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Jean P. Hall Named Director of RTC/IL

July 1, 2018 - Jean P. Hall, PhD, has been appointed Director of the Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTC/IL) in the Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas. She brings a record of nationally recognized research related to health care, employment, and independent living (IL) for people with disabilities. IL refers to the philosophy that people with disabilities should be able to make decisions that affect their own lives.

“I am excited to join with the staff at the RTC/IL to continue my work with and for the disability community. It is essential for researchers to give voice to people with disabilities who might not otherwise be heard,” said Hall. She noted that the center’s researchers, professional staff and students work closely with people who have disabilities and disability service providers to develop research and products that address real needs and impact public policy.

As the center’s director, Hall is co-principal investigator (PI) for the RTC on Promoting Interventions for Community Living (RTC/PICL). This federally funded project investigates the effectiveness of evidence-based interventions that modify home environments and enhance the personal skills of people with disabilities as a way to increase their community participation. Hall also continues in her role as Director of the Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies (IHDPS), another affiliate of the Life Span Institute, and was appointed a faculty member in Applied Behavioral Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at KU. 

Her recent publications include “Medicaid expansion as an employment incentive program for people with disabilities” in the American Journal of Public Health and “Impact of ACA health reforms for people with mental health conditions” in Psychiatric Services.  

Since its founding in 1980 by Jim Budde, the RTC/IL has added to the disability research knowledge base through projects focused on accessibility, advocacy, employment, emergency preparedness, health care, and more. Hall succeeds Glen White, who became the director in 2002.  

The center’s current major project, the RTC/PICL, is funded by a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services.

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