Thomas Golden

Executive Director
Extension Faculty

201 Dolgen Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

Phone: (607) 255-2731
Fax: (607) 255-2763

Thomas Golden

Thomas P. Golden, Ed.D., CRC, is the Executive Director of the Yang-Tan Institute in the ILR School at Cornell with his practice, research and publication focused in four primary areas as they relate to individuals with disabilities: social insurance policy and its relation to return to work and greater economic independence and self-sufficiency; transition planning for youth to live, learn and earn in their communities; organizational behavior and systems change with an emphasis on facilitating inclusive communities and integrated service delivery options; and, workforce development and vocational rehabilitation.  As a faculty member he also teaches in the disability studies sequence in the ILR School.

Since joining faculty in 1991 he has managed over $270 million in federal and state-sponsored research, training and organizational development initiatives focused on expanding employment and return to work options, community participation and inclusion of people with disabilities—most recently leading NYS PROMISE, a federal experimental research demonstration focused in testing and identifying evidence-based practices to support the successful adult transition of youth who receive Supplemental Security Income.  On an international front, under the sponsorship of the Rockefeller Foundation and with the support of the Social Security Administration 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 White House. Under sponsorship from the International Labor Organization (ILO), Thomas completed an international educational curriculum that is being used in over 20 third-world 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 most integrated day services for individuals with disabilities.

Most recently, Thomas served on the National Advisory Group for the National Council on Disability on enforcement of federal disability civil rights laws, as well as the US Department of Labor’s SSI Youth Recipient and Employment Transition Community of Practice.  Thomas completed three terms on the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel under appointment from both President William Jefferson Clinton and Senator Bill Frist. He was also a member of an Advisory Group established by the SSA to address adequacy of incentive issues under the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program. Thomas is a founding member and past-President of the National Association of Benefits and Work Incentives Specialists; member of the Guthrie Healthcare Systems Internal Review Board; a Trustee at Eastern Nazarene College serving as Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. Thomas is also an active member of the National Academy on Social Insurance; the Academy for Human Resource Development; Academy of Management; and, Association for Persons in Supported Employment.  Thomas has served on the Board of the U.S. International Disability Council; Global Applied Research Network on Employment and Disability; Board of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education; Past-President for the Association of Educators of Community Rehabilitation Personnel; and, Chaired the NYS Rehabilitation Council for several years.


Ed.D. 2016 – The George Washington University
M.S. 1992 - Syracuse University, Rehabilitation Counseling
B.A. 1986 - Eastern Nazarene College, Clinical Psychology
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor -- #27926