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Susan Foley

Senior Research Fellow

B.A., Psychology, Bates College
Ph.D., Florence Heller School for Advanced Social Policy, Brandeis University

Susan Foley, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Fellow and directs the research activities of the ICI. She received her doctorate from the Florence Heller School for Advanced Social Policy at Brandeis University and a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Bates College. Dr, Foley continues to direct multiple national centers that include the coordination of research, training, and technical assistance efforts for public agencies that provide employment services for citizens with disabilities. Her research work has included qualitative, survey, case study, research synthesis, and field intervention designs involving topics related to leadership and management, interagency partnerships, organizational structures and processes, and outcomes. She is pioneering an effort to adapt a Learning Collaborative strategy to create partnerships between researchers and state vocational rehabilitation personnel. In 2012, she is a principal investigator of the VR-RRTC, the RTAC on VR Program Management, the SGA Project. She has also substantive work on improving community-based services for youth with special health care needs, particularly those from immigrant communities in Boston. She is PI of the National Center on Ease of Use which is focusing on a multi-state Action Learning Collaborative to improve community services use of Latino families with children with special health care needs.

ICI publications by Susan Foley

Press Release: Participants of the Learning Collaborative on Vocational Rehabilitation Management

The Research and Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) on VR Program Management is pleased to announce the participants of the 2013-2014 Learning Collaborative. This is the second cohort of VR agencies to join the Learning Collaborative on VR Program Management. (2/2013)

Press Release: ICI Wins New Research Grant

The ICI and our partners will carry out three major research studies about improving vocational rehabilitation (VR) responsiveness to employer needs. We will examine the role of VR in retention of older workers, hiring processes for young workers, and supporting remote workers. (12/2012)

Employment Services and Outcomes of People Receiving Welfare Benefits and Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Poverty programs have undergone substantial reform in the past decade, and there has been a heightened interest in exploring the experiences of people with disabilities who receive welfare benefits. This report profiles people with disabilities who had TANF, GA, or both at application to VR services and completed these services in the year 2003. (8/2005)

Diabetes and Vocational Rehabilitation Employment Services and Outcomes

Approximately 18 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. This brief uses Rehabilitation Services Administration data to provide a picture of people with diabetes using the Vocational Rehabilitation system. (6/2005)

From Paper to Action: State-Level Interagency Agreements for Supported Employment of People with Disabilities

The second of three studies conducted that investigated the extent and role of interagency agreements between state agencies that fund and provide supported employment supports and services for people with significant disabilities. (12/2002)

Select outside publications by Susan Foley

Foley, SM, Raphael R, Adolphe, M., Wu, J., Tamene, B., Rubin, CL, Yusuf, A (2010) Haitian, Chinese, Somali, Ethiopian, and Asian/Pacific Islander perspectives on Research. Pediatrics Dec: 126 Suppl 3:S137-142

Palfrey JS, Huntington NL, Yusuf A, Foley SM, Nary D, Jenkins R (2010) Viewing services for children and youth with special health care needs through a community lens. Pediatrics Dec: 126 Suppl 3:S107-110.

Palfrey, J., Foley, S., Sharma, N (2008) Developmental and Behavioral Disorders Grown Up. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 29 (6) 524-533.

Brown, K., Hamner, D., Foley, S., Woodring, J. (2008) Doing Disability: Disability Formations in the Search for Work, Sociological Inquiry, 79 (1), 3-24.

Berry J, Foley S, Kong V, Palfrey JS (2007). Hospital use of adolescents and young adults with chronic illness. Pediatric Academic Societies, 2007, 07LI_3059.

Butterworth J, Foley SM, Kiernan W, Timmons J Employment supports for persons with disabilities: Current practices in cross-agency collaboration and service integration. Journal of Rehabilitation Administration: 2006: 30, 253.

Woodring J, Foley SM, Rado G, Brown K, Hamner D. Focus groups and methodological reflections: Conscientious flexibility in the field. Journal of Disability Policy Studies: 2006: 16, 4.

Metzel, D, Foley SM, Butterworth J. State level interagency agreements for supported employment of people with disabilities. 2005: Journal of Disability Policy Studies:

Marrone, J, Foley, SM, Selleck (2005) How mental health and welfare to work interact: The role of hope, sanctions, engagement and support. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation (8) 81-101.

Foley, SM, Marrone, J., & Simon, M. (2002) Cruise ships and kayaks: Welfare and rehabilitation approaches for women with disabilities in poverty. Behavioral Sciences and the Law Journal. (20) 659-680.

Timmons J, Foley SM, Whitney-Thomas J, Green T (2001) Negotiating the Landscape: The Path to Employment for Individuals with Disabilities in the TANF System, Journal of Poverty.(5), 3 87-112

Foley SM, Butterworth JB, Heller A (2000) A Profile of Vocational Rehabilitation Interagency Activity Improving Supported Employment for People with Severe Disabilities, Focus on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 15 (1), 37.

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