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Research on Disability to host Symposia at 2015 NARRTC Annual Meeting and Conference

by User Not Found | Mar 12, 2015

Join us and fellow researchers at the 37th Annual NARRTC Conference on April 30th & May 1st, 2015 at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, Alexandria, VA.

Researchers from the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability will be presenting a Symposia: 

Using Nationally Representative Datasets to Identify and Learn About the Lived Experiences of People with Disabilities

In this symposium panelists will describe how national surveys identify individuals with disabilities, and what we can learn about their lived experiences related to education and wages, employment and health, food security, and community participation.  

All of the studies to be presented in this panel demonstrate how nationally representative datasets can be used to better understand the lived experiences of people with disabilities. Moreover, each of the five studies provides findings that have timely relevance for federal and state disability policy.  

About the Presenters:

Andrew Houtenville, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Research Director

Dr. Andrew Houtenville is extensively involved disability statistics and employment policy research. He has published widely in the areas of disability statistics and the economic status of people with disabilities. 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.

Amanda Reichard, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Amanda Reichard, Ph.D., is currently an Research Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability. She has expertise as a health services researcher using national survey data and state Medicaid claims data to analyze health care access, utilization, and disparities among people with disabilities. Dr. Reichard has served as primary investigator or directed research that includes a wide range of topics including cost effectiveness of Medicaid for individuals with physical disabilities in improving their health and using Medical Expenditures Panel Survey (MEPS) data to better understand health care cost and utilization among people with disabilities, including those dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare.

Vidya Sundar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Dr. Vidya Sundar is an Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy at the University of New Hampshire. Her research interests include community living and employment of individuals with disabilities, particularly around conceptual and psychometric issues in measuring workplace accommodations and in survey research related to workplace issues for individuals with disabilities. She currently collaborates with the UNH Institute on Disability on three federally funded research projects that focus on disability in the workplace and community living among individuals with disabilities. Dr. Sundar received her Ph.D. in rehabilitation Science from the University at Buffalo in 2007.

Debra Brucker, Ph.D., Project Director, Senior Research Coordinator

Dr. Debra Brucker is a researcher at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability, uses national level survey data (e.g., Current Population Survey, Survey of Income and Program Participation) to measure the well-being and public program participation of persons with disabilities. She 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 Journal of Behavioral Health Services and ResearchJournal of Disability Policy Studies, and Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Eric Lauer, Project Research Specialist

Eric has spent the last 14 years developing his interest in disabilities and mental health. After receiving his bachelor's degree in psychology, Eric worked directly with children and adults with mental health conditions at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center and McLean Hospital. Eric's fieldwork for his master's degree examined brain weights in autism. His Ph.D. coursework was in statistics, research methodology, molecular biology, and genetic sciences. Eric's career focus includes health disparities, disabilities and mental health, with research interests such as the impact of disabilities, physical illness and mental illness on quality of life, access to care, and health outcomes. 

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