• Director of State Initiatives
+1 612-301-2545
Inst on Community Integration
Room 214D PtH [map]
150 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Rachel Freeman is the Director of State Initiatives for the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Freeman has been actively involved in positive behavior support (PBS), statewide technical assistance systems for evidence-based practices, evaluation design and implementation, and person-centered practices for over 25 years. She conducts research and provides consultation and technical assistance at the state, regional, and local levels to teams implementing PBS and other practices within intellectual and developmental disability organizations, education, juvenile justice, and mental health systems. Dr. Freeman has served as both a full and ex-officio member of the board of directors for the Association for Positive Behavior Support for over ten years and as president for three years. Her research interests include implementation factors associated with research to practice, PBS, physiological and biochemical factors related to problem behavior, online instructional systems, and interagency systems change.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)



Minnesota DHS Systems Change and Capacity Building Through Research, Training, and Technical Assistance Projects

Conducts research, training and technical assistance activities that enhance Minnesota's capacity to support community living for individuals with disabilities and/or mental illness. Primary areas…


Using Check & Connect to Improve Graduation Rates in Minnesota for Black and American Indian Students with Disabilities

Uses the Check & Connect model developed by ICI to improve graduation rates in Minnesota for Black and American Indian students with disabilities. Check & Connect is a comprehensive intervention…


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…


Impact: Feature Issue on Person-Centered Positive Supports and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

An issue in the newly-redesigned Impact series that shares articles from around the country describing how person-centered positive supports use evidence-based practices in the service of the…

Published: Summer 2016

Putting the pieces together: Perceptions of longitudinal wraparound, systems of care, and Positive Behavior Support implementation

Positive Behavior Support (PBS) was introduced to community-based providers in Kansas in 2012 in response to a federally funded initiative to reduce the placement of youth in psychiatric…

Published: 2019-03-25

Adapting positive behavioural support technical assistance strategies to the 'new normal' emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic

This paper discusses strategies to deliver person-centered, positive behavior supports that were employed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published: 2020-11-01


  • Community life
    • Person-centered planning and practices
      • Positive behavior support
        • Quality outcomes
        • Education practices (K12 and transition)
          • Family engagement
            • Positive behavior support
              • Transition planning
              • Housing and residential services
                • Community group residential
                  • Family supports/in-home services