Kelly Nye-Lengerman

Kelly Nye-Lengerman is a woman with long brown hair in a colorful striped jacket
Director, Institute On Disability
Research Professor
Office: Institute on Disability #101, 10 West Edge Drive, Durham, NH 03824
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Dr. Kelly Nye-Lengerman is the Director of the Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire. She leads a team of interdisciplinary professionals and scholars who promote full access, equal opportunity, and participation for people with disabilities through research, training, technical assistance, and education. She is driven to make public policies and systems work for people. Dr. Nye-Lengerman has worked as a direct support professional, job coach, social worker, and in other leadership roles. These early career roles deeply inform her work today. Currently her research focuses on inclusive employment, Social Security, organizational transformation, and workforce development. Dr. Nye-Lengerman has authored a book, book chapters, and numerous journal articles and technical reports on employment services, vocational rehabilitation, community living, retirement, and other topics. She is an Associate Editor for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and serves on several national advisory groups. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work and Psychology from Luther College, and her MSW and PhD from the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work.

Professional Background

Dr. Kelly Nye-Lengerman is the Director of the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. Her work is focused on making public policies and systems work for people through research, training, technical assistance, and advocacy. Her work supports the full inclusion of individuals living with disability in all aspects of community life. Dr. Nye-Lengerman’s portfolio includes research, policy, and service work focused on inclusive employment practices and policy, social security, Medicaid long term services and supports, organizational transformation, person-centered practices, and poverty remediation.  Dr. Nye-Lengerman serves on the national board of the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) and is actively involved with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).  She has also served on numerous national and state advisory groups focused on home and community-based services (HCBS), and vocational rehabilitation, and social security.

Dr. Nye-Lengerman has a broad range of professional experiences working for disability provider organizations in both community and facility-based employment programs, as a social worker, and as a direct support professional.  She previously spent 11 years at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration.  Dr. Nye-Lengerman authored Community Living and Participation for People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, a number of book chapters, and more than thirty journal articles an technical reports on employment services, vocational rehabilitation, community living, retirement, and other topics. Dr. Nye-Lengerman is passionate and committed to connecting research, training, and direct practice work across disability policy and service topics. 

Research Interests

  • Employment/Unemployment Studies
  • Social Welfare Planning/Policy
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Autism
  • Workforce Diversity

Selected Publications

  • Migliore, A., Butterworth, J., & Nye-Lengerman, K. (2022). Rethinking Management Information Systems for Scaling up Employment Outcomes. JOURNAL OF DISABILITY POLICY STUDIES, 33(2), 133-142. doi:10.1177/10442073211043518

  • McCabe, M., & Nye-Lengerman, K. (2021). Putting Policy Into Practice: Impact of the Every Student Succeeds Act on Speech-Language Pathologists and Students With Disabilities. LANGUAGE SPEECH AND HEARING SERVICES IN SCHOOLS, 52(3), 949-954. doi:10.1044/2021_LSHSS-20-00139

  • Crane, K., Hartman, E., & Nye-Lengerman, K. (2021). Improving the Adult Outcomes for SSI Youth Recipients: Introduction to a Special Series on PROMISE. CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND TRANSITION FOR EXCEPTIONAL INDIVIDUALS, 44(2), 67-68. doi:10.1177/2165143420980726

  • Stancliffe, R. J., Nye-Lengerman, K. M., & Kramme, J. E. D. (2019). Aging, Community-Based Employment, Mobility Impairment, and Retirement: National Core Indicators–Adult Consumer Survey Data. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 44(4), 251-266. doi:10.1177/1540796919882921

  • Hall, A. C., Butterworth, J., Winsor, J., Kramer, J., Nye-Lengerman, K., & Timmons, J. (2018). Building an Evidence-Based, Holistic Approach to Advancing Integrated Employment. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 43(3), 207-218. doi:10.1177/1540796918787503

  • Most Cited Publications