Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)
  • Director, Community Living and Employment
  • Research Associate
Email
bers0017@umn.edu
Phone
+1 612-624-7322
Address
Institute On Community Integration
Masonic Institute For The Developing Brain [map]
2025 E River Pkwy
Room 1-337
Minneapolis, MN 55414-3604

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

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NY OPWDD Direct Support Workforce Investments Evaluation

ICI is conducting formative and summative evaluations of several DSP Workforce development program initiatives funded by OPWDD. Formative evaluation will track and report on program implementation …

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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 …

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Implementing ES-Coach to Support Provider Capacity-Building and Development

Uses smartphone technology to reduce the gap between training and field-based implementation of best and evidence-based practice. ES-Coach is a web and smartphone-based tool that collects daily …

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Go MN!

The Go MN! project is led by MN DEED. The project addresses people with disabilities in or contemplating subminimum wage work settings and offers them opportunities to explore careers in transporta…

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Implementing ES-Coach to Support Provider Capacity Building and Development

ES-Coach is a web- and smartphone-based tool that collects daily data on supports and provides feedback to employment consultants, managers, and their teams in real time, helping them to reflect, …

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Spina Bifida and Muscular Dystrophy Prevalence Project

There is only limited data about the prevalence of Spina Bifida (SB) and Muscular Dystrophy (MD) in the United States. Using publicly-available data sets and/or other data sources, this project …

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Direct Support Workforce Solutions

Direct Support Workforce Solutions is a national consulting group addressing the workforce needs of organizations providing community-based supports for individuals with disabilities. Drawing on …

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Minnesota Transformation Initiative Technical Assistant Center (MTI)

ICI and the University of Massachusetts Boston are collaboratively designing, implementing, and evaluating the Minnesota Transformation Initiative Technical Assistance Center (MTI). MTI supports …

Products

Maryland Intentional Overtime and Credentialing Programs Comprehensive Evaluation

Effective support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities relies on the presence of competent, qualified, and dedicated direct support staff. In Maryland, several provider …

Published: 2023

Using the Independent Monitoring for Quality Program to Examine Longitudinal Outcomes for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The purpose of this study is to lay a foundation for illustrating the importance of longitudinal data collection by sharing the results of the Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q) program in …

Published: 2023

Current Services and Outcomes of Formerly Institutionalised and Never-institutionalised US Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Propensity Score Matching Analysis

Background : Deinstitutionalization research shows better services and outcomes relative to institutional life but has not compared formerly institutionalised and never-institutionalised service …

Published: 2023

Policy Research Brief: The Direct Support Workforce and COVID-19: Vaccinations

This brief contains findings from a recent study of COVID-19 and vaccination rates among DSPs. Conducted by ICI and the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals, the study showed signific…

Published: October 2021

Examining Choice and Control for People With IDD Over Time

Choice making is an important aspect of everyone’s life in terms of fully becoming an adult within a democratic society. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are at risk …

Published: 2023

Policy Forum: The Employment Impacts of Being a Family Caregiver

This Policy Forum, held on March 22, 2024, discusses the recent Policy Research Brief titled, The Employment Impacts of Being a Family Caregiver . Discussants include ICI's Lynda Lahti Anderson; …

Published: 3/22/2024

Community Participation and Staying Home if You Want: US Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Background: Requiring adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to go on community outings with co-residents and staff is contrary to community-living policy's focus on person …

Published: 2022

Policy Research Brief: The Employment Impacts of Being a Family Caregiver

Family members play essential roles in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including providing medical, emotional, financial, and day-to-day support. Family …

Published: September 2023

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

The Direct Support Workforce: An Examination of Direct Support Professionals and Frontline Supervisors During COVID-19

Direct support professionals (DSPs) and frontline supervisors (FLSs) have critical roles in home and community-based services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Low wages …

Published: 2023

Policy Research Brief: Adults with IDD are Given More Medications than the Rest of the Population

The term polypharmacy refers to taking five or more medicines. Each state might define polypharmacy in different ways, including how many medicines a person must be taking to be considered overmedi…

Published: September 2023

Research and Training Center on Community Living: Summaries of Research Studies 2018-2023

The Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (RTC-CL) at the University of Minnesota has engaged in research, …

