University of Minnesota
  • Researcher
Email
gunty004@umn.edu
Phone
+1 612-624-7668
Address
Inst on Community Integration
Room 212A PtH [map]
150 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Amy Gunty is a researcher in the Institute on Community Integration and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Family Social Science. She has worked with children and families for over 20 years, 15 of which she has spent supporting children with developmental disabilities or emotional and behavioral disorders and their families. During this time, she has fulfilled many roles, including preschool teacher, direct support professional, case manager, individual and family therapist, and day treatment clinician.

As a researcher, she has particular interest in enhancing the ways that medical, mental and behavioral health, and disability service systems can best support the individuals and families for whom they provide care. Currently, this work falls into three main categories:

  1. Mixed-methods research that aims to better understand services and supports that allow people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to live and work in their communities;
  2. Work that utilizes primarily advanced quantitative methods (e.g., LPA/LCA, SEM, HLM/LME) to investigate ways to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of intervention; and
  3. Studies leveraging advanced qualitative methodologies (e.g., ethnography, hermeneutic phenomenology) to better understand the interplay between the provider-patient relationship and the way patients experience their illnesses, injuries, and disabilities.

Her lecturing currently focuses on presenting workshops and courses that make the science of well-being (Positive Psychology) accessible and actionable. She provides these workshops and courses for multiple audiences within and outside the University of Minnesota. Topics covered include resilience, hope, optimism, positivity, and character strengths, among others. Her presentations on gratitude, in particular, have been popular with many different organizations.

Her consulting focuses primarily on enhancing family support. She works directly with families, with schools, and with organizations that are working to be more inclusive in their practices. Her goal is to provide strategies and equipment that are (or can be) personalized to best support each individual and family (e.g., https://mcm.org/accessibility).

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Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Projects

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PROMISE Technical Assistance Center

Implements and completes the evaluation activities for the AUCD PROMISE (Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) Technical Assistance Center, including evaluation…

Project

ThinkWork: Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment with IDD

Defines an evidence-based integrated model for employment support of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (IDD) that incorporates research and practice on effective practices and includes…

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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…

Products

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

Bringing Employment First to Scale: Supports Planning

A brief for employment consultants and employment support professionals, offering them practical advice on how to plan supports for job seekers with disabilities. Supports planning is one of the…

Published: 5/7/2020

Bringing Employment First to Scale: Finding Tasks and Jobs

A brief for employment consultants and employment support professionals, offering them practical advice on how to find tasks and jobs for job seekers with disabilities. Finding tasks and jobs is...

Published: 5/7/2020

Bringing Employment First to Scale: Support After Hire

A brief for employment consultants and employment support professionals, offering them practical advice on how to support employees with disabilities after hire. Support after hire is one of the…

Published: 5/7/2020

Moving Ahead with PROMISE: Lessons Learned from Six Model Demonstration Projects Through the Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income Project

This report from ICI and partners documents lessons learned from model demonstrations projects (MDPs) nationwide who tested an intervention for support transition-age youth who receive Supplemental...

Published: 2/13/2020