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2017-2020

Career self-management through job crafting for people with disabilities, 

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) ($499,975).

Principal Investigator: Dr. Vidya Sundar

Purpose: The overarching goal of this project is to develop and test an intervention program to improve positive work outcomes and facilitate job growth among people with physical and mild cognitive disabilities by using career self-management strategies. The project is a mixed methods study to develop and test a career self-management intervention based on job crafting. Job crafting is an informal, idiosyncratic, strengths-based approach where employees are constantly redefining and renegotiating their daily job tasks. Job crafting includes modifying the physical (how and where the task is performed), cognitive (meaning attached to the job task), and relational (social interactions) boundaries inherent in the job task. Anticipated outcomes for study participants include: (1) improving occupational self-efficacy and work engagement, and (2) an understanding of how the job crafting approach can be used over the long-term to problem-solve barriers and to seize opportunities for career growth.

2018-2023

Five Year Blanket Purchase Agreement for Multiple Short-term Research and Evaluation Studies, Social Security Administration

Principal Investigator: Dr. Vidya Sundar

Purpose: Dr. Sundar is the Principal Investigaor and subject matter expert on a 5-year sub-contract awarded on behalf of the Office of Retirement and Disability Policy (ORDP) at the Social Security Administration. The contract includes a team of research and policy experts from Summit Consulting, LLC, the American Institutes for Research, Insight Policy Research and UNH.

The policy and research studies under this contract will assist ORDP in providing the necessary expertise to produce high quality, independent, and objective assessments of policy options facing the agency. The work focuses on broad trends in the economy and society affecting the programs administered by SSA, and on medical and vocational factors that impact the disability determination process. Findings from the projects shall provide evidence to assist and support policymaking at SSA. As of September 2019, our team was awarded 2 tasks under this contract.