The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy is dedicated to improving the lives of people with autism and other disabilities across the lifespan through innovative social policies that foster inclusion into the mainstream of society. The Lurie Institute conducts research on disability policy in the United States with a special emphasis on autism, focusing on the lifespan of persons with disabilities and their families, and analyzing policy options for achieving the broadest integration of persons with disabilities into the mainstream of U.S. society, including their own voices in such analyses.

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy was created with a generous gift from the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation. Through research, policy development, education, and public engagement, the Lurie Institute provides a comprehensive approach to addressing disability issues across the lifespan. Brandeis’ ongoing scientific research into developmental disabilities, including autism, also informs the Institute’s activities.


The mission of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy is to promote inclusive and effective policies that improve the well-being of children and adults with disabilities and their caregiving families.



Research Associate, Robyn Powell, MA, JD, PhD Candidate, was recently selected to receive the American Public Health Association Disability Section Student Incentive Award. This award is given in recognition of an outstanding research abstract submitted for the 2017 APHA annual meeting. 

The Lurie Institute is pleased to announce an opening in our postdoctoral research training program in disability policy research.  Job Description can be found here. If you need more information, please email Assistant Director, Michelle Techler (

The Lurie Institute would like to wish a warmhearted congratulations to our inaugural director, Dr. Susan Parish, who has accepted a position as Dean of the  Bouvé College of Health Science at Northeastern University. We thank Dr. Parish for her tremendous leadership of Lurie since its inception, which will be truly missed. We would also like to welcome Dr. Monika Mitra, of Lurie, who will begin serving as the interim director of the Lurie Institute on March 15th, 2017. Read more: 

Dr. Ilhom Akobirshoev, Senior Research Associate at Lurie, recently published a new  article for the Health and Social Work journal called: "Does Parental Health Mediate the Relationship between Parental Uninsurance and Insured Children's Health Outcomes? Evidence from a U.S. National Survey." Please email  for more information.

Dr. Monika Mitra, Director, Dr. Ilhom Akobirshoev, Senior Research Associate, and Eliana Rosenthal, Research Associate published "Birth outcomes among US women with intellectual and developmental disabilities" in Disability and Health Journal. Please email for more information. 

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