Welcome to the HOPE Lab.

HOPE stands for Healthy Outcomes and Psychosocial Equity. We strive to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve healthy outcomes, particularly mental health and wellness, through equitable access to evidence-based care.

We do this through research that:

  • raises awareness of trauma and mental health symptoms in people with IDD
  • improves assessments so that people who need help can get help
  • improves service delivery so that people with IDD can experience healthy outcomes, community inclusion, and wellbeing.

Current Projects


Helping Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Heal and Thrive Following Trauma

LEAF Study

Down Syndrome Life Experience and Feelings Study

View our latest posts below!

HOPE Lab Presents at the Spring 2021 VCU Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium


by Shirin Podury The HOPE Lab’s research about the mental health challenges faced by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) was presented at Virginia Commonwealth University by a few of our research assistants, Zack Moore and Barbara Salas-Ferrante, in Spring 2021. Moore’s presentation in the Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium talked about how people with…

Are People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Getting the Mental Health Care They Need?


Kayleen Reyes, Zack Moore, Karyn Cook, Shrinidhi Vijay, Ruth Brown Caregivers and service providers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are likely aware of the challenges faced by people with IDD in obtaining mental health care. Unfortunately, there is little research showing just how widespread this challenge is. The HOPE Lab was quite …

Introduction to The Hope Lab


The HOPE Lab People with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) do not have the access they need to mental health care. Mental health professionals rarely get training in helping people with IDD and there is not enough research on the causes and treatments of mental health for people with IDD. We want to change that.…

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