Research on Disability

Employment Policy
and Measurement

Rehabilitation and Research Training Center


nTIDE Lunch & Learn Series


Welcome to the new National Trends in Disability Employment (or nTIDE) Lunch & Learn series. On the first Friday of every month, corresponding with the Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report, we will be offering a live broadcast via Zoom Webinar to share the results of the latest nTIDE findings. In addition, we will provide news and updates from the field of Disability Employment, as well as host an invited panelist who will discuss current disability related findings and events.

nTIDE Staff Bios

  • Andrew Houtenville, PhD

    Associate Professor of Economics and Research Director of the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire

    houtenvilleDr. Houtenville is extensively involved in disability statistics and employment policy research. He has published widely in the areas of disability statistics and the economic status of people with disabilities. He is the Principle Investigator on the NIDILRR-funded Employment Policy and Measurement Rehabilitation and Research Training Center. Dr. Houtenville received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of New Hampshire in 1997 and was a National Institute on Aging Post-Doctoral Fellow at Syracuse University in 1998/1999. He was also a Senior Research Associate at Cornell University and New Editions Consulting in McLean, Virginia. 

  • John O’Neill, Ph.D., CRC

    Director of Employment Research at the Kessler Foundation

    Dr. John O'Neill, Kessler FoundationDr. O'Neill is the Project Co- Director of two NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTC), “Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics” and “Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities” He is a former principle investigator of the RRTC on the Community Integration of People with TBI, and worked for more than eight years on NIDRR-funded research to improve the quality of vocational rehabilitation services for persons with AIDS. For six years Dr. O’Neill sat on the NY Rehabilitation Council and was the Council’s representative working with the State vocational rehabilitation agency to create a comprehensive system of personnel development. Dr. O’Neill also directed the graduate program in rehabilitation counseling at Hunter College, CUNY for 25 years.  He is a guest editor for the Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin for an upcoming special issue on Disability, Person-Environment Interaction and Employment (Spring 2013).  Dr. O’Neill is a national expert in the employment of individuals with disability.  He recently joined KF as Director of Vocational Research.  In this capacity, he will work with the NNJTBIS as a co-investigator focused on dissemination activities regarding employment issues in TBI.  Dr. O’Neill will additionally serve as a co-investigator on our site specific research project, assisting with the measurement of employment-related outcomes.

  • Michael Gamel-McCormick, PhD

    Associate Executive Director for Research and Policy at AUCD

    gamelMichael Gamel-McCormick is the Associate Executive Director at the Association of University Centerson Disabilities (AUCD). Prior to joining AUCD he was the Disability Policy Director and Senior EducationPolicy Analyst with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions under thechairmanship of Senator Tom Harkin. For 17 years, Michael was professor and Dean of the College ofEducation and Public Policy at the University of Delaware, the interim chair of the Department of HumanDevelopment and Family Studies, and the director of the Center for Disabilities Studies, Delaware’sUniversity Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. He has also been the director of a rural early intervention program, the director of health and education services at a large urban community services agency, the coordinator of an early childhood special education technical assistance center, and a preschool teacher. 

  • Michael Murray

    Chief Operating Officer for the AAPD

    headshot of Michael MurrayMichael Murray serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the AAPD. Michael’s passion and enthusiasm is powered by his experience as a person with a disability. Before joining AAPD, Michael served as the principal advisor to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), steering and designing the policies and programs of 56 Federal agencies throughout the country to implement the President’s Executive Order on Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities. By fostering teamwork and collaboration, Michael led the Federal government in hiring the largest percentage and number of people with disabilities into Federal service in history. While at OPM, Michael also served as the acting Deputy Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, driving highly successful workforce initiatives with various diverse communities. He has also worked on a state level as a disability rights advocate and to develop the Beyond Academics program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

  • Nicholas Rollins

    Project Research Specialist at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire

    rollinsNick joined the Institute on Disability in November, 2014. Before that, he had served as a data analyst in University Advancement at UNH, and also at Measured Progress, a Dover educational testing firm. While at the University of Rochester, he was a research assistant in the Department of Psychiatry, completing his Master’s research on factors that predict post-partum depression. 

  • Penny Gould

    Senior Program Support Assistant at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire

    gouldPenny joined the IOD in February 2011 as Program Support Assistant for the following Research Rehabilitation Training Centers: Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC), Center on Individual-level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC), and Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC). After nearly seven years working for a large local Credit Union, Penny’s passion for training and education coupled with her background in non-profit work brought her to the IOD.  

  • Debra Brucker, PhD

    Senior Researcher at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire

    bruckerDr. Debra Brucker uses national level survey data to measure the economic, health and social well-being of persons with disabilities. She has over 20 years of applied policy research experience and has held social and health policy research positions at academic institutions, research organizations, and state agencies. Her work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, and Journal of Disability Policy Studies