Vidya Sundar

Office: Occupational Therapy, Hewitt Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Vidyalakshmi Sundar, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

I teach graduate and undergraduate coursework related to inclusive workplace practices and worker rehabilitation, human occupation, and research methods. My research and scholarly interests include programs and policies that promote employment outcomes of individuals with disabilities. My recent research interest is in career advancement and management strategies for people with disabilities.
I am the Principal Investigator of a three year Field Initiated Research Project (funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research) to develop and test the use of job crafting as an intervention strategy to improve work-related self-efficacy engagement among persons with disabilities.
Prior to this position, I served as the project director and program evaluator of several federally funded initiatives on employment, aging in the community, and chronic homelessness.


  • Ph.D., Rehabilitation Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
  • B.S., The Tamil Nada Dr M.G.R Medical University

Research Interests

  • Ergonomics
  • Persons with Disabilities - Services For
  • Vocational Services for People With Disabilities
  • Work Motivation
  • Worker Attitudes and Technology

Courses Taught

  • HMGT/OT 520: Happy and Healthy at Work
  • HMGT/OT 598: Happy & Healthy at Work
  • OT 741/841: Human Occupation
  • OT 785: Research Methods
  • OT 785/885: Research Methods
  • OT 791: Senior Honors Thesis
  • OT 841: Human Occupation
  • OT 886: Engagement in Research

Selected Publications

Fyffe, D. C., Lequerica, A. H., Ward-Sutton, C., Williams, N. F., Sundar, V., & O’Neill, J. (n.d.). Understanding Persons With Disabilities’ Reasons for Not Seeking Employment. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 003435522110067. doi:10.1177/00343552211006773

Houtenville, A. J., Phillips, K. G., & Sundar, V. (2021). Usefulness of Internet Surveys to Identify People with Disabilities: A Cautionary Tale. Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, 9(2), 285-308. doi:10.1093/jssam/smaa045

Sundar, V., & Brucker, D. (2021). "Today I felt like my work meant something": A pilot study on job crafting, a coaching-based intervention for people with work limitations and disabilities.. Work, 69(2), 423-438. doi:10.3233/WOR-213488

Brucker, D. L., & Sundar, V. (2020). Job Crafting Among American Workers with Disabilities. JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL REHABILITATION, 30(4), 575-587. doi:10.1007/s10926-020-09889-9

Sundar, V., & Brucker, D. L. (2019). Personal and Organizational Determinants of Job Satisfaction for Workers With Disabilities. REHABILITATION COUNSELING BULLETIN, 62(3), 170-179. doi:10.1177/0034355218770272

Sundar, V., Brucker, D. L., Pollack, M. A., & Chang, H. (2016). Community and social participation among adults with mobility impairments: A mixed methods study. DISABILITY AND HEALTH JOURNAL, 9(4), 682-691. doi:10.1016/j.dhjo.2016.05.006

Schuh, M. C., Sundar, V., & Hagner, D. C. (2015). Friendship Is the Ocean: Importance of Friendship, Acceptance, and Leadership in the Transition to Adulthood. CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND TRANSITION FOR EXCEPTIONAL INDIVIDUALS, 38(3), 152-161. doi:10.1177/2165143414528031

Sundar, V., Fox, S. W., & Phillips, K. G. (2014). Transitions in caregiving: evaluating a person-centered approach to supporting family caregivers in the community.. J Gerontol Soc Work, 57(6-7), 750-765. doi:10.1080/01634372.2013.847885

Sundar, V., Daumen, M. E., Conley, D. J., & Stone, J. H. (2008). The use of ICF codes for information retrieval in rehabilitation research: An empirical study. DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION, 30(12-13), 955-962. doi:10.1080/09638280701800285

Tomita, M. R., Mann, W. C., Stanton, K., Tomita, A. D., & Sundar, V. (2007). Use of currently available smart home technology by frail elders process and outcomes. TOPICS IN GERIATRIC REHABILITATION, 23(1), 24-34. Retrieved from

Most Cited Publications