David Mann

David Mann

Senior Researcher
  • Employment for people with disabilities
  • Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Medicaid home- and community-based services
  • Evaluation research and design
Focus Areas
  • Disability
  • Economic Well Being and Income Support
  • Transition to Adulthood
  • Medicaid and CHIP
  • Health
About David

David Mann’s work is focused on improving programs that provide employment, income support, or health services to youth and working age adults with disabilities. He helped evaluate Social Security Administration (SSA) initiatives that promote employment for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries, including Ticket to Work, the Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND), and the Promoting Opportunity Demonstration (POD).

Mann currently leads the evaluation for the Vocational Resource Facilitation Demonstration, which is funded by the SSA to test a new employment support model for people who have recently experienced neurotrauma. He has research, evaluation, and lived experience with the vocational rehabilitation, including youth transition and people receiving subminimum wages. Mann oversees Mathematica’s work for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics, which is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to produce new knowledge that can improve the well-being of people with disabilities. He also has experience studying home and community-based services for Medicaid beneficiaries, including state 1915(c) waiver programs.

Mann publishes in peer-reviewed publications such as the Journal of Human Capital, the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Journal of Disability Policy Studies, Demography, and Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Key Projects
  • 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.

  • HCIA Evaluations: Primary Care Redesign

    Mathematica evaluated the 14 primary care redesign programs, which operate at different levels (that is, physician practices, hospitals, or health systems). The evaluation team assessed improvements in the coordination, efficiency, and quality of patient care.

Latest News
  • The Employment/Eligibility Service (EES) System

    The authors of a new working paper describe a proposal that would start the modernization of economic security for workers who experience work-threatening medical conditions by creating a new gateway for them to access employment supports and SSDI benefits.