My research to date has comprised three interest areas: quality of life, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and psychometric measurement theory. In addition, I am interested in maternal and child health concerns and disability policy.
Ph.D., Social Work
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, MN, 2015
Minor: Quantitative Methods in Education, Department of Psychology
Certificate: Disability Policy
Master of Arts, Social Work
University of Chicago, Social of Social Service Administration, Chicago, IL, 1995
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, 1993
Minors: Biology and Music
School of Social Work Dissertation Proposal Award (2013)
Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (2011–2012)
Association of University Centers on Disabilities – Training Scholarship (2011)
Maternal and Child Health Trainee (1993–1995)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Augsburg College, Social Work Department Minneapolis, MN, 2014–2015
Adjunct Professor, St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas, School of Social Work St. Paul, MN, 2012–2015
Course Facilitator, University of Minnesota, Academic Health Center, Twin Cities Campus, 2012–2015
Autism Policy Lead, Department of Human Services, Disability Services Division St. Paul, MN, 2014
Senior Social Worker, Anoka County, Developmental Disabilities Anoka, MN, 2008–2010
Senior Social Worker, Anoka County, Interagency Early Intervention Anoka, MN, 2003–2008
Clinic Coordinator, University of Nebraska Medical Center, The Department of Psychiatry Omaha, NE, 2001–2002
Lead Obstetrical Social Worker, University of Nebraska Medical Center, The Maternal Care Program Omaha, NE, 1997–2001
Clinical Social Worker, Lake Region Human Services Center Devils Lake, ND, 1995–1997
Bogenschutz, M., Hewitt, A., Nord, D. & Hepperlen, R. (2014). "Direct support workforce supporting individuals with IDD: Current wages, benefits, and stability." Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 52(2), 317 - 329.
Hepperlen, R. Nord, D. (2014). "The evolution of Olmstead: Contributing factors to state plans." Paper to be presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Disability Studies, Minneapolis, MN.
Hepperlen, R. & Nord, D. (2013). "The evolution of Olmstead: Advancement through litigation and state planning." Paper presented at Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference, Washington, D.C.
Nord, D., Hewitt, A., Hepperlen, R., & Bogenschutz, M. (2013). "Improving community living outcomes through comprehensive, outcomes-focused direct support training." Poster presented at the 137th American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Annual Meeting, Pittsburg, PA.
Hepperlen, R. & Nord, D. (2013). "Differential item functioning: National core indicators community inclusion scale." Poster presented at the University of Minnesota CEHD Student Research Day, Minneapolis, MN.
Nord, D., Hewitt, A., & Hepperlen, R. (2012). "Outcome-focused training: A controlled multi-site evaluation." Paper presented at the 26th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Minneapolis, MN.
Lightfoot, E., LaLiberte, T. & Hepperlen, R. (2011). "An exploratory study of parental supports needed and received by parents with disabilities." Paper presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Work Research, Washington, D.C.
Lightfoot, E., Hepperlen, R. & LaLiberte, T. (2011). "Supports for parents with disabilities: A first look." Paper presented at the University of Minnesota CEHD Student Research Day and Minnesota Social Service Association, Minneapolis, MN.
Borleske* , R. (1995). "Communication intervention with parents to improve adherence with the diabetic regimen in pre-adolescent children." Paper presented at the National Public Health Conference, San Diego, CA.