Kelly Nye-Lengerman LGSW
- Research Associate
- PhD, MSW, LGSW
Kelly Nye-Lengerman, PhD, is a Research Associate at the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration (ICI). Kelly's work is focused on making public policies and systems work for people through research, training, technical assistance and advocacy. Her work supports the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities in community life. Kelly's projects include Promoting Readiness in Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) TA Center, Think Work, Learn the Signs Act Early (LTSAE) initiatives, and the College of Direct Support (CDS). She is also involved in a number of other community and research projects at ICI. Kelly speaks nationally at conferences and events promoting a vision of inclusion and community for all citizens.
Kelly has extensive experience in program and workforce development, employment services and supports, and program evaluation. Kelly has broad range of professional experience working for disability provider organizations in both community and facility based employment programs. Her interests include inclusive employment practices and policy, interdisciplinary collaborations, early screening and identification disabilities, poverty, and Autism. Kelly is the Co-President of MN Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) and involved with the MN Employment First Coalition. Kelly is an instructor at St. Mary's University and the College of St. Scholastica. She is also a licensed graduate social worker (LGSW) in Minnesota.
Kelly received her PhD and MSW from the University of Minnesota's School of Social Work. Her dissertation focused on Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) service usage and employment outcomes for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Kelly is a 2016 graduate of the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities, and the 2016 recipient of the APSE "Got Mike" Educational Leadership Award.