Brigida Hernandez

Director of Research
YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities


Brigida is the Director of Research at YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities. Established in 1957, YAI has over 5,500 employees and serves approximately 20,000 individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Prior to her employment at YAI, she was an Assistant Professor at DePaul University (Chicago), Department of Psychology. Currently, she holds an appointment as a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since 1994, she has conducted disability research with a particular focus on employment issues.