The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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Ilhom Akobirshoev - Research Scientist 

Ilhom Akobirshoev, Scientist at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy Ilhom Akobirshoev, PhD, MA, MSW, is a Research Scientist at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. Before being hired at the Lurie Institute, Dr. Akobirshoev was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Lurie Institute. Dr. Akobirshoev's research examines the contribution of different "contextual environments" - family, neighborhood, and other social and economic systems and health and social welfare policies - to disparities in health care service utilization, quality of in health care, health outcomes, and economic wellbeing, including racial/ethnic disparities in these indicators among highly vulnerable populations of children and adults with disabilities, and their caregiving families. Dr. Akobirshoev's current research projects included investigations of (1) racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes and hospitalization costs among mothers with intellectual and developmental disabilities, (2) racial and ethnic disparities in health care access of children with special health care needs, (3) pregnancy and birth outcomes of women with intellectual and developmental disabilities, (4) trends, patterns, quality, costs of hospitalization among working-age adults with autism spectrum disorders. Currently, Dr. Akobirshoev is the co-investigator and bio-statistician of a federally funded grant focusing on: (1) examining the health needs and barriers to perinatal care among women with mobility disabilities, and (2) understanding pregnancy complications and outcomes among women with intellectual and developmental disabilities, (3) disability-related disparities in sex education, contraceptive use and unintended pregnancy, and (4) research on health and economic wellbeing of parents with disabilities funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). Dr. Akobirshoev also serves as an invited reviewer for the American Journal of Public Health, Disability and Health Journal, American Public Health Association, and Health and Social Work Journal. He is also a consultant to the Institute of Medicine, National Academies of Science and advises the Study Committee, Evaluation of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability Program for Children with Speech Disorders and Language Disorders.  Dr. Akobirshoev is the principal investigator on a new, grant-funded project investigating the health needs and experiences of children in Boston. Prior to joining Brandeis, Dr. Akobirshoev was Social Policy Officer at the United National Children's Fund (UNICEF). Before that, he was Senior Program Officer at the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). He received his PhD and MA in Social Policy from Brandeis University, and his MSW from Washington University in Saint Louis.


Disability-related disparities in health and health care access; autism; financial well-being of people with disabilities and their caregiving families; intellectual and developmental disabilities; mother and child health; racial/ethnic disparities; poverty and people with disabilities; health care services and disability research; health insurance; health economics; cost-effectiveness analysis; cost-benefit analysis; large national dataset analysis; quantitative methods; statistical analyses.


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