Kimberly Phillips, PhD

Research Assistant Professor


  • PhD, Psychology, University of New Hampshire, 2016
  • MA, Psychology, University of New Hampshire, 2008
  • BA, Russian, University of New Hampshire, 1990

Professional Background

Dr. Phillips joined the IOD in 2010. She conducts primary and secondary data research, as well as evaluation and project direction for several grant-funded efforts. Presently, Dr. Phillips serves as Principal Investigator of the CDC-funded New Hampshire Disability & Public Health Project and Co-Principal Investigator of the NIDILRR-funded Disability Statistics and Demographics RRTC. She also leads research related to the Kessler Foundation National Employment & Disability Surveys. Dr. Phillips has authored and co-authored peer-reviewed publications in several journals, including the Disability & Health Journal; Review of General Psychology; Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin; Journal of Intellectual Disability Research; and the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. In addition, she has presented research at numerous national conferences and produced a number of data surveillance reports. She received her doctorate in psychology in 2016 after completing her dissertation on employees’ with disabilities response to attitudinal barriers in the workplace and perceived potential at work.


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.
Nearly 30 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed to prevent discrimination against people with disabilities in education and employment. Individuals with disabilities now comprise about 12% of college students, which matters because educational attainment is associated with gainful employment. Although the employment gap between people with and without disabilities persists, employment prospects are favorable for people with disabilities who have college degrees.
Many employers fully engage people with disabilities in their workforces--hiring, retaining, and advancing their employees with disabilities.
This New England Regional Genetics Network program intends to improve health equity and health outcomes in individuals with genetic conditions, reduce morbidity and mortality caused by genetic conditions (including congenital and metabolic disorders); and to improve the quality of coordinated and comprehensive genetic services to children and their families. The purpose of the Regional Genetics Networks is to:
The New Hampshire Disability & Public Health Project (DPH) aims to improve the health and quality of life of people with disabilities in NH by collaborating with state and regional public health efforts, advancing accessibility and inclusion of people with intellectual  and/ or mobility disabilities in public health, health care, and health promotion activities.

Institute on Disability
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