Youth with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) face substantial barriers to economic independence in transitioning to adult life. The barriers are related to their health status, social isolation, service needs, and potential loss of disability benefits.
- Survey design, implementation, and oversight
- Studies that survey vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations, such as low-income families, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities
- Provides technical assistance on random assignment procedures and protocols
- Training and Re-employment
- Youth Employment
- Human Services
Karen CyBulski has expertise in survey design, implementation, and oversight. She manages and a range of multimode survey activities, including web, mail, and computer-assisted telephone interviewing. She also provides quality assurance as well as technical assistance on random assignment procedures and protocols.
Currently, she serves as the project director for the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, an annual survey of approximately 17,000 substance abuse treatment facilities in the United States and its territories. CyBulski is also the survey director for a project for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers, which is examining individual-level characteristics related to employment among individuals with disabilities. As survey director for the Youth Transition Demonstration, she oversees the design and data collection of baseline, 12-month, and 36-month surveys and provides technical oversight for survey collection and administration of this project to help young people with disabilities transition from school to work.
Before joining Mathematica in 1995, CyBulski served as a project manager for the Alcohol Research Center at Rutgers University and was a research associate for the Obesity Research Center at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York, NY. She has published widely in the survey and methods literature and presents at many professional conferences. She is president of the New Jersey chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and has been named in Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare. CyBulski holds an M.S. in psychology-behavioral neuroscience from Rutgers University.
Evaluation of the Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income PROMISE Grants
Youth Transition Demonstration: Helping Youth with Disabilities Become Employed
In September 2005, the Social Security Administration (SSA) awarded Mathematica a nine-year contract to evaluate the Youth Transition Demonstration (YTD) projects, designed to help youth with disabilities maximize their economic self-sufficiency as they move from school to work.