Deb Brucker smiles against a beach scene background. She is a white woman with shoulder length curly brown hair and black-framed glasses.

Deb Brucker was recently elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) by its members. NASI brings together leaders to improve how social insurance programs support economic security for all Americans, including persons with disabilities.

Deb studies the economic, health and social well-being of persons with disabilities and other vulnerable populations. With more than 25 years of applied policy research experience, she has held social and health policy research positions at academic institutions, research organizations, and state government agencies. Her recent research at UNH has focused on: 1) testing the efficacy of a job crafting intervention on improving employment outcomes for workers with disabilities; and, 2) identifying barriers to food security for persons with disabilities and older adults.

She currently serves as co-principal investigator (PI) on a federally-funded grant that is exploring how Long COVID has impacted living and working for people with disabilities, and also serves as co-PI on a federally funded grant that trains the next generation of disability employment policy researchers, and she also serves as a co-investigator on the federally funded Disability Statistics and Demographics Rehabilitation Research and Training Center.