About School of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center

The mission of the Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) is to empower minority-serving institutions/minority entities (e.g., historically Black colleges/universities [HBCUs], Hispanic-serving institutions [HSIs], Tribal colleges/universities [TCUs], and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institutions [AANAPISIs]) to improve their disability and rehabilitation research capacity and infrastructure by conducting a programmatic line of research examining experiences and outcomes of persons with disabilities from traditionally underserved racial and ethnic populations and communities and capacity-building efforts The RRTC serves as a center of national excellence in rehabilitation, research capacity building and research infrastructure research.

Dr. Corey L. Moore is Principal Investigator/Research Director

Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities

Project Information

The Langston University RRTC on Research and Capacity Building represents a collaborative research, development, and dissemination project funded by the National Institute on Disability and Independent Living Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) for five years at approximately $875,000 per year. The project will engage minority entities (MEs) to generate new knowledge leading to improved outcomes for persons from traditionally underserved racial and ethnic populations and communities and enhanced research capacity and infrastructure at minority serving institutions.

Major Studies

The RRTC will conduct eight major studies and conduct numerous capacity-building and technical assistance activities that address the following themes:

  • Field-testing and testing an emerging (i.e., Peer Multiple Mentor Model [PMMM]) and promising (i.e., Peer-to-Peer Mentor Research Team Model [PMRTM]) RCB approach, respectively;
  • Exploring impacts of Opioid Use Disorder on employment prospects among people with disabilities from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds;
  • Field-testing an emerging State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (SVRA) and Veterans Affairs (VA) Co-Service Partnership Model;
  • Pilot-testing an emerging American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Program (AIVRP) and Veterans Affairs (VA) Co-Service Partnership Model;
  • Exploring barriers that prevent HBCU-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research scientists and faculty members, and small African American-owned technology firm engineers from participating optimally in the federally assistive technology research and development enterprise;
  • Examining factors that challenge federally-sponsored MSI-based research centers in producing highly-visible research findings that advance the disability/ rehabilitation and health science and literature;
  • Evaluating an emerging Early Intervention Disability, Rehabilitation, and Health Research Careers Pathway Model (EIRCPM) that mentors MSI-based pre-doctoral and doctoral Fellows; and
  • Longitudinally testing an Institutional Research Capacity-Building and Infrastructure Model (IRCBIM) across five different MSIs.

The LU-RRTC serves as a national resource center for Minority-Serving Institutions / Minority Entities that are seeking to develop their Research Infrastructure (RI), and to enhance their capacity to engage in disability and rehabilitation research. To this end, the RRTC will initiate dissemination, training and technical assistance activities for developing strong RIs within MEs for the conduct of research, preparation, submission, and management of NIDILRR funded research grant projects. Technical Assistance (TA) services will be provided as a part of LU-RRTC interventions for research projects participants and to ME and SVRA requestors around the country. The quality, intensity, and duration of TA will vary by system (i.e., ME or SVRA) and the readiness of TA recipients.

I. Minority Entity TA Areas

  • Faculty Scholar Role & Function Balance Consultation (e.g., teach-ing/service/research balance)
  • Sponsored Programs Office Operations Consultation
  • Research Infrastructure Strategic Planning
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) Operation Consultation
  • NIDILRR Research Proposal Development Mentorship
  • NIDILRR Research Project Management Consultation
  • Manuscript for Peer Reviewed Publication Development Mentorship
  • NIDILRR Request for Comment (RFC) or Request for Proposal (RFP) Interpretation Consultation
  • NIDILRR Expert Panel Application Development Consultation
  • Data Management and Analysis Software and Related Technology Support Consultation

II. State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (SVRA) TA Areas

  • SVRA Policy Consultation to Improve Outcomes for Persons from Traditionally Underserved Communities
  • SVRA Rehabilitation Practitioner Consultation or Training to Improve Outcomes for Persons from Traditionally Underserved Communities



A National Delphi Survey of New Immigrating Populations and Trends’ Impacts on State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies

A National Investigation of Factors that Contribute to Minority Disabilty and Health Research Leaders Career Development

An Autoethnographic Approach to Understanding Skill Enhancement Strategies for Minority Researchers With Disabilities

Disease Impact of Lupus on Functioning and the Need for Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Services

Factors Affecting Effective Delivery of Vocational Rehabilitation Services for African American Males with Substance Use Disorder Employment Barriers

Factors Affecting Rehabilitation Research Productivity in Minority Serving Institutions-Technical Recommendation

Historical and Legislative Context for Section 21 and Need for Minority Researchers

