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.

  • Denise M. Rozell

    Policy Strategist at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

    Denise RozellDenise M. Rozell is the Policy Strategist at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). Prior to joining AUCD, she spent fifteen years as Assistant Vice President for State Government Relations with Easter Seals. Denise was the primary resource to Easter Seals 75 affiliates in building capacity to increase awareness of and support for Easter Seals in state government. Prior to that, Denise was the Executive Director of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, an international membership organization for the professionals serving individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Denise also was the Governmental Relations Representative for the American Foundation for the Blind and the Director of Public Policy for the National Association of Developmental Disabilities Councils, the membership organization representing the 55 state and territorial Developmental Disabilities Councils. Denise holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Occidental College in Los Angeles and a Juris Doctorate from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California in Berkeley.

  • Michael Murray

    Deputy Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

    Michael MurrayMichael Murray is the Deputy Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). In this role, Michael serves as the Senior Advisor to the Director of ODI, driving highly successful government-wide workforce initiatives with various diverse communities. Previously at OPM, Michael was responsible for steering and designing the government-wide policies and programs of 56 Federal agencies throughout the country to increase Federal employment of individuals with disabilities. By fostering teamwork and collaboration, Michael led the Federal government to successfully exceed historic records for the employment of people with disabilities.

    Before joining OPM, Michael was the Chief Operating Officer for the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), supporting private sector employers in creating innovative and high preforming teams. On the state level, Michael advocated for the rights of people with disabilities as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Disability Action Network. His vision for the organization and strength as a grassroots organizer amplified the voice of people with disabilities at the North Carolina General Assembly, producing positive systematic change. Michael also led efforts at Disability Rights N.C.; a local Center for Independent Living; and as vice-chair of the Statewide Independent Living Council. At the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Michael and his colleagues established Beyond Academics, now our Nation’s largest post-secondary education program for people with intellectual disabilities. Michael is fluent in American Sign Language and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education.

  • 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