Deb Brucker, PhD

Research Associate 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 associate professor, Dr. Debra Brucker studies the economic, health and social well-being of persons with disabilities and other vulnerable populations. 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.


Volunteer Opportunity: The Career Self-Management through Job Crafting Study at the University of New Hampshire is looking for volunteers to take part in a study to develop and test a program to help people to re-envision and refine aspects of their jobs. Learn More >
The mission of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) is to narrow and actively bridge the divide between the producers and end users of disability statistics, thereby supporting better data collection, more accurate information, better decision-making, more effective programs, and better lives for people with disabilities.
The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) is (a) investigating the impact of federal and state policies and programs on employment, paying particular attention to the effects of program interactions, (b) examining new ways of measuring employment outcomes, and (c) facilitating the translation of research findings to guide policymaking and program administration.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as the inability to access the food necessary to live a healthy, active life. Understanding the scope of food insecurity experienced within New Hampshire is important for informing the provision of nutrition assistance services throughout the state.
US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - assisted adults with disabilities reside within all types of housing assistance yet do not always receive targeted assistance nor supports. By identifying gaps in quality of life, employment patterns and health disparities, this research grant will highlight areas that policymakers need to address.
This project will identify mid-life predictors of living in a food insecure household at age 60 and older, explore whether living in a food insecure household in mid-life is associated with reduced odds of well-being or healthy aging among persons age 60 and older, and, examine changes in the odds of living in a food insecure household among adults as they transition onto Social Security retirement benefits.

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