OUR Team

Dr. Janiece Taylor
Deputy Director
Dr. Janiece Taylor

Alicia Cooke
Center Program Coordinator

Senior Admin Coordinator

Kennedy McDaniel
Design Strategy Manager

Dr. Wonkyung (Kelly) Jung
Postdoctoral Fellow

Brian Fitzek
Knowledge Translation Specialist


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.