Institutional Research Capacity Building and Infrastructure Model (IRCBIM) Evaluation-Baseline and Intermediate Phase Results

Latino with Substance Use Disorders

Lived Experiences of Black Male Graduate Students in Counselor Education Programs

National Survey of American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Program and Veterans Affairs Interagency Collaborations

National Survey of State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency and Veterans Affairs Interagency

Overview-National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)

Post-doctoral Opportunity-Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Program Synopsis

The Politics of Disability Ex-Offender Status and Employment What Every Rehabilitation Counselor Needs to Know

The use of employment Vocational rehabilitation services for persons with HIV AIDS and substance abuse

Vocational Rehabilitation Outcomes for Native American and Alaskan Native Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury



Peer-to-Peer Mentor Research Team Academy Project Overview:

The LU-RRTC Peer-to-Peer Mentor Research Team Academy represents a collaborative effort between Langston University and the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The Academy will mentor Fellows to conduct research that addresses the rehabilitation needs of persons with disabilities from traditionally underserved backgrounds and communities.

Ultimately, the program will build Fellows’ scholarly self-efficacy and research skills by providing them with state-of-the-science knowledge of scientifically valid measurement strategies and methodologies, and direct hands-on experience in the conduct of research and grant proposal development.

Fellows must conduct research and develop a research grant proposal that addresses Priority A:

Conducting research that examines experiences and outcomes of individuals with disabilities from traditionally underserved racial and ethnic populations. Applicants must focus their research activities on topics that fall under at least one of the following major life domains identified in NIDILRR’s Long-Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2013-2017 (78 FR 20299): (1) Employment, (2) Participation and Community Living, or (3) Health and Function.

Peer-to-Peer Mentor Research Team Academy Goals

Research Methodology: Provide research Fellows with the most current scientific information on measurement and methodologies, principles and standards, and best practices for culturally and linguistically competent appropriate disability-related rehabilitation research.

Leadership: Provide research Fellows with an innovative opportunity to actually develop and conduct their own research addressing experiences and outcomes of persons with disabilities from underserved racial and ethnic populations. In addition, Fellows will have the opportunity to interact with peer program Fellows from other institutions or work settings and different ethnic and cultural backgrounds thereby building linkages between disability and rehabilitation researchers across the nation.

Technical Assistance: Provide program Fellows with an innovative opportunity to have their work evaluated through interaction and feedback from Peer-to-Peer Research Team Mentor Panels that will be formed for each Fellow. Panel members will take a leadership role in providing examples and developing strategies for the transfer of research findings to practical applications in planning, policy-making, program administration, and delivery of services to individual with disabilities. Findings may be published in a professional journal and presented at a professional meeting.

LU-RRTC Sponsored Webinars
  1. “ABCs of RSA911 data”
  2. “Labor Market Information Series”
    a. Vocational Rehabilitation Employment Patterns: Occupation Types and Trends
    b. Vocational Rehabilitation Employment Patterns: Demographic Distribution
    c. Vocational Rehabilitation Employment Patterns: Wage Variations
  3. “NIDILRR Grant Writing 101”
  4. “Including Veterans in the Workplace”
    Session 1
    Session 2
  5. “Quotations and Codes and Memos, Oh My!
    The Basic Qualitative Research and Data Analysis Using Altas.it

Funding Agency:

National Institute on Disability and Independent Living Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)

LU-RRTC Project Team:

Corey L. Moore, Rh.D., CRC, Principal Investigator and Research Director
Edward O. Manyibe, Ph. D., CRC Research Associate Professor & Capacity Building Director
Andre L. Washington, Ph.D., CRC, Research Assistant Professor & Technical Assistance Coordinator
Kenyotta Cross, Ed.D, CRC, Research Associate Professor
Dytisha m. Davis, Ph.D., CRC Research Assistant Professor
Jean E. Johnson, Ed.D, CRC, Research Associate Professor
Perry Sanders, Ph.D., CRC, Research Assistant Professor
Osaretin Uhunoma, Ph.D., CRC, Research Statistician / Consultant
Ningning Wang, Ph.D., Research Statistician / Consultant
Atashia M. Muhammad, Research Associate and Training Coordinator

Collaborating Partners:

Langston University RRTC has convened a highly skilled team of collaborators with expertise that spans the areas of research, capacity building, policy formation, advocacy and dissemination.

  • Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston (AANAPISI)
  • Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • South Carolina State University (HBCU)
  • Jackson State University (HBCU)
  • Delaware Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Program
  • Cherokee Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Program
  • Kessler Foundation
  • Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)