Jody Schimmel Hyde

Jody Schimmel Hyde

Senior Researcher; Deputy Director, Center for Studying Disability Policy
  • Return to Work Programs for Federal Disability Beneficiaries
  • Employment of Individuals with Disabilities
  • Interaction Across Federal and State Programs Supporting Individuals with Disabilities
  • Issues Relating to the Health and Retirement of the Near-Elderly and Elderly
Focus Areas
  • Disability
  • Employment and Income Support
  • Human Services
About Jody

Jody Schimmel Hyde's primary research interest is in policies to promote independence and self-sufficiency among individuals with disabilities, with a strong interest in adults nearing retirement. Her work covers policies related to employment and health care.

Schimmel Hyde is the deputy director of Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy. She has directed multiple research studies through the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Disability Research Consortium (DRC). She currently is leading projects to assess occupational transitions among older adults experiencing disability onset, the financial well-being of working-age disability beneficiaries, and return-to-work activities of federal disability beneficiaries. In addition, she leads Mathematica's training activities under the DRC, including the summer fellowship program in disability policy research. She also directs Mathematica's research activities under the Employment Policy and Measurement Rehabilitation and Research Training Center (EPM-RRTC) and is conducting studies under that project related to the implications of health reform on workers with disabilities.

Schimmel Hyde has extensive experience conducting quantitative analyses using administrative data from the Social Security Administration (SSA), and using those data linked to nationally representative data sources including the Health and Retirement Study, Survey of Income and Program Participation, Current Population Survey, and American Community Survey. In the past, she has conducted studies related to the role of obesity in federal disability determinations, the impact of Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansions on disability program applications, SSA's Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Planning and Assistance programs, the Medicaid Buy-In, and Medicaid Infrastructure Grants.

Schimmel Hyde holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Key Projects
  • Disability Analysis File

    The Disability Analysis File is a set of research-ready data files with Social Security Administration data of all SSDI and SSI beneficiaries between age 18 and Full Retirement Age who received disability benefits since 1996 and child beneficiaries under age 18 who received benefits since 2005.

  • Disability Research Consortium

    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.

Latest News
  • IZA-Journal-rotator-7-24-14
    Alternatives to Benefit Receipt

    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...