SOURCE: Kessler Foundation

Kessler Foundation

June 13, 2012 10:15 ET

Kessler Foundation Names John O'Neill, PhD, to Rehabilitation Research Team

WEST ORANGE, NJ--(Marketwire - Jun 13, 2012) - Kessler Foundation appointed John O'Neill, PhD, CRC, as vocational rehabilitation researcher, an inaugural position. Dr. O'Neill's expertise broadens the scope of the Foundation's rehabilitation research in mobility and cognition to include employment outcomes. He assumes the position in July 2012.

Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation, said, "The addition of Dr. O'Neill will further integrate employment considerations in our rehabilitation research. Restoring function is important but getting individuals with disabilities back to employment is crucial to self-sufficiency and community integration."

Dr. O'Neill, formerly of Hunter College of the City University of New York, has more than 30 years of experience in vocational rehabilitation research. He is a noted expert in how culture, race, gender and socioeconomic status affect social outcomes after disability. Dr. O'Neill also studies how physical and cognitive function, government benefits and healthcare coverage impact utilization of vocational services and job seeking by people with disabilities.

Dr. O'Neill said, "I'm eager to contribute my knowledge and skills related to employment and disability to the Foundation's philanthropic work and ongoing research on human performance, stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury."

Dr. O'Neill's research is federally funded by government agencies, including the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research. In addition to his work with Kessler Foundation, Dr. O'Neill will have academic appointments with the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey School of Medicine.

About Kessler Foundation
According to the 2010 Survey of Americans with Disabilities, only 21 percent of the 54 million people with disabilities are employed and are, therefore, twice as likely as able-bodied Americans to live in poverty. Kessler Foundation approaches this gap through science and grantmaking. Through rehabilitation research, the Foundation discovers ways to help people recover from stroke, multiple sclerosis and injuries to the brain and spinal cord. Through strategic funding and philanthropic leadership, Kessler Foundation has invested more than $25 million to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in the workforce.

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