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OUR Team

Dr. Janiece Taylor
Deputy Director
Dr. Janiece Taylor 
Alicia Cooke, Center Program Coordinator
Alicia Cooke
Center Program Coordinator
Porscha Reid, Senior Admin Coordinator
Porscha Reid
Senior Admin Coordinator

Center Specialist

Kennedy McDaniel
Design Strategy Manager 

Dr. Qiwei Li, Post-Doctoral Implementation Science Fellow
Dr. Qiwei Li, Post-Doctoral
Implementation Science Fellow

Brian Fitzek
Knowledge Translation Specialist



OUR Advisory BoaRds

Internal Advisory Boards

External Advisory Boards

  • Sarah Ailey, Rush University
  • Jeanne Alhusen, University of Virgnia
  • Harolyn Belcher, Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Liz Briscoe, Action in Maturity
  • Margaret Campbell, Campbell & Associates Consultants
  • Bruce Finke, Indian Health Services
  • Tracie Harrison, University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
  • Patrice Heinz, The National Alliance for Caregiving
  • Amy Houtrow, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Ahrin Mishan, The Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation
  • Bradley Schlagger, Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Linda Stewart, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Heang Tan, Baltimore City Health Department
  • Mike Weikert, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Research to Policy Translation Board

  • Paul Osterman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Robyn Stone, LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston
  • Ellen Marie Whelan, CMS Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services
  • Kali Thomas, Brown University



The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) is the primary research arm of the Administration for Community Living in the Department of Health and Human Services. It aims to generate new knowledge and promote its effective use to improve the abilities of people with disabilities to perform activities of their choice in the community; and to expand society's capacity to provide full opportunities and accommodations for citizens with disabilities.

NIDILRR achieves this mission by:

  • providing for research, demonstration, training, technical assistance and related activities to maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities of all ages;
  • promoting the transfer of, use and adoption of rehabilitation technology for individuals with disabilities in a timely manner; and
  • ensuring the widespread distribution, in usable formats, of practical scientific and technological information;
  • addressing a wide range of disabilities and impairments across populations of all ages.