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

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., O'Neill, J., Houtenville, A. J., Phillips, K. G., Keirns, T., Smith, A., & Katz, E. E. (2018). Striving to work and overcoming barriers: Employment strategies and successes of people with disabilities. JOURNAL OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION, 48(1), 93-109. doi:10.3233/JVR-170918

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

Arthanat, S., Lesner, K., & Sundar, V. (2016). An evaluation framework to measure usability of Assistive Technology at workplace: A demonstration study. JOURNAL OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION, 44(2), 213-226. doi:10.3233/JVR-150792

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

Malloy, J., Sundar, V., Hagner, D., Pierias, L., & Viet, T. (2010). The Efficacy Of the Renew Model: Individualized School-To-Career Services for Youth At Risk of School Dropout. Journal of At-Risk Issues, 15(2), 19-26.

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

Kalargyrou, V., Sundar, V., Jahani, S., & Okumus, F. (n.d.). Managers' attitudes towards employees with chronic depression: Assessing the mediating role of personality on the relationship between managers’ attitudes and employees’ organizational citizenship behavior in the hospitality industry. Cornell Hospitality Quarterly: hospitality leadership through learning.

Most Cited Publications