Eric A Lauer

Project Research Specialist


  • Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Public Health, expected completion 2013
  • M.P.H., Quantitative Methods, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Public Health, 2008
  • B.A., Psychology, Harvard University, 2000

Professional Background

Eric has spent the last 14 years developing his interest in disabilities and mental health. After receiving his bachelor's degree in psychology, Eric worked directly with children and adults with mental health conditions at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center and McLean Hospital. Eric's fieldwork for his master's degree examined brain weights in autism. His Ph.D. coursework was in statistics, research methodology, molecular biology, and genetic sciences. Eric's career focus includes health disparities, disabilities and mental health, with research interests such as the impact of disabilities, physical illness and mental illness on quality of life, access to care, and health outcomes. Eric's career goals include teaching, research, grant writing, and publishing as well as informing policy on the state and federal level.


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.
Understanding the Factors Associated with the Health Disparities Experienced by People with Intellectual Disabilities

Eric Lauer
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Institute on Disability
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