Debra Brucker

Deb Brucker
Research Associate Professor
Research Associate Professor
Phone: (603) 862-4320
Office: Institute on Disability, 10 West Edge Drive, Durham, NH 03824

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.


  • Ph.D., Resource Planning/Dev, Rutgers University
  • M.A., Public Administration, University of Delaware
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Delaware
  • B.A., Criminal Justice/Safety, University of Delaware

Selected Publications

  • Brucker, D. L., Jajtner, K., & Mitra, S. (2022). Does Social Security promote food security? Evidence for older households. APPLIED ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES AND POLICY, 44(2), 671-686. doi:10.1002/aepp.13218

  • Jajtner, K. M., Brucker, D. L., & Mitra, S. (2022). Midlife Work Limitations are Associated with Lower Odds of Survival and Healthy Aging. JOURNALS OF GERONTOLOGY SERIES B-PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES, 77(4), 790-802. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbab214

  • Brucker, D. L., Stott, G., & Phillips, K. G. (2022). Food sufficiency and the utilization of free food resources for working-age Americans with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.. Disabil Health J, 101297. doi:10.1016/j.dhjo.2022.101297

  • Brucker, D. L., & Sundar, V. (2021). Job Crafting Among American Workers with Disabilities (vol 37, pg 575, 2020). JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL REHABILITATION, 31(4), 729. doi:10.1007/s10926-021-09999-y

  • Reif, S., Lauer, E. A., Adams, R. S., Brucker, D. L., Ritter, G. A., & Mitra, M. (2021). Examining differences in prescription opioid use behaviors among US adults with and without disabilities. PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, 153. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106754

  • Brucker, D. L., & Coleman-Jensen, A. (2017). Food Insecurity Across the Adult Life Span for Persons With Disabilities. JOURNAL OF DISABILITY POLICY STUDIES, 28(2), 109-118. doi:10.1177/1044207317710701

  • Sevak, P., Houtenville, A. J., Brucker, D. L., & O'Neill, J. (2015). Individual Characteristics and the Disability Employment Gap. JOURNAL OF DISABILITY POLICY STUDIES, 26(2), 80-88. doi:10.1177/1044207315585823

  • Brucker, D. L., & Houtenville, A. J. (2015). People With Disabilities in the United States. ARCHIVES OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION, 96(5), 771-774. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2015.02.024

  • Brucker, D. L., Mitra, S., Chaitoo, N., & Mauro, J. (2015). More Likely to Be Poor Whatever the Measure: Working-Age Persons with Disabilities in the United States. SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY, 96(1), 273-296. doi:10.1111/ssqu.12098

  • Hagner, D., Kurtz, A., Cloutier, H., Arakelian, C., Brucker, D. L., & May, J. (2012). Outcomes of a Family-Centered Transition Process for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders. FOCUS ON AUTISM AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, 27(1), 42-50. doi:10.1177/1088357611430841