Vidya Sundar

University of New Hampshire

Vidya Sundar (PhD, Rehabilitation Science, University at Buffalo) is an associate professor of occupational therapy at the University of New Hampshire. She has 14 years of experience in disability and employment research. She has extensive experience in leading and managing federally funded projects from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR); Administration on Aging, and Community Living and Participation; and from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. Dr. Sundar has participated as a subject matter expert and lead author for Social Security Administration projects. Her current research focuses on intervention programs for career development and sustainability for individuals with disabilities. She is the PI of a three-year, NIDILRR-funded, Field Initiated Research project on job crafting for individuals with disabilities. She was the Co-PI of the 2015 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey, a nationally representative survey of 3,000+ Americans with disabilities. She has also led several projects within NIDILRR funded centers such as the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment Policy and Measurement, Disability Statistics RRTC, and the RRTC on Community Living and Participation. Dr. Sundar is a mixed methods researcher and is trained in the use of advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods and statistics. She has published and presented widely on employment and community living related issues for people with disabilities. She teaches inter-disciplinary coursework related to inclusive workplace practices, worker rehabilitation and ergonomics, and research methods. Dr. Sundar authored the chapter “Benefits Counseling and Case Management” and presented it at Lessons from SSA Demonstrations: A State of the Science Meeting.

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