John O'Neill, PhD

John O’Neill, PhD, is a national expert in disability employment, with more than 35 years of experience in vocational rehabilitation research. His research has been funded by federal grants and private sources including the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. He has served as project co-director of three employment-focused NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTC), as well as a co-investigator of the Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System. He is former principal investigator of the RRTC on the Community Integration of People with TBI, and worked for more than eight years on NIDILRR-funded research to improve vocational rehabilitation services for persons with AIDS. O’Neill has served on the NY Rehabilitation Council and is on the faculty of Hunter College of the City University of New York, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School’s Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. He is co-editor of National Trends in Disability Employment, a monthly report supported by NIDILRR that is issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire.

 

Expertise
Traumatic Brain Injury
Employment Outcomes
Disability Statistics
Community Integration
Disability Employment Service
Education
PhD - Syracuse University
MS - Syracuse University
BA - Syracuse University
Honors
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.