Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) on Employment

Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) on Employment

The University of New Hampshire engages postdoctoral fellows in a rigorous and collegial Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) program designed to expand the capacity of disability and employment research to address the ongoing employment gap between people with and without disabilities.

Project Goal

The program develops researchers who are highly qualified to use secondary (survey and administrative) data to investigate demographic, geographic, and time trends in the employment of people with disabilities. Through a cohesive and complementary schedule of training activities, coupled with purposeful and effective mentorship, our program provides postdoctoral research associates with the necessary knowledge and skills to investigate the impacts of government programs, employer practices, and social and workplace factors on the employment of people with disabilities.


The program offers six 18-month training opportunities to graduates of professionally oriented, disability-related doctoral programs, who engage with coursework in graduate-level econometrics, a sequence of one-on-one mentorship sessions with a team of experienced disability and employment research mentors, and immersion in ongoing, federally-funded research projects.


Postdoctoral research associates prepare manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications, develop grant proposals, and deliver scholarly presentations at national conferences.


In the short term, our program increases the number of highly qualified, interdisciplinary researchers, including researchers with disabilities. In the intermediate-term, this generates more innovative strategies to improve disability and employment policies, programs, and practices. This will ultimately result in better employment opportunities and outcomes for people with disabilities.

Funding Statement

The UNH ARRT is funded by a $1 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) under grant 90AREM000401.