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The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program on Health and Functioning of People with Disabilities post-doctoral fellowship (National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research NIDILRR)

The post-doctoral training program aims to prepare professionals capable of conducting needed, high quality multidisciplinary rehabilitation and disability research to improve the health and functioning of individuals with disabilities.


There is a clear need for more highly trained researchers who can both investigate the new service delivery dilemmas and challenges created by the intersection of these four trends and assess their implications for policy and practice solutions that will improve the health and functioning of people with disabilities. The post-doctoral training program with its focus on providing advanced training on integrating research, evaluation, and policy to promote the health and functioning of individuals with disabilities is designed to meet this need.
The program includes a community mentor as part of the collaborative mentor team that supports each postdoctoral trainee over the course of their two-year period of study. The community mentors come from 10 different agencies and organizations that represent multiple stakeholder groups from the disability community including self-advocates, families, providers, and policymakers. The program also has an emphasis on policy and on conducting research that has clear program and policy connections in terms of making recommendations on how to achieve improved health and functioning outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

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