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About John Kramer

John joined the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) in 2008. He is currently the project lead for the Individuals and Families and Knowledge Translation strand of the RRTC on Advancing Employment project. He is currently the Knowledge Translation manager for ThinkWork. He manages and organizes the dissemination efforts of ThinkWork projects that target audiences including government agency personnel, community rehabilitation providers and other disability organizations, families, researchers and individuals with disabilities.  He is currently working on the state systems research and evaluation team. John's work at the ICI has included the Employment First Florida project and the State Employment Leadership Network. From 2011-2012, he was awarded a Switzer research fellowship from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Funded by this fellowship, he examined the roles that siblings play in supporting employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. John earned his PhD in disability studies while working in the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His dissertation was on the mutual support roles between siblings and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. John co-founded the Sibling Leadership Network. This network connects brothers and sisters of people with intellectual disabilities, siblings with intellectual disabilities, and professionals interested in policy, services, and research related to siblings and disability. John also co-founded the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network (MSSN) and Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters, both statewide advocacy groups. He represents the MSSN in the workgroup "MA21-Implementing a 21st-Century Disability Policy." John also served on the Department of Developmental Services Citizen Advisory Board for Central Middlesex County in Massachusetts.
Phone: 617-287-4369


April 2016 - Present Lecturer, Boston University ‐ Occupational Therapy
August 2008 - Present Knowledge Translation Manager and Research Associate, University of Massachusetts Boston

Curriculum Vitae


2014 - Present Family and Systems Interactions Study
National Institute for Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research - # H133B140026
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Role: Project Lead, Family and Systems Interactions Study
Colleague(s): Jaimie Timmons, John Shepard, Jennifer Bose
2011 - 2012 Sibling Connections to Employment: The Role of Adult Siblings of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Supporting the Competitive Employment of Their Brothers and Sisters
National Institute for Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research - H133F110018
Mary E. Switzer Research Fellowship
Role: Principle Investigator
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Honors and Awards

  • January, 2012 to December, 2012 Primary Investigator, Sibling Connections to Employment Study, Mary E. Switzer Research Fellowship, Grant ##H133F110018, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA.


  • School for Global Inclusion and Social Development 618: Introduction to Disability Studies
  • SAR OT 940 OL Social, Economic, and Political Factors that Influence Occupational Therapy Practice Boston University


2002 - 2009 Ph.D., The University of Illinois at Chicago ‐ Disability and Human Development
2000 - 2002 A.M., University of Chicago ‐ MAPSS
1996 - 2000 BA, Lyon College ‐ Psychology

Recent Works (10)

Most recent publications from Dr. Kramer

Peer Reviewed Publications (5)

Other Publications (1)

Conference Presentations (6)

Poster presentations and slides from panel presentations