Craig Ravesloot

Research Director

Dr. Craig Ravesloot is a Clinical Psychologist and Research Professor of Psychology at the University of Montana where he directs rural disability, health and community living research for the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities.

Dr. Ravesloot has over 25 years’ experience in research, program development and evaluation of services for people with disabilities funded through the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Public Health Service (PHS).

He was awarded the Disability and Health research scientist of the year award by the Southwest Conference on Disabilities and the Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers. He has published numerous articles covering a range of topics including health, employment and independent living for people with disabilities.

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Current Projects

 Healthy Community Living (lead)

Healthy Community Living is a project to develop a multi-media health promotion program to improve people’s health and wellbeing that provides support, health promotion, education and opportunities for people with disabilities to succeed in reaching personal goals. It includes multiple curricula that blend in-person program delivery with online social engagement and website materials.


 Rural Community Living Development (lead)

The goal of the Rural Community Living Development project is to partner with the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living to develop and implement a peer to peer mentor training for Centers for Independent Living that prepares staff to work on community development activities in rural areas. The outcome of this process will be better support for rural people with disabilities to live independently in their communities by accessing NIDILRR-funded community living resources.


 Rural Resource Analysis

The availability of community resources, as well as access to those resources, has a large impact on the experience of disability. Using community asset mapping and network analysis methodology, this project will identify the resources available in a community and then figure out how those resources are linked to each other and how individuals know about and access those resources. As well as examining local assets and networks, this study will also examine the relationships between community resources and disability rates across the U.S.


 Personal Assistant Services in Rural America

In partnership with the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) and providers of rural home- and community-based services, the Personal Assistant Services project aims to identify how personal assistant services are associated with community participation in urban and rural places.


 Partners for Healthy Community Living

Partners for Healthy Community Living seeks to get consumers with disabilities, many of whom face great challenges due to reduction in community access, connected to peer support, health promotion, and other resources remotely during this uncertain time of COVID.


 Living Well in the Community App (lead)

Living Well in the Community (LWC) is a health promotion program within the Healthy Community Living set of programs developed by the RTC:Rural. This program is typically conducted with groups of consumers either online or in person using multimedia content that is online. To increase the availability of the LWC online content, we are using funding from the App Factory grant to the Shepherd Center (90DPHF0004) to make all program content available in an app that participants can use. Some people may use the app to support their learning in the LWC class while others may choose to work through the content on the app on their own.


 Promoting Interventions for Community Living (PICL)

Americans with disabilities deserve opportunities for education, employment, health care, recreation and civic engagement. Yet, despite improved opportunities and increasingly accessible environments for people with disabilities, many continue to face barriers to living and participating in their communities. The Research and Training Center on Promoting Interventions for Community Living examines the effectiveness of interventions designed to support greater community participation for people with physical and other co-occurring disabilities. This project is testing a multifaceted intervention aimed at promoting community participation through home usability improvement and goal setting activities.


 Effort Capacity and Choice: Exploring a Dynamic Model of Participation

Participating in the community requires effort, and people vary in how much they spend before needing rest. As a result, everyone must make choices about what activities they spend their effort on. In this project, we will examine the relationship between personal effort and community participation by implementing two unique interventions (bathing modifications and a physical exercise program) and studying their impacts on the choices people make.