Katherine McDonald to receive intellectual disabilities scholar award

May 11, 2012

Katherine McDonald, Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics assistant professor and Burton Blatt Institute faculty fellow, and Erin Stack, a graduate student at Portland State University, have been selected to receive the Tosinvest-San Raffaele Group Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities Scholar’s Award from the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID).

The award recognizes McDonald and Stack for their review paper on action research with adults with developmental disabilities. The paper relates to an evaluation McDonald is conducting on the use of action research with adults with developmental disabilities to study experiences and consequences of violence. Stack is a graduate research assistant on the evaluation that began while McDonald was a faculty member at Portland State University. McDonald joined SU in 2011. They will present the paper at the IASSID World Congress in Halifax, Canada in July, and it will be given special consideration for publication in the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities.

The award, associated with the 14th World Congress of IASSID, is presented to the author(s) of a review paper judged as outstanding in its content and analysis in the area of policy or practice and intellectual or developmental disabilities and development of a topic heretofore not fully explored. McDonald and Stack’s paper is entitled, Nothing About Us Without Us: Does Action Research in Developmental Disabilities Research Measure Up? The paper examines how well 20 action research projects (research that brings academics and community members into equal partnership to conduct research) with adults with developmental disabilities reflect core action research principles.

McDonald and Stack identified common challenges, facilitators, and indicators of success described by authors and found that relatively few projects can be classified as high on the continuum of shared power.