Institute on Disabilities at Temple University


Research on Health

The Institute currently targets three main areas in health-related research:

  • Health promotion for persons with disabilities, particularly developmental disabilities;
  • Access to care for persons with all kinds of disabilities
  • Effects on health and well-being of family members and burden of care for those who support persons with disabilities

In studying access to care, we recently completed an externally-funded study comparing healthcare access and satisfaction of persons with and without disabilities who were all covered under the Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program, known as “HealthChoices.” Also, a developing program in health promotion is exploring attitudes and values of persons with disabilities towards wellness and prevention of secondary conditions, as well as designing and evaluating fitness and nutrition programs to benefit persons with developmental disabilities. In the area of health research, as in our other research initiatives, the Institute is strongly committed to implementing principles of community-based participatory research for all aspects.

Institute on Disabilities' Investigators, Staff and Collaborators

Diane Bryen, PhD
Guy Caruso, PhD
Elizabeth Gibbons, EdD
Rachel Gold, Med


Satisfaction Reported by Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance Program Enrollees With and Without Disab Association of University Centers on Disabilities Annual Meeting ,Washington DC November, 2007

LifeFit for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities: A New Clinical Intervention Association of University Centers on Disabilities Annual Meeting Washington DC November, 2007

A Clinical Intervention for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, National Prevention and Health Promotion Summit: Creating a Culture of Wellness Washington DC, November, 2007

Final report to the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council for Grant # 4100027247: Evaluating the Health Choices Program: Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance Program for Persons with Disabilities. 2007.
Please contact Mary Segal at for a copy of this report.

Segal, M, Gibbons, E. Caruso, G. (2008) “Satisfaction with a Medical Assistance program reported by persons with and without disabilities.” Submitted for publication,

Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education and Human Development
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service