Social Dynamics, LLC
Social Dynamics, LLC Leadership
Douglas Klayman, Ph.D., President
Gary Shaheen, Ph.D., Senior Fellow
Susan Labin, Ph.D., Senior Fellow

Social Dynamics was founded in 2002 to provide opportunities for people with disabilties including Training, Employment, Education & Socialization.



President and founder of Social Dynamics, LLC, Douglas Klayman, PhD., is an Applied Sociologist. He holds a doctorate degree in Sociology with a focus on statistical analysis, implementation of service delivery stragtegies and employment for individuals with disabilities. He designs and implements national and community-based research programs, including disability, workforce development, education, health, and youth services. He has worked in both government and private sector progams and serves as Project Director and Corporate Monitor for Social Dynamics.

Dr. Klayman received his Ph.D. from American University with an emphasis on individuals with disabilities. He has an M.A. in Applied Sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a Bachelors degree from American University.

He served as Editorial Board Member of the Journal Contemporary Sociology, a member of the American Sociological Association Task Force on Public Sociology and a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology.

He has reviewed for the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, the Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology, and Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Selected studies include the following: An Analysis of Financial Literacy for Youth With Disabilities, Personal Assistance Services, A Study of Attitudes Toward People with Disabilities, Aging Into Disability: A Study of the Impact of Disability and Chronic Conditions on Work.* He served as Statistical Sampling Lead for the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Design Study.

*Disability and Intersecting Statuses
Roherig, Charles, Ph.D., Douglas Klayman, Ph.D. and Christen Robinston. Research in Social Science and Disability, Volume 7, 189-204

Other projects include the Two-Tier Benefits Welfare Demonstration project. Under waivers received from the Federal government, this project evaluated welfare migration by varying the benefit levels in selected counties in the southern and southeastern parts of the country. A quasi-experimental design using Interrupted Time Series Analysis (ITSA) was used to evaluate the impact of policy changes.

Some early projects include the Parental and Family Responsibility Waiver Demonstration Project, the Chicago Healthy Start Process Evaluation and the Montgomery County (MD) 21st Century Community Learning Centers Evaluation. His favorite projects so far are the New Jersey Abbott Preschool Evaluation and Social Dynamics’ Study of Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers whose Children Participated in Head Start.

As an almateur of American University, he served as the graduate Program Coordinator and Adjunct Professor in Public Sociology, a program that he designed for American University. He has taught numerous college courses in such areas as policy analysis and research methods at universities in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area.


Social Dynamics is pleased to add, Gary Shaheen, Ph.D. to its project leadership team as a Senior Fellow. Dr. Shaheen previously served as Social Dynamics’ Director for Innovation and Applied Research from 2015-2019. He has deep experience directing T/TA Centers on both the national and state levels and is the author of numerous products on a range of disability employment issues, policies and practices.

For over forty years in the public, private and academic sectors, Gary has provided leadership and expertise to improving policies, programs and academic curricula that promote social, civic and economic inclusion of people with disabilities and/or disadvantages. He is also author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, training curricula and book chapters, including “Inclusive Entrepreneurship” (2015/2016), “Transformation of Center Based Work into

Integrated Opportunities into Integrated Opportunities for People with Disabilities” (2011), “Community Conversations: Supported Employment for People with Psychiatric Disabilities Curriculum” for the EI Lilly Corporation (2011) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)’s “Work as a Priority: A Training Program for Employing People with Psychiatric Disabilities who are Homeless” (2000), among many others. Gary brings in-depth knowledge of Customized Employment (CE), Supported Employment and Individual Placement and Support and has developed and delivered Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) through on-site and distance learning methods to improve employment and entrepreneurship outcomes for people with diverse disabilities, including veterans, and with employers and employer associations.

While serving with Social Dynamics, LLC located in Gaithersburg, MD, Dr. Shaheen supervised and contributed to national training and TA projects for improving integrated employment for people with disabilities and major research studies evaluating the effectiveness of federally-funded disability and employment initiatives. He has managed numerous research and training/TA projects for ODEP and other federal agencies on workforce collaborations serving people who are chronically homeless, veterans with disabilities, demonstration projects focusing on social and individual entrepreneurship and others. He has been an Adjunct Faculty at the Syracuse University Whitman School of Management and developed and taught a course on Inclusive Entrepreneurship that received a Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence in 2010.

While serving as the Vice President of the Syracuse University Burton Blatt Institute, he directed the National Veterans Technical Assistance Center providing T/TA to over 150 USDOL-VETS Homeless Veterans Reintegration Programs and was the Co-PI for New York’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant. Also, at Syracuse University and as Director for Community-Based Technical Support Initiatives for its Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Gary assisted in developing and teaching curricula in support of its nationally-recognized Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities. Gary has also consulted and provided training internationally on mental health, employment, and entrepreneurship topics including projects in Israel, the Netherlands, St. Maarten’s, Russia and in other countries, as well as in the US Pacific Territories.

In 2020, Dr. Shaheen served as a member of a Think Tank on Employment for People with Mental Health Challenges convened by the Department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMHSA) to provide input and recommendations for improving employment -related policies and practices. He has also provided his expertise as a Peer Reviewer for The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) and the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).


Dr. Susan Labin has expertise in research synthesis, a core methodology for developing evidence-based practice and cross-site evaluations. She has worked collaboratively internally and externally with a variety of stakeholders including other researchers, staff from community organizations, and senior managers in government, private industry, and labor unions. She has facilitated and led numerous working teams, workshops, and trainings to build evaluation capacity and improve program implementation and effectiveness.

Dr. Labin has a demonstrated versatility across a variety of substantive areas, including workforce policy, and has written and presented on short-time compensation. She has designed, managed, and conducted multi-million dollar national and local project studies. Dr. Labin has authored numerous reports, and has published a book chapter and articles, including two recent articles in the American Journal of Evaluation. One is on the future of evaluation methodology and the other is a research synthesis on evaluation capacity-building. She was previously the Director of Evaluation at the Washington, DC office of Temple University’s Institute for Survey Research. She has worked at the Federal level at the Corporation for National and Community Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Program Evaluation and Methodology Division of the U.S. Government Accountability Office.