2017 Research Projects


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Cathy Bodine – Principal Investigator
Assistive Technology Partners, UC Denver

The Coleman Institute has co-funded three federal National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) Center grants. In 2004, NIDILRR initiated funding for the nation’s first Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT). In a peer reviewed national competition, the University of Colorado succeeded in securing the Center. In 2009 and 20014, the grant was successfully re-competed.  The combined federal grants exceed $9 million and the combined commitment by the Coleman Institute for RERC-ACT I (2004-2009), RERC-ACT II (2009-2014), RERC-ACT III (2014-2019) was over $1.8 million. The RERC-ACT III has focused their research and activities on improving employment outcomes for people with cognitive disabilities. To learn more about the RERC-ACT III projects and other RERC’s visit Assistive Technology Partners, UC Denver.

Clinical Geropsychology Training

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Sara Honn Qualls – Principal Investigator
Gerontology Center, UC Colorado Springs

The Coleman Institute has funded ongoing research to examine the health needs and utilization of patients of the Developmental Disabilities Health Center (DDHC), operated by Peak Vista.  The purpose of this research is to analyze electronic health records to determine successful long-term treatments and supports for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).


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David Ervin – Principal Investigator
The Resource Exchange Center, RRTCDD, UIC Chicago 

The Coleman Institute has funded the Personalized Online Weight and Exercise Response System for people with Intellectual Disabilities (POWERSforID) project in partnership with The Developmental Disabilities Health Center (DDHC), which is a project of The Resource Exchange, Inc. (TRE).  DDHC is an integrated, interdisciplinary primary healthcare delivery system built with and for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).  In October 2013, DDHC was named an intervention site for University of Illinois at Chicago’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD) for the implementation of the POWERSforID project.  The purpose of this research is to determine if POWERSforID can be a successful electronic weight management tool for individuals with IDD and to provide a real-time analysis of characteristics that a successful electronic health management system needs.