Dr. Amanda Reichard Appointment

Dr. Amanda Reichard recently became the new Chair of the Disability Research Interest Group (DRIG) for AcademyHealth.
September 15, 2016

Amanda Reichard

Dr. Amanda Reichard recently became the new Chair of the Disability Research Interest Group (DRIG) for AcademyHealth.

In this role, she will be working to elevate the importance of recognizing people with disabilities as a health disparities population.

The Disability Research Interest Group is composed of health services and policy researchers interested in the coordination, quality improvement, and financing of services, assistive devices, and environmental changes needed for the optimal health and social integration of people in situations of disability. It brings together researchers, policy analysts, persons with disabilities, and educators to increase the impact of good quantitative and qualitative research on disability policy, practice, and professional education in the U.S. and abroad.

Amanda Reichard, Ph.D., is currently a Research Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability. She has expertise as a health services researcher using national survey data and state Medicaid claims data to analyze health care access, utilization, and disparities among people with disabilities. Dr. Reichard has served as primary investigator or directed research that includes a wide range of topics including cost effectiveness of Medicaid for individuals with physical disabilities in improving their health and using Medical Expenditures Panel Survey (MEPS) data to better understand health care cost and utilization among people with disabilities, including those dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare.

The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire was established in 1987 to provide a university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policies, and practices related to the lives of persons with disabilities and their families. Its mission is to promote full access, equal opportunities, and participation for all persons by strengthening communities and advancing policy and systems change, promising practices, education, and research.

The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a world-class public research university with the feel of a New England liberal arts college. A land, sea, and space-grant university, UNH is the state's flagship public institution, enrolling 12,200 undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students.