UMass Boston

Dimity Peter

GISD - Dean's Office
Grad Prog Dir/Assoc Professor
Bayside Floor 04

Areas of Expertise

Employment for people with disabilities, education of rehabilitation counseling professionals, education of direct care workers supporting people with disabilities, empowerment and societal participation of people with disabilities, advocacy and social justice issues for people with disabilities, advocacy and inclusion for people who are frail and elderly


PhD, Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Studies, Syracuse University
MS, Rehabilitation Counseling, Syracuse University
BS, Psychology, Adelaide University, Australia

Additional Information

Dimity Peter began her career as a rehabilitation counselor for the Australian government, a position she held for 12 years. She worked as full-time faculty in the School of Special Education and Disabilities Studies at Flinders University in South Australia. In that role, she had the opportunity to teach in Thailand and the Middle East.

Until fall 2013, Dr. Peter was the program director of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island. Since her arrival at UMass Boston, Dr. Peter has acquired three US Department of Education grants totaling $2.5 million.

Dr. Peter has worked as a consultant on issues relating to inclusion, advocacy, and disability throughout Australia and the United States. She has also published book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles related to the inclusion and employment of individuals with a disability.  Her current research focuses on the experience of women with disabilities from Islamic countries.

View Dr. Peter's CV.