Translating Evidence to Support Transitions (TEST)

PI: Marsha Ellison, PhD

Co Investigators: Maryann Davis, PhD, Sloan Huckabee, PhD, Deanne Unruh, PhD, Catherine Fowler, PhD, David Test, PhD, Joann Starks, MEd, Mary Wagner, PhD

UMMS Project Personnel: Laura Golden, BA, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, B.A.

Project Partners: The American Institutes for Research (AIR), the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT), and SRI International

Time Frame: 9/29/2015 - 9/28/2020

Funded By: The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR; grant number 90DP0080-01-00). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  

Description:
The goal of the newly funded Translating Evidence to Support Transitions (TEST) grant is to increase the use and adoption of research-based best practices in transition planning services for high school students with EBD receiving special education services.  Outcomes from TEST include the development of guides and curricula for practicing and implementing best practices in transition planning for students with EBD. We anticipate wide scale adoption and use of TEST practices by special education transition teams across the US, which will in turn improve employment and education outcomes for this vulnerable group.  All TEST activities will be built on an implementation science framework and guided by knowledge translation principles.  Over the five year project timeline, data and feedback will be collected at each step in order to continually improve TEST materials.

Related Products and Materials

Practice Guides

Supporting Student-Led Transition Planning for Students with Emotional Behavioral Disturbance
December 2018
Kathleen Biebel, Laura Golden, Sloan Huckabee, Marsha Langer Ellison
Incorporating Career and Technical Education in Transition Planning for Students with Emotional Behavioral Disturbance
December 2018
Marsha Langer Ellison, Sloan Huckabee, Laura Golden, Kathleen Biebel
Partnering with Community Agencies in Transition Planning for Students with Emotional Behavioral Disturbance
December 2018
Sloan Huckabee, Laura Golden, Marsha Langer Ellison, Kathleen Biebel

Presentations

TEST - Translating Evidence to Support Transitions: Improving Outcomes of Youth in Transition with Psychiatric Disabilities by Use and Adoption of Best Practice Transition Planning 1
April 4, 2019 | NARRTC Conference
Marsha Ellison & Catherine Fowler (NTACT)
TEST - Translating Evidence to Support Transitions: Improving Outcomes of Youth in Transition with Psychiatric Disabilities by Use and Adoption of Best Practice Transition Planning 2
May 2019 | Capacity Building Institute (CBI) Conference
Sloan Smith (formerly Huckabee), Marsha Langer Ellison, Deanne Unruh (NTACT), Alycia M. Trakas, Missy Wrigley, Roberta Lucas

Webcasts

Research to Practice in the NIDILRR Community: Translating Evidence to Support Transitions
March 2018
Kathleen Biebel
Research to Practice in the NIDILRR Community: TEST Project
May 2017
Sloan Huckabee
Creating Career Pathways for Youth with Mental Health Conditions
February 2016
Marsha Langer Ellison & Sandra Miller

Research in the Works

Improving the Outcomes of Transition Age Youth with Psychiatric Disabilities through the Adoption and Use of Best Practice Transition Planning
December, 2015
Lauren Davis, Kathleen Biebel, Marsha Ellison, Sloan Huckabee, & Laura Golden

News Article

New grant to help teens with psychiatric disabilities become successful adults
February 17, 2016
UMassMedNow - Sandra Grey, UMass Medical School Communications