Director of Disability Employment Research
East Hanover, New Jersey
I am currently the Director of Employment and Disability Research at the Kessler Foundation, Research Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers University-NJ Medical School, Senior Research Scientist, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Professor Emeritus, Hunter College, CUNY and Project Co-Director of several funded research efforts: 1) Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Resource Facilitation: Early Inpatient and Assertive Outpatient VR Services for Individuals with SCI and; 2) Children’s Specialized Hospital Return-to-School Outcomes: Matching State Longitudinal K-12 Educational Data to Hospital Records and: 3) Department of Defense, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, Spinal Cord Injury Research Program, Qualitative Research Award. I have also directed three NIDILRR funded RRTCs: 1) Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Individual Characteristics; 2) Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics; 3) Employment Service System Rehabilitation Research and Training Center. I was also a principal investigator for 10 years within the NIDILRR funded RRTC on the Community Integration of People with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) where I led a research project to expand and evaluate an innovative approach for providing vocational rehabilitation services to people with TBI. For over eight years I led NIDILRR funded research to improve the quality of vocational rehabilitation services available to persons living with AIDS. For six years I was a member of the New York State Rehabilitation Council and was that Council’s representative working with the State vocational rehabilitation agency to create a comprehensive system of personnel development. As part my Council involvement, I chaired the Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee where I oversaw the New York State vocational rehabilitation agency needs assessment. I also directed the graduate program in rehabilitation counseling at Hunter College, CUNY for 25 years.