Debra L. Brucker

Institute on Disability
Phone: (603) 862-4320
Office: Institute on Disability, 10 West Edge Drive, Durham, NH 03824

Dr. Debra Brucker is a Master in Public Policy faculty member. Dr. Brucker has over 20 years of applied health and social policy research experience. She has held research positions in academic institutions, private research organizations, and state government agencies. In her current position as a research assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability, Dr. Brucker uses national survey data to examine the economic, health, and social well-being of persons with disabilities. Her federally funded work in this area has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Archives of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationDisability and Health Journal, and Social Science Quarterly. Dr. Brucker also has nearly 10 years of undergraduate and graduate quantitative methods and public policy teaching experience.

Dr. Brucker received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Delaware. She earned her doctorate in urban planning and public policy from Rutgers University. 


  • Ph.D., Resource Planning/Dev, Rutgers University
  • M.A., Public Administration, University of Delaware
  • B.A., Criminal Justice/Safety, University of Delaware
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Delaware

Selected Publications

Brucker, D. L., & Helms, V. (2019). Health, Health Behaviors, and Health Care Utilization Among Adults with Serious Psychological Distress Who Receive Federal Housing Assistance.. The journal of behavioral health services & research. doi:10.1007/s11414-018-09647-z

Brucker, D. L., & Doty, M. (2018). Community mental health center staff attitudes about employment for persons with serious mental illness.. Psychiatric rehabilitation journal. doi:10.1037/prj0000326

Reichard, A., Stransky, M., Brucker, D., & Houtenville, A. (2018). The relationship between employment and health and health care among working-age adults with and without disabilities in the United States. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1-9. doi:10.1080/09638288.2018.1465131

Sundar, V., & Brucker, D. L. (2018). Personal and Organizational Determinants of Job Satisfaction for Workers With Disabilities. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 003435521877027. doi:10.1177/0034355218770272

Brucker, D. L., Helms, V., & Souza, T. (2018). Health and Health Services Access Among Adults With Disabilities Who Receive Federal Housing Assistance. Housing Policy Debate, 28(2), 248-266. doi:10.1080/10511482.2017.1357048

Brucker, D. L., & Houtenville, A. J. (2015). People With Disabilities in the United States. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 96(5), 771-774. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2015.02.024

Brucker, D. L., Mitra, S., Chaitoo, N., & Mauro, J. (2015). More Likely to Be Poor Whatever the Measure: Working-Age Persons with Disabilities in the United States*. Social Science Quarterly, 96(1), 273-296. doi:10.1111/ssqu.12098

Houtenville, A. J., & Brucker, D. L. (2014). Participation in Safety-Net Programs and the Utilization of Employment Services Among Working-Age Persons With Disabilities. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 25(2), 91-105. doi:10.1177/1044207312474308

Hagner, D., Kurtz, A., Cloutier, H., Arakelian, C., Brucker, D. L., & May, J. (2012). Outcomes of a Family-Centered Transition Process for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 27(1), 42-50. doi:10.1177/1088357611430841

Brucker, D. L., & Stewart, M. (2011). Performance-Based Contracting Within a State Substance Abuse Treatment System: A Preliminary Exploration of Differences in Client Access and Client Outcomes. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 38(3), 383-397. doi:10.1007/s11414-010-9228-5

Most Cited Publications