Corinne Kirchner

Corinne Kirchner

Corinne Kirchner

Sociomedical Sciences


Sociomedical Sciences - Mailman School of Public Health
New York NY USA 10032
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Dr. Corinne Kirchner, a sociologist, directs the Department of Policy Research and Program Evaluation at the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). She is co-editor-in-chief of Disability Studies Quarterly, the journal of the Society for Disability Studies (SDS), and is former president of the organization. Dr. Kirchner is also Consulting Editor for Research of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. Her research has concentrated on concepts, measures and policy uses of socio-demographic statistics on disability, with funding from the U.S. National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, the National Science Foundation, and other public and private funders. She served on the advisory committee on the Decennial Census for the U.S. Department of Commerce, and in a similar capacity for other federal and university research programs. Dr. Kirchner has twice served as president of the New York Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, held various offices in the "Disability Forum", a special interest group of the American Public Health Association, and has chaired a task force on disability in the American Sociological Association, where she has also been active in the medical sociology section.


PhD, 1987, Columbia University
BA, 1957, Barnard College
M Phil, 1967, Columbia University

Mailman Affiliations

member, Advisory Committee, Center for the Study of Social Inequalities and Health

Editorial Boards

Consulting Editor for Research & Editorial Board, Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Disability Studies Quarterly (2003-2006)
(former) Editorial Board, Journal. of Disability Policy Studies

Columbia Affiliations

Faculty Fellow, Institute for Social and Economic Research & Policy

Other Affiliations

Honors & Awards

Commendation for Research, Teaching and Advocacy in the Disability Field, National Association of Rehabilitation Research andTraining Centers, 2004
Distinguished Service Award, NY Chapter, American Association for Public Opinion Research, 2004
George Keane Award, highest award of the NY Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, 1997
First recipient of award in my name: Corinne Kirchner Research Award of the American Foundation for the Blind
Career Achievement Award, NY Chapter, American Association for Public Opinion Research- 2011

Select Publications

Barnartt, Sharon(Ed.) Disability as a Fluid State Emerald Group Publishing Bingley, UK 131-158 2010

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