John O'Neill, PhD

Headshot of John O'Neill, PhD with a Black Background
Center for Employment and Disability Research
Center for Grantmaking

Co-Project Investigator, John O'Neill, PhD is the director of employment and disability research at Kessler Foundation and has over 28 years of experience in vocational rehabilitation as a rehabilitation counselor educator, disability employment researcher, and advisor to state vocational rehabilitation agencies. Dr. O’Neill has been a PI or co-PI on six NIDILRR funded, five year research and training centers focusing on TBI and community integration, disability statistics, disability employment service system, and how individual and contextual factors relate to employment outcomes among people with disabilities.

Traumatic Brain Injury
Employment Outcomes
Disability Statistics
Community Integration
Disability Employment Service
PhD - Syracuse University
MS - Syracuse University
BA - Syracuse University
National Rehabilitation Association Metropolitan New York Chapter’s “Rehabilitation Program of Distinction”, 2011
CUNY, Hunter College’s “Presidential Award for Excellence in Applied Scholarship/Creative Work”, 2011.
City University of New York’s “Salute to Scholars”, December 2005 – 2011.
CUNY, Hunter College’s “Outstanding Leadership Award”, 2009.
National Rehabilitation Association Metropolitan New York Chapter’s “Distinguished Service Award”, 2004.
American Psychological Association, Division of Rehabilitation Psychology. Winner of the Student Paper Competition, 1979.
Collaborating Studies

W81XWH-17-1-0696 SC160165/Log Number, (PI: O’Neill) 9/30/17 – 9/29/20, DoD/CDMRP/USAMRAA  
Striving to Work and Overcoming Employment Barriers among Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury Role: Co-Investigator
Specific Aims: The major goals of this project are to use qualitative research methods to 1) examine how Veterans with SCI strive to work and overcome employment barriers and 2) compare ways in which Veterans with SCI treated in the VHA and SCIMS strive to work and overcome employment barriers.