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 University of New Hampshire engages postdoctoral fellows in a rigorous and collegial Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) program designed to expand the capacity of disability and employment research to address the ongoing employment gap between people with and without disabilities.  
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.
The 2017 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey: Supervisor Perspectives (KFNEDS:SP) identifies ways that employers strive to hire and retain employees with disabilities by utilizing different approaches to successfully avoid or overcome barriers.  This research generates actionable information to support the adoption of promising practices across the country.
The New England Regional Genetics Network (NERGN) advances the health and well-being of individuals with genetic conditions by connecting them with genetic services, educating professionals to improve systems of genetic care, and supporting families in New England. NERGN's vision is that "all individuals with genetic conditions in New England have the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential."
The New Hampshire Disability and Health Program (DHP) improves the health and quality of life of people with disabilities in NH by implementing evidence-based strategies to reduce unmet health needs, increase access to preventive health care, and facilitate the adoption of healthy behaviors.

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