Catherine Ipsen

Catherine Ipsen

Catherine Ipsen has worked at the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (RIIC) since 1992. She currently serves as the Associate Director for RIIC and Director of Rural Employment Research for the RTC: Rural. She holds a Ph.D. in Multidisciplinary Studies and an M.A. in Economics, both from the University of Montana. Dr. Ipsen has over 20 years of experience in disability research and evaluation, with funding through the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and U.S. Department of Education. Her research interests focus on service delivery strategies to support rural consumers in securing and maintaining employment.


How Trump’s proposed benefits changes will create hardship for rural people with disabilities

By: and - February 13, 2020

Changes to the Social Security Disability Insurance program proposed in January by the Trump administration could make it harder for over 8 million Americans with disabilities to maintain federal benefits. That’s particularly true for those in rural communities, where we have worked and studied for the past 35 years. Changes to disability benefits Currently, nearly […]