resources for professionals, individuals with disabilities, and their representatives. Since its inception the center has been at the forefront of the supported employment and workplace supports movements. Its team of nationally and internationally renowned researchers is committed to developing and advancing evidence-based practices to increase the hiring and retention for individuals with disabilities.

Paul Wehman, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator

John Kregel, Ed.D.
Research Director & Research Lead

Michael West, Ph.D.
Research Lead

Elizabeth Getzel, M.A.
Research Lead

Katherine Inge, Ph.D.
Technical Assistance Liaison

Teri Blakenship, M.Ed.
Knowledge Translation Coordinator

Stephanie Byrd
Dissemination Specialist


National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)

The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)provides leadership and support for a comprehensive program of research related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. All of our programmatic efforts are aimed at improving the lives of individuals with disabilities from birth through adulthood.

Leslie Kaplan, Ph.D.
Project Officer