Kent State University

Kent State University

Research Study #4: Cognitive Support Technology for Postsecondary Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Randomized Control Trial at the Intervention Efficacy Stage of Research

Jian Li, Ph.D.

Jian Li, Ph.D.: Kent State

Jian received her Ph.D. in Quantitative Research, Evaluation, and Measurement from The Ohio State University in 2010. Before her appointment to the Research, Measurement and Statistics program at Kent State University, she worked as a research associate in the Evaluation Research Program at WestEd, a research organization stationed in California, where her responsibilities included developing and implementing research design, assessing instruments’ psychometric properties, and conducting first-hand and secondary analysis of large-scale databases. Her general research interests focus on methodological issues when quantitative statistical methods are applied to data that either have complex structures or are not perfect. She frequently uses hierarchical linear modeling, structural equation modeling, and advanced experimental and quasi-experimental designs such as randomized controlled trials, propensity score matching, regression discontinuity design, and interrupted time series. The second focus of her research is the application of statistical techniques in answering substantive research questions. She is interested in assessing how physical and psychological health can affect human behavior, particularly in the populations with disabilities or vulnerabilities. She has served as a Co-PI or a statistician on projects funded by National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, Institute of Education Sciences, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, and State agencies..

Phillip Rumrill, Ph.D.

Phillip Rumrill, Ph.D., CRC

Phillip Rumrill, Ph.D., CRC, is a Professor and Coordinator of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program and Director of the Center for Disability Studies at Kent State University in Ohio. He is also the Founding Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Employment Assistance Service, which provides vocational services and supports to people with multiple sclerosis across the United States. Since completing his doctorate in 1993, Dr. Rumrill has authored approximately 400 professional publications, including 16 commercially published books. Dr. Rumrill's research interests focus on issues in education and employment for people with disabilities, including workplace discrimination, implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, on-the-job accommodations, and employment outcomes for people with chronic illnesses. Dr. Rumrill has received honors and recognition for his work from such organizations as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the National TRIO Foundation, the International Organization of Social Science and Behavioral Research, and the National Federation of the Blind. He has received distinguished career awards from Kent State University, the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, and the National Council on Rehabilitation Education. As a person with a significant disability (blindness) and a former Vocational Rehabilitation consumer, Dr. Rumrill has a personal as well as a professional interest in issues facing people with disabilities in all aspects of society. Accordingly, his teaching, research, program development, administrative, and clinical activities are imbued with the ideals of inclusion, equality of opportunity, and consumer choice that have brought him success in his own career.