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Project Type/Research Category: Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTCs).

Funding Priority: Capacity Building for Rehabilitation Research and Training.
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Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities.

Langston University.
Department of Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Studies.
4205 North Lincoln Boulevard, Suite 102.
Oklahoma City, OK  73105.

Principal Investigator: Corey L. Moore, RhD.
Public Contact Phone: 405/530-7530.
Fax: 405/962-1638.
Project Number: H133B130023. About grant numbers.
Start Date: October 1, 2013.
Length: 60 months.
NIDILRR Officer: Shelley Reeves.
NIDILRR Funding: FY 13 $875,000; FY 14 $875,000; FY 15 $875,000; FY 16 $875,000; FY 17 $875,000.
Abstract: This project engages minority entities (MEs) to generate new knowledge leading to improved outcomes for persons from traditionally underserved racial and ethnic populations and communities and to enhance research capacity and infrastructure at minority-serving institutions. The project works with six MEs to address research infrastructure challenges and enhance the research skills of their individual faculty scholars and students. The following themes are addressed through five major studies and numerous capacity-building activities: (1) describe and evaluate an emerging research team mentorship model across six different MEs; (2) examine factors that contribute to disability and rehabilitation research leaders’ career development and success to increase the number of talented researchers available to mentor ME junior investigators; (3) forecast the impact of new US citizen and legal permanent resident populations and trends on state vocational rehabilitation agencies’ (SVRAs) systems capacity to serve immigrants of color with disabilities; (4) describe SVRAs and Veteran Affairs co-service strategies aimed at placing veterans of color with disabilities into employment; (5) examine ME faculty scholars’ personal/intrinsic factors and extrinsic rewards that motivate them to conduct disability and rehabilitation research; and (6) pilot-test an emerging research capacity-building and infrastructure model across six different MEs. This project is developing and implementing a partnership plan that ensures that all activities are predominantly focused on research capacity and infrastructure building. The project plans a state-of-the science conference in the fourth year to discuss the research topics identified and devotes attention to demonstrating how findings are translated to practical applications in research, service initiatives, and policy development for persons of color with disabilities and ME research capacity-building efforts.
Descriptors: Capacity building, Mentoring, Minorities, Rehabilitation research.

Documents in REHABDATA:
An emerging conceptual framework for conducting disability, health independent living, and rehabilitation research mentorship and training at minority serving institutions.

Diffusion of innovations theory and veterans of color: A framework for promoting the adoption of effective state vocational rehabilitation agencies, American Indian vocational rehabilitation programs, and Veterans Affairs-vocational rehabilitation & employment co-service practices in vocational rehabilitation.

Disability, health, independent living, and rehabilitation research leaders from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethic populations: Career development and success factors.

Minority entity disability, health, independent living, and rehabilitation research productivity facilitators: A review and synthesis of the literature and policy.

New immigrating racial and ethnic populations and "trends impacts" on state vocational rehabilitation agencies.

Return-to-work outcome rates of African American versus White veterans served by state vocational rehabilitation agencies: A randomized split-half cross-model validation research design.