Researcher V

Areas of work: Direct support workforce, Families, Health and wellness, IDD Prevalence, Long-term supports and services, Self-determination and self-direction, Social inclusion

Contact information

phone: +1 612-626-7220

Community Integration, Inst On Room 111C Pt H 150 Pillsbury Dr SE Minneapolis, MN 55455


Ms. Anderson, MA, MPH is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Minnesota focusing on health disparities for individuals with ASD/IDD. Her professional expertise stems from work in the field as a county senior social worker coordinating supports for adults and children with ASD/IDD and as a program director for residential supports for this population. In these roles, she was able to see firsthand the challenges individuals with ASD/IDD and their families faced ingetting appropriate, quality health care. Her research experience has included analyses of large data sets such as the National Health Interview Survey along with population-specific data sets such as the National Core Indicators family surveys. Ms. Anderson also has experience in qualitative research methods that promote the inclusion of under-represented groups in research, such as photo narrative.



Family Advocacy and Support Training Project: PACER Evaluation (FAST) [Archived]

Developed training modules for PACER Center, an advocacy organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which coordinates this ADD-funded effort to develop and disseminate culturally responsive,...

In collaboration with: PACER Center


FISP: Supporting Individuals and Families Information Systems Project (FISP) [Archived]

Establishes and refines a comprehensive program of annual data collection from states on family support, and conducts longitudinal data analysis, policy studies, and dissemination activities to...

In collaboration with: National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, Human Services Research Institute


Partnership in Wellness: A Training Curriculum for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities [Archived]

Develops and field-tests a research-based, universally-designed, health promotion curriculum that addresses the unique learning needs of adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities...


Waiver Reimagine

Conducts focus groups among stakeholders in Minnesota about Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) and disparities among underrepresented groups in HCBS. The resulting information will lead to...


Health Care Coordination for Individuals with Physical Disabilities [Archived]

Studied health care coordination and its impact on the lives of people with disabilities. This longitudinal study project included an environmental scan and a series of focus groups to generate and...

In collaboration with: Special Needs Basic Care Program, Minnesota Department of Human Services


RISP: National Residential Information Systems Project: Data Collection and Information Dissemination on Residential and In Home Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (RISP)

Examines the status of, and longitudinal trends in, provision of institutional and home and community based long-term supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental...

In collaboration with: Human Services Research Institute, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services


Frontline Initiative: Ethics

Formats: PDFPublished: 2001

Frontline Initiative: Teamwork

Formats: PDFPublished: 2001

FINDS [2010] National Survey

Formats: PDFPublished: 2011

Partnerships in Wellness

Formats: PDF, PPTPublished: 2017