Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)
  • Director, Community Living and Employment
  • Co-Director, Research and Training Center on Community Living
Email
bers0017@umn.edu

Dr. Bershadsky has more than a decade of professional experience in the design of research and analysis of demonstration projects of national significance in support of people with disabilities. Her professional background and training include health services research, public health, and statistics.  Dr. Bershadsky has expertise in supporting organizations to analyze, improve, and monitor the delivery and outcomes of services and supports for people with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities. Prior to joining ICI, she served as the senior director, lead methodologist and analyst for the National Core Indicators–Aging and Disabilities (NCI-AD) program, a multi-state, multi-partner collaboration that measures performance of publicly-funded programs for older adults and adults with disabilities across participating states, as well as lead methodologist and analyst for the National Core Indicators (NCI) program.

Projects

Project

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…

Project

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

Correlates of Everyday Choice and Support-Related Choice for 8,892 Randomly Sampled Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in 19 States

This article examines everyday choices made by 8,892 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and support-related choices made by 6,179 adults with IDD receiving services from…

Published: 2012

Policy Research Brief: The Direct Support Workforce and COVID-19: Low Wages and Racial Disparities

A brief reporting findings from a recent study exploring direct support professionals (DSPs) providing support during the COVID-19 pandemic confirmed the critical shortage of DSPs supporting people…

Published: June 2021

Place of residence and preventive health care for intellectual and developmental disabilities services recipients in 20 states

Objective. We identified trends in the receipt of preventive health care by adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities by type of residential setting. Methods. We used data from the…

Published: 2012

Policy Forum: The Direct Support Workforce and COVID-19: Work Life and Wage Augmentation (#2)

This Policy Forum addresses work life and wage augmentation in the direct support workforce, revealed in a survey of approximately 9,000 DSPs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published: 8/17/2021

Policy Forum: The Direct Support Workforce and COVID-19: Low Wages and Racial Disparities (#1)

This Policy Forum addresses low wages and racial disparities in the direct support workforce, revealed in a survey of approximately 9,000 DSPs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published: 6/17/2021

The Direct Support Workforce and COVID-19 National Report: Six-Month Follow-up

Reports on the findings of a survey—conducted by ICI in partnership with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals—of approximately 9,000 direct support professionals (DSPs) from…

Published: 2021-04-02