Disability Research Consortium
A cooperative agreement with the Social Security Administration
Our Partners

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
UIC conducts research into services for people with psychiatric disabilities and manages much of the DRC training activities. The UIC team dedicated to the DRC has conducted some of the more important studies into supported employment for people with psychiatric disabilities and brings significant experience with policies and programs related to psychiatric disabilities. The UIC Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy (CMHSRP) is one of four major programs within the UIC Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS)
Our partners at the UMMS Disability, Health and Employment Policy Unit (DHEP) and Disability Evaluation Services (DES)provide expertise in employment and health care of people with disabilities and the disability determination process, and lead our DRC research projects in these areas. DHEP researchers have studied national health reform, employment and long-term health care services for people with disabilities, and have expertise in public disability programs. DES provides medical case development and disability determination services for state programs and helps state public assistance recipients with disabilities pursue federal SSI and SSDI benefits.

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
VCU brings in-depth knowledge of rehabilitation research, education, and clinical care for children and adults with disabilities and veterans. Our VCU-partner researchers participate in selected projects focused on youth and veterans with disabilities. The VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC), established in 1983, is a nationally recognized leader in research and demonstration programs related to supported employment for individuals with intellectual disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.