The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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Photo of Joe CaldwellJoe Caldwell, Director, Community Living Policy Center

Dr. Caldwell has over 25 years of experience in the field of disability as a researcher, policy expert, and family member of a young adult with developmental disabilities. He is Director of the Community Living Policy Center within the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management. His work focuses on advancing policies and practices that enhance access to home and community-based services for individuals with disabilities, older adults, and family caregivers. 

In addition to the Community Living Policy Center, Dr. Caldwell partners with two other federally funded, multi-university research centers. He is co-PI of the Family Support Research and Training Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a researcher with the Research and Training Center on Home and Community-Based Services Outcome Measurement at the University of Minnesota.

Prior to joining Brandeis, Dr. Caldwell was Director of Long-Term Services and Supports for the National Council on Aging, where he led a coalition of over 40 national aging and disability organizations and advanced federal policy. Prior to that, he was a policy analyst at the Association of University Centers for Disabilities. As a Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Public Policy Fellow in 2009-10, he worked for the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee during passage of the Affordable Care Act. He has served on the boards of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities and the National Alliance for Caregiving.

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