Faculty and Staff
- Catherine Ipsen, Ph.D., Director and Director of Employment Research
- Craig Ravesloot, Ph.D., Director and Research Advisor
- Tom Seekins, Ph.D., Retired Director
- Tracy Boehm Barrett, Director of Knowledge Translation
- Justice Ender, Communications Associate
- Kaitlin Fertaly, Ph.D, Research Associate
- Lillie Greiman, Project Director
- Tannis Hargrove, Project Director
- Maggie Lawrence, Training Associate
- Andrew Myers, Project Director
- Meredith Repke, Ph.D, Research Associate
- Rayna Sage, Ph.D., Project Director
- Lauren Smith, Knowledge Translation Associate
- Bryce Ward, Ph.D., Statistician
For nearly 30 years, RTC: Rural has conducted disability research as part of the Rural Institute at the University of Montana. RTC: Rural is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to improve the ability of people with disabilities to engage in rural community living.
To achieve this, we:
- Perform research to solve rural problems.
- Offer training and technical assistance to service providers.
- Work to reduce barriers to community participation.
- Present rural issues to disability groups.
By conducting research across the focus areas of health, employment, and community participation and independent living, RTC: Rural uncovers the relationships among personal and environmental factors that show how people experience the rural environment to maintain quality of life. This work has led to the development of health promotion programs, disability and employment policy, and support and education for providers who serve people with disabilities.
As leaders in rural disability research, our projects incorporate the collaboration of stakeholders and consumers from the disability community. We seek input and advice in shaping research projects both during their development and throughout the research process. This partnership ensures the relevance of our research as we work to improve overall quality of life of people with disabilities.
The Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:RURAL) is funded by a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant numbers 90RT50250100 and 90RTCP0002-01-00). As the federal government’s primary disability research agency, NIDILRR is established within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this website do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.