1989 …2020

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Research interests

My work includes evaluation, policy, survey and intervention research; secondary analysis of large data sets; research synthesis on access to health care, disability statistics, direct support worker stability and quality assurance; and studies of deinstitutionalization and community services for people with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD). My current projects include a longitudinal study of active support (an intervention to improve the quality of life for people with IDD living in group homes), a longitudinal study of elements of health care coordination associated with better health outcomes for adults with physical disabilities, two projects of national significance to collect and report on the status of each state in regard to deinstitutionalization, community services and supports and family services and supports, research on wellness interventions for adults with IDD who cannot read, and technical assistant to help states track the characteristics of and outcomes for people who provide direct support to people with various disabilities. My work has focused on translating research findings into action in the following areas: • Deinstitutionalization: people with IDD have better lives if they live in their own homes or with family members rather than in institutions, • Strategies to improve the quality of supports people with IDD who get government funded services, and • Strategies to help community human services agencies reduce turnover, improve staff satisfaction and improve the skills of their supervisors and direct support staff. Research Areas: Community supports and services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (including related conditions such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy); disability statistics and surveillance, large data set analyses (OSCAR, NHIS-D), direct support workers and frontline supervisor recruitment, retention and training; active support interventions, health care access, coordination and prevention of secondary conditions, physical activity and nutrition, Medicaid long-term supports and services for people with disabilities.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Minnesota

Award Date: Jul 31 1997

MA, University of Minnesota

Award Date: May 31 1989

Research interests

  • medicaid
  • deinstitutionalization
  • people with intellectual disabilities
  • staff recruitment
  • long term supports and services
  • staff turnover

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Research Output

  • 1 Scopus citations

    In-home and residential long-term supports and services for persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities: Status and trends through 2015

    Larson, S. A., Eschenbacher, H., Lahti Anderson, L. L., Taylor, B., Pettingell, S. L., Hewitt, A. S., Sowers, M. & Bourne, M. L., Nov 2017, FY 2015 ed. Minneapolis. 267 p. (In-home and residential long-term supports and services for persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Responsiveness to self-report interview questions by adults with intellectual and developmental disability

    Stancliffe, R. J., Tichá, R., Larson, S. A., Hewitt, A. S. & Nord, D., Jan 1 2015, In : Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 53, 3, p. 163-181 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 15 Scopus citations

    Community support services workforce in the US

    Larson, S. A., 2015, Public administration and disability: Community Services Administration in the US: Community Services Administration in the US. Racino, J. (ed.). Boca Raton: CRC-Taylor & Francis, p. 235 21 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    1 Scopus citations


    • 2 Membership of board
    • 2 Membership of committee

    Administration on Community Living (External organization)

    Jennifer Johnson (Chair), Sheryl A Larson (Member)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    The Arc of Minnesota (External organization)

    Sheryl A Larson (Member)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of board

    No Place Like Home (External organization)

    Sheryl A Larson (Member)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of board

    American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (External organization)

    Sheryl A Larson (Chair)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    Fellowships, Honors, and Prizes