• Researcher VI
Email
lla@umn.edu
Phone
+1 612-626-7220
Address
Community Integration, Inst On
Room 111C Pt H [map]
150 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Dr. Anderson has her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Minnesota focusing on health disparities for individuals with ASD/IDD.  She also has an MPH in Community Health. Her professional expertise stems from work in the field as a county senior social worker coordinating supports for adults and children with ASD/IDD and as a program director for residential supports for this population. In these roles, she was able to see firsthand the challenges individuals with ASD/IDD and their families face in getting appropriate, quality health care. Her research experience has included analyses of large data sets such as the National Health Interview Survey along with population-specific data sets such as the National Core Indicators family surveys. Dr. Anderson also has experience in qualitative research methods that promote the inclusion of under-represented groups in research, such as photo narrative.

Projects

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Family Advocacy and Support Training Project: PACER Evaluation (FAST) [Archived]

Developed training modules for PACER Center, an advocacy organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which coordinates this ADD-funded effort to develop and disseminate culturally responsive,…
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FISP: Supporting Individuals and Families Information Systems Project (FISP) [Archived]

Establishes and refines a comprehensive program of annual data collection from states on family support, and conducts longitudinal data analysis, policy studies, and dissemination activities to…
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Partnership in Wellness: A Training Curriculum for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities [Archived]

Develops and field-tests a research-based, universally-designed, health promotion curriculum that addresses the unique learning needs of adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities…
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RRTC for Family Support

Furthers family support through the following activities:…
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Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Outcome Measurement (RTC-OM)

Evaluates measures of the quality of life experienced by people with disabilities as a result of receiving services and supports. Past measures tended to focus on money spent on services for…
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Waiver Reimagine

Conducts focus groups among stakeholders in Minnesota about Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) and disparities among underrepresented groups in HCBS. The resulting information will lead to…
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Health Care Coordination for Individuals with Physical Disabilities [Archived]

Studied health care coordination and its impact on the lives of people with disabilities. This longitudinal study project included an environmental scan and a series of focus groups to generate and…
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RISP: National Residential Information Systems Project: Data Collection and Information Dissemination on Residential and In Home Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (RISP)

Examines the status of, and longitudinal trends in, provision of institutional and home and community based long-term supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental…

Products

DD Data Brief: Characteristics of Aging Caregivers in the NHIS-D

A brief summarizing findings from the National Health Interview Survey Disability Supplement conducted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, National Center on Health Statistics in 1994 and 1995. It…Published: July 2006

DD Data Brief: Mothers with Disabilities - Characteristics and Outcomes: An Analysis From the 1994/1995 NHIS-D

A brief summarizing findings from the National Health Interview Survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, National Center on Health Statistics in 1994 and 1995. In these years, 202,560…Published: December 2005

DD Data Brief: Health Insurance Coverage and Health Care Experiences of Persons with Disabilities in the NHIS-D

A brief describing the experiences with public and private health insurance coverage for people with functional limitations, people with IDD, and people who do not have IDD or functional…Published: May 2003

DD Data Brief: Children with Disabilities: Social Roles and Family Impacts

A brief using the 1994-1995 Child Disability Follow-Back Survey (DFS) of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) to examine the characteristics of children between the ages of 6 and 17 who were…Published: August 2002

DD Data Brief: Functional Limitations of Adults in the U.S. Non-Institutionalized Population: NHIS-D Analysis

A brief comparing the demographic characteristics, health status, functional limitations, and perceived disability status for adults in three groups who had mental retardation and/or developmental…Published: October 2001

DD Data Brief: Demographic Characteristics of Persons with MR/DD Living in Their Own Homes or With Family Members

A brief describing people with mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities (MR/ DD) living in the community in terms of demographic characteristics and economic status. Those…Published: June 2001

DD Data Brief: Characteristics of and Service Use by Persons With MR/DD Living in Their Own Homes or With Family Members

A brief describing people with MR/DD living in the community in terms of basic demographic characteristics, functional and other limitations, residential services history, medical services…Published: April 2001

Partnerships for Success - Curricula for Supervisors, Managers, and Administrative Staff: The Power of Diversity: Supporting the Immigrant Workforce

A curriculum helping supervisors and other agency staff find, support, and retain immigrant workers. Includes Facilitator Guide and Learner Guide.Published: 2001

Frontline Initiative: Legislative Advocacy

A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals offering various perspectives on effectively supporting individuals with disabilities by advocating for them and their issues through the…Published: 2002

