Senior Research Associate

Cathy Chambless is a senior research associate working on applied research projects that include needs assessment, program planning, and program evaluation.

Recent projects include designing and testing a new needs assessment tool for the Division of Services for People with Disabilities, contributing to the ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment) project as an evaluation team member, acting as a senior site liaison for the implementation team for four states on the BOND (Benefit Offset National Demonstration) project, and reviewing and summarizing literature for the National Council on Disability on effective strategies to increase employment for SSDI and SSI beneficiaries.

Dr. Chambless received her B.A. in Sociology from Santa Clara University, a Master in Educational Psychology from the University of Utah, and Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah. She completed her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy at the University of Utah, writing her dissertation on the relationship between natural supports and social integration in supported employment. In addition to her research work, Dr. Chambless also co-directs the Disabilities Studies Graduate Certificate Program and teaches in the MPA program. Prior to working at the University of Utah Dr. Chambless worked in management for the Utah Department of Health, the Utah Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, and the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation.