Mathematica is one of two policy research centers that lead the SSA's Disability Research Consortium. The DRC fosters new research from a team of disability policy experts from Mathematica and three universities.
- Health Insurance and Employment Policy Issues for People with Disabilities
- Evaluation Research and Design
- Employment and Income Support
- Statistics and Measurement
- Medicaid and CHIP
Gina Livermore is an expert in evaluation research and design and employment policy and health insurance for people with disabilities. Her work focuses on improving the economic well-being and self-sufficiency of transition-age youth and working-age people with disabilities. Her work has also included research on the prevalence of long-term poverty and material hardship and access to health care for these groups.
Livermore, who joined Mathematica in 2007, is director of Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy and co-director of the Mathematica center that is part of the Social Security Administration’s Disability Research Consortium. She also serves as director of a national evaluation of a demonstration to address barriers to economic independence that Supplemental Security Income youth and their families face. She has extensively researched the quality of national disability data, including research on their limitations and potential improvements to the national system.
Livermore publishes widely and is the author of several chapters in Growth in Disability Benefits: Explanations and Policy Implications, The Decline in Employment of People with Disabilities: A Policy Puzzle, and Counting Working-Age People with Disabilities: What Current Data Tell Us and Options for Improvement. She publishes in journals such as the Journal of Disability Policy Studies, Health Affairs, Social Science Quarterly, and Social Security Bulletin. She is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and was formerly assistant director of Cornell University’s Institute for Policy Research and a vice president at the Lewin Group. She has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.P.H. in epidemiology from Tulane University.
Evaluation of the Pathways to Careers Program
The SourceAmerica® Pathways to Careers™ program helps individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or a primary diagnosis of autism obtain competitive integrated employment aligned with their skills, interests, strengths, and abilities. Mathematica is conducting an evaluation of Pathways.
Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) Project Demonstration
Mathematica is helping to develop a demonstration focused on improving the employment outcomes of state vocational rehabilitation clients who receive only SSDI benefits.
Evaluation of the Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income PROMISE Grants
Youth with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) face substantial barriers to economic independence in transitioning to adult life. The barriers are related to their health status, social isolation, service needs, and potential loss of disability benefits.
Employment Policy and Measurement Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
Mathematica is partnering with the University of New Hampshire’s Employment Policy and Measurement Research and Rehabilitation Training Center (RRTC) on a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to study and measure the impact...
Mathematica Disability and Health Experts Guest Edit, Contribute to Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal®
Mathematica Policy Research behavioral health and disability expert Crystal Blyler guest edited a special issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, which includes a number of articles coauthored by Mathematica disability and mental health experts.
Working Toward Success: Special Journal Edition Reveals New Evidence on Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities
A special issue of the Journal of Disability Policy Studies sheds new light on the employment and economic well-being of people with disabilities and describes the implications of existing and proposed policies designed to improve employment outcomes for this population.
Alternatives to Benefit Receipt: Special Journal Edition Offers Insights for Reducing Reliance on Disability Support Programs and Promoting Employment of People with Disabilities
A special issue of the IZA Journal of Labor Policy, compiled and co-edited by Gina Livermore, David Neumark, and David Wittenburg, explores the evolution of disability policy in the U.S., the factors contributing to growth in the disability rolls, and the potential for early interventions and employment...