• Information Technology Manager
+1 612-624-7621
Inst on Community Integration
Room 110B PtH [map]
150 Pillsbury Dr S E
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Kristin Dean, M.S. is an Information Technology Manager at the Institute on Community Integration (ICI).

Kristin has more than 25 years experience providing quality services to people with disabilities in a variety of settings. Her responsibilities at the ICI include directing all aspects of the Institute's technology initiatives. It was her unique experience in both technology and a rich history in the fields of direct support and frontline supervision that brought her to ICI in 2001.

Prior to arriving at ICI, Kristin started her first job as a frontline supervisor working in a progressive agency whose primary purpose was providing residential and semi-independent living services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In this role, she was responsible for implementing the agency mission to partner with people with disabilities and communities to bring about self-directed and enriched lives. It was this work experience, where direct support was already considered a profession, which would shape the direction of the rest of her career to date.

After graduate school, she worked with people with a variety of disabilities including individuals with psychiatric disabilities, intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain injuries, physical disabilities, criminal offenders and children with emotional and behavior issues.

In her role at the Institute on Community Integration, the primary focus of her work is in the area of technology services and using technology to effectively communicate the work done at ICI and the RTC/CL as well as to impact best practices in the direct support workforce. Current technology interests include the use of data visualization to communicate complex research concepts to a wide variety of audiences.



National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)

Provides national leadership in designing and building educational assessments and accountability systems that appropriately monitor educational results.


Minneapolis Somali Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence Project [Archived]

Studies the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) among children in Minneapolis to determine whether children of Somali descent have higher rates of ASD than non-Somali children. The…


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…



Offers a suite of competency-based, online curricula for professionals providing services to people with intellectual, developmental, physical, and psychiatric disabilities, and to older adults....


Minnesota Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (MN-ADDM)

Participates in a national network that increases knowledge about the population of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities in the U.S., comparing how…


New York Direct Support Professional (DSP) Credentialing Program Implementation Study [Archived]

Aims to gauge the workforce development issues for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) in the state of New York through multi-method analysis. The 2014 New York legislative assembly requested that…


MN Act Early Project

Develops and expands on the MN Help Me Grow and the Institute's Act Early work in culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Act Early is building a national network of agencies,…


Assessments of Students with Significant Disabilities: A Russia-U.S. Partnership (UPP) [Archived]

Establishes a partnership between the University of Minnesota (UMN) and Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University (KSPU), Russia, to develop and evaluate a system of formative assessment suited for…


Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on HCBS 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…


Twin Cities and Zambia Disability Connection (2016-18) [Archived]

Builds upon the earlier work of Twin Cities and Zambia Disability Connection (2008-2009), expanding and developing knowledge of disability services and supports across academic, provider, and…


TIES Center: Increasing Time, Instructional Effectiveness, Engagement, and State Support for Inclusive Practices for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Creates sustainable changes in school and district educational systems so that students with significant cognitive disabilities can fully engage in the same instructional and non-instructional…


Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)

Conducts a wide range of research, training, and technical assistance and dissemination projects related to community supports under its center grant and related project funding. The RTC-CL is…


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…


QualityMall.org Web Site on Person-Centered Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

Provides resources and information on leading-edge, person-centered supports for use by individuals with disabilities, families, advocates, government officials, and service providers, in a wide…


Reinventing Quality: A Biennial Conference on Person-Centered Supports

Showcases best practices in person-centered supports from across the nation. This conference is held every two years.


Twin Cities and Zambia Disability Connection (2008-2009) [Archived]

Provided advanced leadership training in disability advocacy, policy, and services for a delegation of nine government officials, missionaries, educators, and advocates from Zambia in southern…


Technical Assistance and Consultation to the Association of Positive Behavior Support

Provides expert consultation on intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to the Association of Positive Behavior Support (APBS). This includes the development of technical assistance…


State of the Science: Theories, Concepts, and Evidence Guiding Policy and Practice in Community Living and Participation for People with Intellectual Disabilities

A set of online video presentations from the July 2012 conference, State of the Science: Outcomes for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Experts in…

Published: 2013

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

Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL) Website

A website presenting the Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL), a center that conducts a wide range of research, training, and technical assistance and dissemination projects...

Published: 2014

Institute on Community Integration (ICI) Website

A website presenting the Institute on Community Integration (ICI), a federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD - pronounced U Said), part of a...

Published: 2000

Rehabilitation and Research Training Center on Outcome Measurement (RTC-OM) Website

A website presenting the Rehabilitation and Research Training Center on Outcome Measurement, which evaluates measures of the quality of life experienced by people with disabilities as a result of...

Published: 2017

Policy Research Brief: Employment First: An Update on National Progress

A brief providing a progress update on the Employment First field. Employment First identifies employment as the preferred outcome for people with disabilities and encourages those supporting…

Published: 2018

Frontline Initiative: Making a Career in Direct Support

This issue of Frontline Initiative is about making a career in direct support. Direct support professionals (DSPs) report on why and how they have accomplished this. People supported and their…

Published: 9/21/2020

Frontline Initiative: Self-Care for DSPs

A newsletter issue promoting self-care for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). To assist the people they support, DSPs must also take care of their own needs, health, and wellness. Incorporating…

Published: 2019

Frontline Initiative: Supporting Healthy Relationships

This issue of Frontline Initiative focuses on developing awareness, knowledge, and skills for supporting healthy relationships. It also includes information about tools and resources that direct...

Published: 2020

Positive Supports Minnesota

A website presenting Positive Supports Minnesota, an organization promoting positive supports, which are approaches to help people using a variety of proven support strategies that do not include...

Published: 2019-01-01