Frontline Initiative: Changing Roles

A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals offering various perspectives on effectively supporting individuals with disabilities as they move into their communities, gain control of their…Published: 2002

Frontline Initiative: Ethics

A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals offering various perspectives on effectively - and ethically - supporting individuals with disabilities.Published: 2001

Frontline Initiative: Teamwork

A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals offering various perspectives on effectively supporting individuals with disabilities through teamwork by interacting with their co-workers,…Published: 2001

Impact: Feature Issue on Supporting Wellness for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

A newsletter issue on supporting wellness for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Wellness is a rapidly growing area of focus for people across the U.S. The popularity of…Published: Winter 2016

Factors associated with meeting physical activity guidelines by adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Background: Many individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have sedentary lifestyles.Aims: (a) compare adults with IDD with the general adult population on adherence to…Published: 12/20/2019

FSRTC Research Brief 2: Caregiver Differences Across Race and Ethnicity

This brief examines caregivers’ self-reported mental, physical, or financial strain. The researchers analyzed data from the 2015 Caregiving in the U.S. survey. The purpose of this brief was to look…Published: Spring 2019

FSRTC Research Brief 7: Support Services for Adult SSI Recipients with IDD

A brief describing the characteristics and circumstances of adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and the families who care…Published: Summer 2018

In-Home and Residential Long-Term Supports and Services for Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities: Status and Trends Through 2016

A report describing the status of, and trends in, long-term supports and services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the U.S. on June 30, 2016. It is based on an annual…Published: 2018

Research Brief 8: Employment Outcomes and Paid Leave for Caregivers of Children with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities

A brief examines a Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) survey subsample of 388 caregivers of minor children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD), ages...

Published: Fall 2018

Research Brief 9: Employment Outcomes and Paid Leave for Caregivers of Adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities

A brief examining a Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) survey subsample of 807 caregivers of adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD), ages 18 and...

Published: Fall 2018

FSRTC Research Brief 8: Family Caregivers of Family Members with IDD Differ from Other Caregivers in the Kinds and Duration of Supports They Provide

A brief comparing caregiving experiences of family caregivers for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) with those of caregivers who responded to the Caregiving in the U.S.…Published: Winter 2018

FSRTC Research Brief 1: Social Support and Family Resilience Ease the Stress of Parents of Children with Complex Special Health Care Needs

This brief examines the effects of three social determinants—community conditions, emotional support, and family resilience—on the mental and physical health of mothers of children with complex…Published: Spring 2019

FINDS [2010] National Survey

A report covering the national Internet survey that The Arc of the United States conducted in 2010 that aimed to capture the perspectives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities…Published: 2011

Supporting Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and their Families: Status and Trends Through 2012

A technical report describing results from a survey of state intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) agencies for FY 2012 on the status and trends of long-term supports and services for…Published: 2014

Supporting Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and their Families: Status and Trends through 2014

A report summarizing statistics that were gathered and analyzed for the Supporting Individuals and Families Information Systems Project (FISP). It includes information about the numbers of, and…Published: 2016

Supporting Individuals and Families Information Systems Project (FISP) Website

A website presenting documents and resources from this project that gathers data to help federal and state agencies understand the current status and emerging trends in supporting families and...

Published: 2012

In-Home and Residential Long-Term Supports and Services for Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities: Status and Trends through 2014

A report describing the status of, and trends in, long-term supports and services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the U.S. on June 30, 2014. It is based on an annual…Published: 2017

Partnerships in Wellness

A health promotion curriculum that addresses the unique learning needs of adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) who require ongoing daily supports, have limited readings...

Published: 2017

In-Home and Residential Long-Term Supports and Services for Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities: Status and Trends Through 2015

A report describing the status of, and trends in, long-term supports and services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the U.S. on June 30, 2015. It is based on an annual...

Published: 2017

Family & Individual Needs for Disability Support (FINDS) Community Report 2017

A report presenting the results of the Family & Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) survey, launched in 2017 by ICI's Research and Training Center on Community Living in collaboration…Published: 2018

The State of the Science of Health and Wellness for Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Historically, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have experienced health disparities related to several factors including: a lack of access to high quality medical care,…Published: 2013-10-01

Topics

  • Community life
    • Parenting and family relationships
    • Health and safety
      • Healthcare
      • Housing and residential services
        • Community group residential
          • Family supports/in-home services
            • Medicaid services (residential)
            • Specific disability
              • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)
                • Physical disability

                Activities

                • Dissemination
                  • Research
                    • Technical assistance