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  • 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.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2019 Personal and Organizational Determinants of Job Satisfaction for Workers With DisabilitiesRehabilitation Counseling Bulletin.  62:170-179. 2019
    2018 Striving to work and overcoming barriers: Employment strategies and successes of people with disabilitiesJournal of Vocational Rehabilitation.  48:93-109. 2018
    2016 Community and social participation among adults with mobility impairments: A mixed methods study.Disability and Health Journal.  9:682-691. 2016
    2016 An evaluation framework to measure usability of Assistive Technology at workplace: A demonstration studyJournal of Vocational Rehabilitation.  44:213-226. 2016
    2015 Friendship Is the Ocean: Importance of Friendship, Acceptance, and Leadership in the Transition to AdulthoodCareer Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals.  38:152-161. 2015
    2014 Transitions in caregiving: evaluating a person-centered approach to supporting family caregivers in the community.Journal of Gerontological Social Work.  57:750-765. 2014
    2010 The Efficacy Of the Renew Model: Individualized School-To-Career Services for Youth At Risk of School DropoutJournal of At-Risk Issues.  15:19-26. 2010
    2008 The use of ICF codes for information retrieval in rehabilitation research: an empirical study.Disability and Rehabilitation.  30:955-962. 2008
    2007 Use of currently available smart home technology by frail elders process and outcomesTopics in Geriatric Rehabilitation.  23:24-34. 2007
    Career self-management through job crafting for individuals with disabilities: A mixed methods study
    Differences in Work Engagement and occupational self-efficacy among people with and without disabilities
    Managerial attitudes towards employees with depression in the hospitality industryInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
    Operationalizing workplace accommodations for individuals with disabilities: A scoping reviewWork.  56:135-155.
    Role of home and community environment in recovery following arthroplasty: A mixed methods studyAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
    Self-reported barriers to employment among unemployed individuals with disabilities: Findings from the 2015 Kessler Foundation National Survey on Disability and Employment
    The Effects of coping mechanisms on the recovery and return to community among patients with cardiac illnesses
    Towards better disability and employment measures in national surveys
    Volunteering as represented in occupational therapy and occupational science journals: A scoping review

    Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2016 Current Trends in Employment of Individuals With Disabilities: Emerging Role of Occupational TherapistsAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy. 7011505131p1-7011505131p1. 2016
    2006 Effects of Currently Available Smart Home Technology on Frail EldersAssistive Technology Research Series. 43-53. 2006
    When They’re in my Arms: An Occupational Risk Assessment for Early Childcare Professionals

    Teaching Activities

  • Engagement in Research Taught course 2020
  • Happy and Healthy at Work Taught course 2020
  • Research Methods Taught course 2020
  • Engagement in Research Taught course 2019
  • Happy & Healthy at Work Taught course 2019
  • Research Methods Taught course 2019
  • Human Occupation Taught course 2018
  • Happy & Healthy at Work Taught course 2018
  • Research Methods Taught course 2018
  • Senior Honors Thesis Taught course 2018
  • Human Occupation Taught course 2017
  • Research Methods Taught course 2017
  • Senior Honors Thesis Taught course 2017
  • Engagement in Research Taught course 2016
  • Ergonomics and OT Taught course 2016
  • Human Occupation Taught course 2016
  • Research Methods Taught course 2016
  • Senior Honors Thesis Taught course 2016
  • Engagement in Research Taught course 2015
  • Human Occupation Taught course 2015
  • Human Occupation Taught course 2015
  • Human Occupation Taught course 2015
  • Occupatn, Identity, Disability Taught course 2015
  • Senior Honors Thesis Taught course 2015
  • Engagement in Research Taught course 2014
  • Human Occupation Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

    Full Name

  • Vidya Sundar
  • Mailing Address

  • University of New Hampshire

    Occupational Therapy department

    115 Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way

    Durham, New Hampshire  03824

    United States