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Thomas Golden

  • M.S., C.R.C.
  • Associate Director, Faculty
  • Cornell University
  • 22Followers
  • 15Following

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Thomas P. Golden is the Associate Director of the Employment and Disability Institute (EDI) in the ILR School at Cornell University and a professor in the area of disability studies. He has been on faculty since 1991 with his practice, research, teaching and publication focusing to date in four primary areas: social insurance policy and its relation to return to work and greater economic independence and self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities who receive public benefits and entitlements; national and global disability and employment policy; transition planning for secondary education students with disabilities to live, learn and earn in their communities; and, organizational development, transformation and systems change with an emphasis on facilitating diverse and inclusive communities. Since 1993, Thomas has secured close to $20,000,000 in federal and state grant sponsorship at Cornell. He is a contributor to the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) at EDI focused on Employer Practice as well as past two RRTCs focused on Economic Research on Employment Policy for Persons with Disabilities as well as the Disability Statistics and Demographics Center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. He is currently concluding a three year, six million dollar employment systems change grant sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services focused on removing barriers to work for New Yorkers with disabilities. Thomas has actively worked with the private proprietary and not-for-profit service delivery sector expanding community-based vocational rehabilitation services and supports and supporting transformation planning to integrated service delivery models. In addition to this work, he has provided extensive training and organizational development support on expanding the usefulness of existing work incentive programs and collaborating more effectively with the current federal/state and private vocational rehabilitation community—receiving an award in 2004 from the Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation (CANAR) in appreciation for devoted service to their mission to improve the quality of life for American Indians with disabilities. On an international front, under the sponsorship of the Rockefeller Foundation and with the support of the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the U.S. Department of Labor, Thomas was a joint investigator on a comparative analysis of return to work policy and practice in the United Kingdom and United States which culminated in an International Symposium hosted by the G.W. Bush White House. Under sponsorship from the International Labor Organization (ILO), Thomas recently completed an international educational curriculum and online toolkit that is being used in 13 developing countries to support the development of anti-discrimination legislation and policy impacting individuals with disabilities. Thomas also completed an international comparative study for the Government of Ireland’s Health Services Executive focused on person-centered planning innovations leading toward more integrated day services for individuals with disabilities. Most recently he presented at the III Congresso Brasileiro de Pericia Médica Previdenciária, providing an overview of the Social Security Administration (SSA) disability standard and sequential evaluation process used in the United States and innovations in the disability determination process. Continuing his collaborations with the ILO, during July 2011, he will be working with the United Nation’s (UN) Inter-Agency Support Group for the Conference on the Rights of People with Disabilities to launch a distance learning program in Geneva, Switzerland to aid developing countries in transforming segregated services and supports to more inclusive practices for citizens with disabilities. On a U.S. policy front, Thomas completed three terms on the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel in Washington DC under appointment from both President William Jefferson Clinton and Senator William Frist. He was also a member of a National Advisory Group established by the SSA to address adequacy of incentive issues under the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program. He has been called on multiple times to provide testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives’, Social Security Subcommittee—his contributions in the area of social insurance resulting in him receiving three commendations from the Commissioner of Social Security. Thomas was also accepted into membership of the National Academy on Social Insurance in 2004. From a public service perspective, Thomas is currently the President of the National Association of Benefits and Work Incentives Specialists, Board member of the Global Applied Disability Research Network (GLADNET) and a Trustee at Eastern Nazarene College serving as Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. Thomas and his wife Janel currently direct corporate worship at Grace Church of the Nazarene in Horseheads, NY and served in the same capacity at the First Church of the Nazarene in Waverly, NY from 1990 to 2007. In the past Thomas has served on the Board of the U.S. International Disability Council, Board of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education, served as Past-President for the Association of Educators of Community Rehabilitation Personnel and served on the Upstate New York Church of the Nazarene District Advisory Council. From 2003-2010, Thomas served as a member of the New York State Rehabilitation Council—serving as Chairperson in the final two years. For his efforts, he received an award from the New York State Education Department for Outstanding Leadership in 2010. Thomas resides in Waverly, New York with his wife Janel, three children (Sophie 16, Kaleb 13, and Josiah 9) and their Blue Tick Coonhound, Riley. Thomas graduated from Eastern Nazarene College (’86) with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He completed his graduate work in Rehabilitation Counseling at Syracuse University, is Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and is working toward completion of his doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

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  • Sara VanLooy

    Sara VanLooyCornell University ILR School

  • Teresa Danso-Danquah

    Teresa Danso-Danquah

  • Jennifer Mimno

    Jennifer MimnoCornell University

  • Michelle Podolec

    Michelle PodolecCornell University ILR School - New York City Metropolitan Area

  • muhammad riaz

    muhammad riaz

  • Laura Sanchez

    Laura SanchezUniOvi (Página oficial de la Universidad de Oviedo)

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Professional experience

Associate Director, Faculty

Cornell University

November 1991 - Present

Faculty / Associate Director

Cornell University's Employment and Disability Institute (ILR School)

November 1991 - Present


MS Rehabilitation Counseling

Syracuse University

September 1989 - May 1991(2 years)

BS Clinical Psychology

Eastern Nazarene College

September 1981 - January 1986(4 years)