Dr. Phillips joined the IOD in 2010. She conducts primary and secondary data research, as well as evaluation and project management for several grant-funded efforts. Presently, Dr. Phillips serves as Principal Investigator of the CDC-funded New Hampshire Disability & Public Health Project and leads a research project for the NIDILRR-funded Employment Policy and Management RRTC. With Andrew Houtenville, she is co-Principal Investigator of the Kessler Foundation National Employment & Disability Survey: Supervisor Perspectives. Dr. Phillips has co-authored peer-reviewed publications in several journals, including the Disability & Health Journal; Review of General Psychology; Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin; and the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. In addition, she has presented research at numerous national conferences and produced a number of data surveillance reports. She received her doctorate in psychology in 2016 after completing her dissertation on employees’ with disabilities response to attitudinal barriers in the workplace and perceived potential at work.
The mission of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) is to narrow and actively bridge the divide between the producers and end users of disability statistics, thereby supporting better data collection, more accurate information, better decision-making, more effective programs, and better lives for people with disabilities.
The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) is (a) investigating the impact of federal and state policies and programs on employment, paying particular attention to the effects of program interactions, (b) examining new ways of measuring employment outcomes, and (c) facilitating the translation of research findings to guide policymaking and program administration.
The employment gap between people with and without disabilities is well-documented. Research findings point to two main factors that contribute to the persistence of these employment disparities:
Many employers fully engage people with disabilities in their workforces--hiring, retaining, and advancing their employees with disabilities.
The New Hampshire Disability & Public Health Project (DPH) is a collaboration between the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services and its Bona Fide agent, the Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire. The overarching goal of the collaboration is to improve the health and quality of life of people with disabilities in NH by strengthening the capacity of the state’s public health programs and initiatives to include people with intellectual disabilities and mobility limitations.