Rayna Sage

Project Director

Rayna Sage is a rural sociologist and began working with RTC: Rural in November of 2016.

In her work here, she uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to engage in participatory action research that informs programming, services, and community development activities that help improve community living for people with disabilities. Dr. Sage is particularly interested in how inequalities related to disabilities intersect with other inequalities such as racism, sexism, and discrimination towards people of the LGBTQ community in rural spaces.

Before joining the RTC: Rural, she was a clinical assistant professor in Human Development teaching and coordinating internships in human services. She completed her PhD at Washington State University in 2012 and before this spent four years as a home visiting social worker for rural low-income families with small children.

Dr. Rayna Sage is a Member-at-Large (2022-2025) on the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (NARRTC) Executive Committee.



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