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McNair Scholar 2010Jane Elizabeth Jones

Jane Elizabeth Jones is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, double majoring in child psychology and family social science. Her research interests revolve around quantifying verbal and emotional abuse in children leading to a clear line of demarcation that will warrant child protection involvement, as well as creating an elementary school model that will eradicate peer bullying. Ms. Jones plans to earn her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota where she will pursue research and teach.

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My dream is for no child to lose their spirit due to a parent who emotionally and verbally abuses them. After quantifying the abuse allowing for child protection services intervention, I plan to reach a national audience through orating and extensive writing.

Research project

MN Health Care Coordination Study for Individuals with Physical Disabilities

Abstract: Background: Individuals with physical disabilities (PD) encounter challenges to obtaining well-coordinated, comprehensive, and accessible health care. Objective: To develop the first Health Care Coordination (HCC) model containing critical elements that are empirically linked to increased access and quality care, decreased costs, and improved health outcomes for consumers with PD. Methods: As part of phase 2, stakeholders in Minnesota with PD identified critical characteristics of effective care coordination (CC). Responses were analyzed and categorized by staff into four domains. The consumers ranked and weighted the elements and corresponding domains culminating in a preliminary HCC model consisting of elements deemed critical to its success by stakeholders with PD. Results: Critical elements to CC as identified by the PPDM groups were development of personal relationships, frequent health status monitoring, communication with doctor, and linkages to information and services. Discussion: Phase 2 of the multiphase project will culminate into the first HCC model created via input from health care administrators/supervisor, CC, consumers with PD, and their guardians. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Dr. Brian Abery is currently the coordinator of school-age services at the Institute for Community Integration (ICI), a research Associate in the RRTC on Community Living and Employment, and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Abery received his Ph.D. in educational psychology/family social science at the University of Minnesota. He has been a principal investigator and director for numerous federal projects funded through OSERS, NIDRR, and private foundations designed to promote care coordination, person-centered planning, and the self-determination of persons with disabilities. Dr. Abery has published journal articles, technical reports, books, and products on the topics of person-centered planning, self-determination, and residential services, as well as presented at numerous national conferences.