Published: 2023

Impact: Feature Issue on Engaging Communities Underrepresented in Disability Research

What, exactly, is cultural competence in a research context? How do people with disabilities from historically marginalized communities learn about job opportunities and how can we get information …

Published: Winter 2022-23

Direct Support Professional and Frontline Supervisor Perspectives on Work-Life in a Pandemic 

Direct support professionals (DSPs) and frontline supervisors (FLSs) play an invaluable role in delivering home and community-based services to people with intellectual and developmental disabiliti…

Published: 12/1/2022

Policy Forum: Overrepresentation of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Moving Between Large State-run Institutions and the Criminal Legal System

This Policy Forum from February 14, 2023 discussed the Policy Research Brief titled, Overrepresentation of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Moving Between Large State-run …

Published: 2/14/2023

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 …

Published: June 2021

Community Employment, Facility-based Work, and Day Activities for Working Age People with Intellectual and Developmental Disability

Background: Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) participate in a variety of day/employment activities including community-based activities and work and facility-based …

Published: 2022

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: Are Large Institutions for People with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities a Thing of the Past?

This Policy Forum from June 23, 2022 discusses the recent Policy Research Brief titled, Are Large Institutions for People with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities a Thing of the Past? …

Published: 6/23/2022

Policy Research Brief: Wage Compression Among Direct Support Professionals

This brief contains findings from a recent study exploring direct support professionals (DSPs) providing support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities during the COVID-19 …

Published: December 2021

Policy Research Brief: Representation of Direct Support Workers in Popular Media

Mainstream media does not use consistent language to talk about the role of direct support workers. This inconsistency makes it difficult to communicate the value and complexity of the direct …

Published: September 2023

Using the Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q) Program to Examine Employment in Integrated Settings in the Community for People with IDD over Time

Background : Community-based employment is a key step for many adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), a group prone to high unemployment, poverty, and dependency. It is …

Published: 2023

Policy Forum: The Direct Support Workforce and COVID-19: Work Life and Wage Augmentation

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: Most People with IDD Getting Long-term Supports Live with a Family Member

This Policy Forum from November 1, 2022 discusses the recent Policy Research Brief titled, Most People with IDD Getting Long-term Supports Live with a Family Member . Slides from the presentation …

Published: 11/1/2022

Policy Research Brief: State IDD Agencies’ Views on Self-Directed Services

Self-direction allows people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to control most aspects of their home- and community-based services. Other names that states use for self- …

Published: September 2023

Policy Research Brief: How Much Do Direct Support Professionals Make? Putting Wages In Context

This brief uses publicly available data from the National Core Indicators® (NCI)-IDD Staff Stability Survey to compare wages of direct support professionals (DSPs) to what people earn in other …

Published: March 2022

Direct Support Professionals and COVID-19 Vaccination: A Comparison of Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Direct Support Professionals

Direct support professionals (DSPs) may be at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the proximal nature of their work. In response to the pandemic a three-wave study was launched to …

Published: 2023

Policy Forum: Institutional Bias in Long-Term Services and Supports for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

This Policy Forum from October 3, 2023 discussed the Policy Research Brief titled, Institutional Bias in Long-Term Services and Supports for People with IDD . Slides from the presentation are …

Published: 10/3/2023

State of the Science Conference 2022

The "2022 State of the Science Conference on Community Living: Engaging persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities from underserved racial, ethnic, linguistic, and cultural groups in …

Published: September 2022

Policy Forum: Policy Forum: How Much Do Direct Support Professionals Make? Putting Wages In Context

Low wages are a major factor contributing to the direct support workforce crisis. This recording of the Policy Forum held on April 6, 2022 discusses the recent Policy Research Brief , which …

Published: 4/12/2022

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

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

How Did Employment Consultants Adjust and Innovate Services to Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Background: The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic forced an immediate change to the delivery of employment supports and services for jobseekers and workers with intellectual and developmental disabili…

Published: 2023

Policy Forum: Predictors of Annual Turnover Among Direct Support Professionals

This Policy Forum addresses predictors of annual turnover among direct support professionals, using data from the National Core Indicators (NCI) Staff Stability Survey.

Published: 10/07/2021

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