I teach graduate and undergraduate coursework related to inclusive workplace practices and worker rehabilitation, human occupation, and research methods. My research and scholarly interests include programs and policies that promote employment outcomes of individuals with disabilities. My recent research interest is in career advancement and management strategies for people with disabilities.
I am the Principal Investigator of a three year Field Initiated Research Project (funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research) to develop and test the use of job crafting as an intervention strategy to improve work-related self-efficacy engagement among persons with disabilities.
Prior to this position, I served as the project director and program evaluator of several federally funded initiatives on employment, aging in the community, and chronic homelessness.
Dr. Vidya Sundar is an Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy at the University of New Hampshire. Her research interests include community living and employment of individuals with disabilities, particularly around conceptual and psychometric issues in measuring workplace accommodations and in survey research related to workplace issues for individuals with disabilities. She currently collaborates with the UNH Institute on Disability on three federally funded research projects that focus on disability in the workplace and community living among individuals with disabilities. Dr. Sundar received her Ph.D. in rehabilitation Science from the University at Buffalo in 2007.
HHS 540: Stats for Health Professionals
HMGT/OT 520: Happy and Healthy at Work
HMGT/OT 598: Happy & Healthy at Work
OT 760L: Psychosocial Eval & Interv Lab
OT 760L/860L: Psychosocial Eval & Interv Lab
OT 785: Research Methods
OT 860L: Psychosocial Eval & Interv Lab
OT 886: Engagement in Research
Ph.D., Rehabilitation Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
B.S., The Tamil Nada Dr M.G.R Medical University
Persons with Disabilities - Services For
Vocational Services for People With Disabilities
Worker Attitudes and Technology
Forcino, R. C., Rotenberg, S., Morrissette, K. J., Godzik, C. M., Lichtenstein, J. D., Schiffelbein, J. E., . . . Lyons, K. D. (2023). Exploring Acceptability of Employment Interventions to Support People Living With Cancer: Qualitative Study of Cancer Survivors, Health Care Providers, and Employers.. JMIR Form Res, 7, e47263. doi:10.2196/47263
Kalargyrou, V., Sundar, V., & Jahani, S. (2023). Managers’ attitudes toward employees with depression and organizational citizenship behaviors in the hospitality industry: assessing the mediating role of personality. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 35(2), 602-629. doi:10.1108/ijchm-01-2022-0082
Fyffe, D. C., Lequerica, A. H., Ward-Sutton, C., Williams, N. F., Sundar, V., & O'Neill, J. (2022). Understanding Persons With Disabilities' Reasons for Not Seeking Employment. REHABILITATION COUNSELING BULLETIN, 66(1), 3-12. doi:10.1177/00343552211006773
Sundar, V., & Brucker, D. L. (2022). Work limitations as a moderator of the relationship between job crafting and work performance: results from an SEM analysis of cross-sectional survey data. JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL REHABILITATION. doi:10.1007/s10926-022-10055-6
Houtenville, A. J., Phillips, K. G., & Sundar, V. (2021). USEFULNESS OF INTERNET SURVEYS TO IDENTIFY PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: A CAUTIONARY TALE. JOURNAL OF SURVEY STATISTICS AND METHODOLOGY, 9(2), 285-308. doi:10.1093/jssam/smaa045
Sundar, V., O'Neill, J., Houtenville, A. J., Phillips, K. G., Keirns, T., Smith, A., & Katz, E. E. (2018). Striving to work and overcoming barriers: Employment strategies and successes of people with disabilities. JOURNAL OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION, 48(1), 93-109. doi:10.3233/JVR-170918
Sundar, V., Brucker, D. L., Pollack, M. A., & Chang, H. (2016). Community and social participation among adults with mobility impairments: A mixed methods study. DISABILITY AND HEALTH JOURNAL, 9(4), 682-691. doi:10.1016/j.dhjo.2016.05.006
Schuh, M. C., Sundar, V., & Hagner, D. C. (2015). Friendship Is the Ocean: Importance of Friendship, Acceptance, and Leadership in the Transition to Adulthood. CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND TRANSITION FOR EXCEPTIONAL INDIVIDUALS, 38(3), 152-161. doi:10.1177/2165143414528031
Sundar, V., Fox, S. W., & Phillips, K. G. (2014). Transitions in caregiving: evaluating a person-centered approach to supporting family caregivers in the community.. J Gerontol Soc Work, 57(6-7), 750-765. doi:10.1080/01634372.2013.847885
Tomita, M. R., Mann, W. C., Stanton, K., Tomita, A. D., & Sundar, V. (2007). Use of currently available smart home technology by frail elders process and outcomes. TOPICS IN GERIATRIC REHABILITATION, 23(1), 24-34. Retrieved from https://www.webofscience.com/