This study examines predictors of employment outcomes for individuals with psychiatric disabilities using secondary analyses of two large datasets. The first dataset consists of data from a multisite randomized controlled trial, the Mental Health Treatment Study, which compared usual services to a comprehensive evidence-based mental health and IPS supported employment approach to helping Social Security Disability Insurance beneficiaries gain employment. The second dataset consists of data from six randomized controlled trials comparing the effects of combining cognitive remediation and vocational rehabilitation to vocational rehabilitation alone. Our hypotheses are: 1) client background characteristics are less predictive of employment outcomes among participants receiving supported employment than among participants not receiving supported employment, and 2) client cognitive functioning is less predictive of employment outcomes in vocational rehabilitation when cognitive remediation is also provided than when it is not. This study is being conducted under a subcontract to the IPS Employment Center, Rockville Institute, Westat as part of a research and training center grant awarded to Boston University.

Project Team

Gary R. Bond, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

Robert E. Drake, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Investigator

Susan McGurk, Ph.D., Co-Investigator (Boston University)

Justin Metcalfe, Ph.D., Research Assistant

Project Period: 10/1/14-9/30/19

Funding: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)