Deb Brucker, PhD

Research Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., Urban Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, 2007
  • M.P.A., Social Policy Analysis, University of Delaware, 1995
  • B.A., Psychology and Criminal Justice, University of Delaware, 1991

Professional Background

As a research assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability, Dr. 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.


Current projects looking at disability and food security. The Association of Food Security with Economic and Health Outcomes for Persons with Disabilities Archived projects looking at disability and food security. Disability, Food Security and SNAP Participation Among Transition Age Youth (age 18-25)
The persistently low employment rates among people with disabilities in the United States are accompanied by consistently high rates of participation in safety net programs. As funding for employment related services is limited, people with disabilities who wish to access employment services may face either delays in access or scarcity of available options.

portrait of Deb Brucker
Curriculum Vitae: 
Institute on Disability
10 West Edge Drive, Suite 101
Durham, NH 03824