Noelle K. Kurth, M.S.

Noelle Kurth
  • Research Associate

Contact Info

4089 Dole Human Development Center
1000 Sunnyside Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Noelle Kurth is a Research Associate at the University of Kansas Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies, Life Span Institute. Her work in the disability field for over 20 years has included state and federally-funded research projects on improving health, employment, and post-secondary education outcomes for people with disabilities. She has extensive experience conducting survey research, including survey design and multi-modal administration, data collection, management, and analyses. Further, in recent years she has worked to establish strong working relationships with staff in government, community and university agencies to develop increased capacity for data sharing and outcomes analyses. One specific interest is connecting primary data to administrative datasets to more fully measure the longitudinal impact interventions and public policy have on the health and quality of life of people with disabilities. Years of serving as a caregiver and medical decision-maker for relatives with Huntington's Disease (HD) gives her much personal experience with the myriad of disabling factors associated with HD and strengthens her commitment to the disability field. Her commitment to people with disabilities has taken her to Tanzania, East Africa to volunteer time working in remote, rural villages to help improve access to much needed healthcare services and education for people with disabilities, including HIV/AIDS. 

Selected Publications

Hall, J. P., Batza, K., Streed, C. G., Boyd, B. A., & Kurth, N. K. (2020). Health disparities among sexual and gender minorities with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi:10.1007/s10803-020-04399-2. (Reviewed/Refereed)

Hall, J. P., & Kurth, N. K. (2019). A comparison of health disparities among Americans with intellectual disability and/or autism spectrum disorder and Americans with other disabilities. Inclusion, 7(3), 160-168. doi:10.1352/2326-6988-7.3.160 (Reviewed/Refereed) (Invited)

Ipsen, C., Kurth, N.K., McCormick, S., Hall, J.P., & Chambess, C. (2019). Engaging SSI youth and families with ASPIRE services. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation,51(2), 211-224. doi: 10.3233/JVR-191039 (Reviewed/Refereed)

Hall, J. P., LaPierre, T. A., & Kurth, N. K. (2019). Medicaid managed care: Issues for enrollees with serious mental illness. American Journal of Managed Care, 25(9), 500-506. PMID: 31518095 (Reviewed/Refereed)

Hall, J. P., Kurth, N. K., Gimm, G., & Smith, S. (2019). Perspectives of adults with disabilities on access to health care after the ACA: Qualitative findings. Disability and Health Journal, 12(3), 350-358. doi:10.1016/j.dhjo.2019.01.014 (Reviewed/Refereed)

Hall, J. P., LaPierre, T., & Kurth, N. (2018). Oral health needs and experiences of Medicaid enrollees with serious mental illness. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 55, 470-479. doi:10.3233/JVR-180991 (Reviewed/Refereed)

Hall, J. P., Shartzer, A., Kurth, N. K., & Thomas, K. C. (2018). Medicaid expansion as an employment incentive program for people with disabilities. American Journal of Public Health, 108(9), 1235-1237. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2018.304536 (Reviewed/Refereed)

Thomas, K. C., Shartzer, A., Kurth, N. K., & Hall, J. P. (2018). Impact of ACA health reforms for people with mental health conditions. Psychiatric Services, 69(2), 231-234. doi:10.1176/ PMID: 29137555 (Reviewed/Refereed)

Meucci, M. R., Kurth, N. K., Shireman, T. I., & Hall, J. P. (2018). Availability of Medicaid home- and community-based services for older Americans and people with physical disabilities. Home Health Care Services Quarterly, 37(1), 41-59. doi:10.1080/01621424.2018.1425175 (Reviewed/Refereed)

Hall, J. P., Ipsen, C., Kurth, N. K., Chambless, C., McCormick, S., & Goe, R. (2017). Letter: Under-representation of certain disability groups by the American Community Survey (ACS). Disability and Health Journal, 10(4), 457-458. doi:10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.06.001 (Reviewed/Refereed)

Hall, J. P., Shartzer, A., Kurth, N. K., & Thomas, K. C. (2017). Effect of Medicaid expansion on workforce participation for people with disabilities. American Journal of Public Health, 107(2), 262-264. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2016.303543 (Reviewed/Refereed)

Hall, J. P., Kurth, N. K., & Averett, E. P. (2016). Asset building: One way the Affordable Care Act may improve health and employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Journal of Disability Policy Study, 26(4), 252-256. doi:10.1177/1044207314544370

Hall, J. P., Kurth, N. K., Chapman, S. C., & Shireman, T. I. (2015). Medicaid managed care: Issues for beneficiaries with disabilities. Disability and Health Journal, 8(1), 130-135. (Reviewed/Refereed)

Hall, J.P., Kurth, N.K. & Fall, E.C. (2012). Discrepancy among BRFSS, Social Security, and functional disability measurement. Disability and Health Journal, 5(1):60-63

Kurth, N.K., Fall, E.C., & Hall, J.P. (2011). Working Healthy Data Chartbook, 2nd edition: Evaluation of the Kansas Medicaid Buy-In 2002-2010. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas.