Peter Antal, PhD

Research Associate


  • Ph.D., Urban Affairs and Public Policy, University of Delaware, 2005
  • M.P.A., University of Delaware, 1998
  • B.S., Psychology and Human Development, University of Delaware, 1995

Professional Background

Peter Antal, Ph.D. joined the Institute on Disability in 2004 with a focus on providing a diverse range of evaluation and research support to the organization. Current areas of focus include: supporting improvements in the fields of mental health, genetics, leadership, staff competencies, early care and education, youth development, and transportation. Since 2007, he has led the implementation of New Hampshire's public mental health survey, resulting in heightened public awareness of mental health issues, improvements in strategic planning efforts among state and center staff, improved oversight of center contracts, and changes in how some services are offered. Across his projects, Dr. Antal adopts a collaborative approach which brings together the perspectives of multiple stakeholders (both organizations and individuals) to share ideas, develop consensus, and to collaborate resources to ensure that the mission and objectives of each endeavor are met to the fullest extent possible.


"All individuals with genetic conditions in New England have the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential."
Over the past several years, there has been an increasing recognition of the limitations of NH's system of services for mental health care. The Ten Year plan highlighted many of these challenges and identified a range of resources that would be helpful towards improving the capacity and effectiveness of the mental health system. As the state has struggled financially and politically to implement these resources, there has been a growing alarm over the increased incidence of waiting lists at area emergency departments.
This project involves the development and delivery of cross-disciplinary professional development to a diverse group of providers in order to improve the services, supports, and system for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families.
The NH and ME Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (NH-ME LEND) is a collaboration among Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire, and the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies/UCED at the University of Maine-Orono. The purpose of NH-ME LEND is to improve the health of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities by preparing leaders to enter the field of maternal and child health.
RENEW is a structured school-to-career transition planning and individualized wraparound process for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. Developed in 1996 by staff at the Institute on Disability (IOD), RENEW is being provided by schools, community mental health centers, community-based providers, and IOD staff members to youth.

Peter Antal
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Institute on Disability
56 Old Suncook Road, Suite 2
Concord, NH 03301