Research Associate

Areas of work: Direct support workforce, Employment, Families, Health and wellness, Long-term supports and services, Person-centered planning and practice, Positive support, Quality measurement, Self-advocacy, Self-determination and self-direction, Social inclusion

Contact information

phone: +1 612-625-5592

Institute On Community Integration Room 111C PtH 150 Pillsbury Dr SE Minneapolis, MN 55455


Brian Abery, Ph.D, is the Coordinator of School-Age Services at the Institute on Community Integration (ICI) and an adjunct faculty member within the Institute on Child Development and School Psychology Programs at the University of Minnesota. He has been Principal Investigator of numerous projects designed to enhance the educational outcomes, social inclusion, and self-determination of persons with disabilities both at a national and international level. His international work includes implementation of the Response to Intervention framework in India and the implementation of Inclusive Service Learning in Costa Rica. Dr. Abery holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology and has an extensive background in research, assessment, program development, and evaluation related to children, youth, and adults with disabilities.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)



North Central Regional Resource Center General Supervision Enhancement Grants (NCRRC GSEG) [Archived]

Examined the intended and unintended consequences of states' large-scale alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS). Federal law requires states to conduct AA-AAS for...

In collaboration with: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Michigan Department of Education


Together We Make a Difference: Inclusive Service Learning as part of 4-H Youth Development Programs [Archived]

Instilled hope, a sense of purpose, self-confidence, and a positive vision of the future among at-risk, high school youth with and without disabilities through a year-long inclusive service...

In collaboration with: Urban 4-H Youth Development, Minnesota 4-H, University of Minnesota Extension


American Youth Leadership Program: Learning to Serve...Serving to Learn [Archived]

Enables high school students with and without disabilities, and their educators, from the U.S. and Costa Rica to learn and serve together while enhancing their cultural understanding, global...

In collaboration with: World Savvy, School of Environmental Studies, Ruta Verde


Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Award 2013: A Sustainable Response to Intervention Model for Successful Inclusion of Children with Disabilities [Archived]

Fosters university-, district- and school-level partnerships between India and the U.S., using the Response to Intervention (RTI) education framework. RTI is a model for a school-wide process that...

In collaboration with: Avinashilingam University [India], Coimbatore School District [India]


International Triangle Grant [Archived]

Collaborates with colleagues from Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University in Siberia on development of a technology-based General Outcome Measures system for use by educators to assess basic...

In collaboration with: Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University [Russian Federation]


Inclusive Service Learning Project (formerly the Bubel/Aiken Inclusive Service Learning Project) [Archived]

Developed a sustainable, long-term inclusive service learning program that brings together K-12 students with a wide range of abilities to participate in service learning and bridge the gap between...

In collaboration with: National Inclusion Project


Supporting the Self Determination of Adults and Transition Age Youth within the Family Context [Archived]

Develops and conducts initial field-testing of a six-lesson training program designed to help families better support the self determination of their young adult or adult with intellectual and/or...

In collaboration with: The Arc Greater Twin Cities


Identifying the Critical Elements Associated with High Fidelity Adoption of Programs that Support and Enhance the Quality of Life for Persons with IDD

Conducts a longitudinal study to identify the critical elements of health care coordination for people with physical disabilities and examines the relationship of these elements to health-related...


Assessments of Students with Significant Disabilities: A Russia-U.S. Partnership (UPP) [Archived]

Establishes a partnership between the University of Minnesota (UMN) and Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University (KSPU), Russia, to develop and evaluate a system of formative assessment suited for...

In collaboration with: Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University [Russian Federation]


International Institute on Progress Monitoring (IIPM)

Develops formative assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities using technology. There is a real need for progress monitoring measures that teachers can regularly use in the...

In collaboration with: Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University [Russian Federation], Rotary Club of White Bear Lake


Enhancing the Inclusion of Children and Youth with Disabilities in Armenia: University of Minnesota - Armenian State Pedagogical University Partnership

Builds a sustainable partnership between the University of Minnesota and Armenian State Pedagogical University (ASPU), the only university in that eastern European country that trains both general...

In collaboration with: Armenian State Pedagogical University


Evaluation of the Effectiveness of CareProfiler Post-Hire System for Supervisors in Residential, Assisted Living, and Community Based Settings for People with IDD and Aging Needs

Validates a post-hire support system for frontline supervisors and direct support professionals (DSPs). The system developed by CareProfiler is designed to maximize services for people with...

In collaboration with: CareProfiler Inc.


U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Project: Developing Systems to Support the Employment and Community Inclusion of Young Adults with Disabilities

Creates virtual and in-person platforms for dialogues between professionals and parents who support young adults with disabilities in Russia and the U.S. The goal is to develop opportunities and...

In collaboration with: Social Innovation Fund [Krasnoyarsk, Russia]


Evaluating the Fidelity of Special Olympic Minnesota's Unified Champion School Program

Evaluates the fidelity of Special Olympic Minnesota's Unified Champion School Program. ICI will gather data from a wide variety of stakeholders, including program administrators, trainers, school...


Community Participation and Employment as Strategies for Social inclusion: A U.S.-Russian Dialogue

Enhances the social inclusion of Russian youth and young adults with disabilities by developing community living and supported employment programs in the Moscow area. Options in Russia for...

In collaboration with: Ordinary Childhood [Russia]


Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Community Living and Participation (AART)

Trains one or two post-doctoral participants each year, offering them a program that is rich in research training and experience that is focused on community living and participation of persons...


State Consortium to Examine the Consequential Validity of Alternate Assessments Based on Alternate Achievement Standards: A Longitudinal Study (AA-AAS) [Archived]

Conducted a nine-year longitudinal study to ascertain the consequential evidence of the AA-AAS used within the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The goal of this project was to...

In collaboration with: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Michigan Department of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education


Effects of a Validated, Field-Tested, Self-Determination Training Program in a Randomized Control Trial Design [Archived]

Conducted the first large-scale study of the effects of a self-determination training intervention with Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) designed to support the self-determination of persons...

In collaboration with: Mains'l [Brooklyn Park, MN], Amas Incorporated [Brooklyn Park, MN], Mary T., Inc., Community Involvement Programs


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


National Gateway on Self-Determination for Persons with Developmental Disabilities [Archived]

Established training programs nationwide to assist persons with disabilities in practicing self-determination in their lives.

In collaboration with: Mains'l [Brooklyn Park, MN], Amas Incorporated [Brooklyn Park, MN], University of Missouri-Kansas City, Mary T., Inc., Community Involvement Programs


Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)

Conducts a wide range of research, training, and technical assistance and dissemination projects related to community supports under its center grant and related project funding. The RTC-CL is...

In collaboration with: Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University, Human Services Research Institute, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services


Improving the Self-Determination of Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Wisconsin

Develops an education and technical assistance program for general education teachers in ten schools (five middle schools and five high schools) in Wisconsin, providing them with strategies to...


Understanding, Developing, and Supporting Meaningful Work for Youth with Disabilities in Bhutan: Networks, Communities, and Transitions

Supports the inclusive community employment of youth and young adults with disabilities in Bhutan, a mountainous kingdom in south central Asia. This program of research and development will be...

In collaboration with: Royal Thimphu College [Bhutan], University of Birmingham [United Kingdom]


Developing Leadership Capacity in Inclusive Education: A U.S.-Ukrainian Partnership

Builds capacity in inclusive education practices at the university and public school levels in six regions of Ukraine through lectures, a train-the-trainer model, and mentoring by U.S. experts....


HCBS Outcome Framework Results

Formats: OnlinePublished: 2017