Deb Brucker, PhD

Research Assistant 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 assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability, Dr. Debra Brucker uses national level survey data to measure the economic, health and social well-being of persons with disabilities. 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. Her work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, and Journal of Disability Policy Studies.


Dr. Vidya Sundar, Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy, and Dr. Debra Brucker, Research Assistant Professor at the Institute on Disability, will partner with Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network, Marsh Brook Rehab and the UNH Office of Environmental Health and Safety to develop and test a new approach to assisting persons with disabilities to retain employment and seek opportunities for growth in the workplace.
Creating Connections NH is a project of the NH Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health within the NH Department of Health and Human Services to develop, continuously improve and sustain a system of care for youth (ages 12-25) with Substance Used Disorders (SUD) and Co-occurring mental health disorders and SUD (COD) in 4 pilot sites across NH.
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.
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.

portrait of Deb Brucker
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Institute on Disability
10 West Edge Drive, Suite 101
Durham, NH 03824