The Collaboratory for Technology, Health, and Independence (CTHI) is a group of researchers who share a common vision of helping individuals with disabilities, their families, caregivers, and healthcare providers. 


The CTHI Mission

Our mission is to optimize the health and independence of individuals with disabilities across the lifespan through research, development projects, capacity building and knowledge translation activities that work to better match healthcare systems and processes with the strengths, needs and priorities of individuals with disabilities and their families.


Our Services for Researchers and Clinicians

Many clinicians and faculty want to do research but find it difficult given the time required and the expertise needed to manage a research study day to day.


The Collaboratory's model is designed to assist researchers in meeting their research and development goals. Our staff can provide a tailored level of support for the researcher. Our services include project development, assisting with regulatory compliance, outreach and recruitment, data management, and dissemination of results. This support eliminates the burden of needing to hire and train new staff or being forced to go it alone for your research project.


 If you are interested in our services, please contact us prior to submitting your grant for funding consideration. This will allow us the ability to work with you to develop a plan that meets your needs to ensure your research project is able to be completed to your specifications.


CTHI is funded through effort percentages that the researchers include in their project budget.

TIKTOC RERC is a client of CTHI. The RERC is its own entity and is grant funded.


Collaboratory Personnel

Michelle Meade, PhD, Director, CTHI; Principal Investigator & Director, University of Michigan TIKTOC RERC

Donna Riccio Omichinski, CTHI Center Coordinator, Research Project Manager


Our Partners 





Neilsen Provider Education Study




Great Lakes SCI Collaborative Study



publications and presentations


Contact Us

CTHI administrative offices are located at:

325 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Room 3027
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108


Phone: (734) 615-6720

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