UM Research Professor Lends Expertise on Developing National Goals Related to People with Disabilities

August 18, 2015

UM Research Professor Rosemary Hughes

MISSOULA – University of Montana Research Professor Rosemary Hughes recently accepted an elite position to serve on the “justice strand” during the National Goals 2015 meeting held Aug. 6-7 in Washington, D.C.

Building on a similar effort in 2003, the National Goals 2015 initiative focuses on the current state of knowledge surrounding citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Experts from around the country were hand-selected to converge in Washington, D.C., to develop national research, practice and policy goals. The meeting was organized into 10 strands, or broad focus areas. Hughes was invited to lend her expertise to the focus area of justice.

Based on civil rights protections guaranteed by laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the 2015 goals reflect the nation’s commitment to improving outcomes for people with disabilities.

Hughes, a senior researcher at the UM’s Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, is a national leader in research on violence against individuals with disabilities. In a recent review article, she and her colleagues found that in a 10-year period, the prevalence of lifetime interpersonal violence among adults with a disability ranged from 26 percent to 90 percent.

Hughes and her research team currently are working with advisers with intellectual disabilities to develop and nationally test a group prevention program for men and women with disabilities. The program is designed to increase knowledge of healthy relationships, abuse, safety planning as well as enhance safety and communication skills and safety self-efficacy.

For more information call Hughes at 406-243-2898 or email

Contact: Rosemary Hughes, UM Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities research professor, 406-240-4838,