Kimberly Phillips, PhD

Project Director


  • PhD, Psychology, University of New Hampshire, 2016
  • MA, Psychology, University of New Hampshire, 2008
  • BA, Russian, University of New Hampshire, 1990

Professional Background

Dr. Phillips joined the IOD as a program evaluator in 2010.  She conducts primary and secondary data research, as well as evaluation and project management for several grant-funded efforts.  Presently, Dr. Phillips leads a research project for the NIDILRR-funded Employment Policy and Management RRTC and serves as Co-Investigator of the CDC-funded New Hampshire Disability & Public Health project.  With Andrew Houtenville, she is co-Principal Investigator of the Kessler Foundation Employer Practices Survey research.  Dr. Phillips has co-authored peer-reviewed publications in several journals, including the Review of General Psychology; Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin; and the Journal of Rehabilitation.  In addition, she has presented research at numerous national conferences and produced a number of data surveillance reports.  She received her doctorate in psychology in 2016 after completing her dissertation on employees’ with disabilities response to attitudinal barriers in the workplace and perceived potential at work.


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.
The employment gap between people with and without disabilities is well-documented. Research findings point to two main factors that contribute to the persistence of these employment disparities: 
Many employers fully engage people with disabilities in their workforces--hiring, retaining, and advancing their employees with disabilities.
The New Hampshire Disability & Public Health Project (DPH) is a collaboration between the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services and its Bona Fide agent, the Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire. The overarching goal of the collaboration is to improve the health and quality of life of people with disabilities in NH by strengthening the capacity of the state’s public health programs and initiatives to include people with intellectual disabilities and mobility limitations.

Institute on Disability
10 West Edge Drive, Suite 101
Durham, NH 03824