The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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Monika Mitra - Director 

Photo of Monika Mitra, Interim Director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

Curriculum Vitae

Monika Mitra, PhD, is the director and associate professor at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Before September 2018, she served as the Interim Director of the Lurie Institute. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her research examines the health care experiences and health outcomes of working age adults with disabilities, with a particular focus on the perinatal health of women with disabilities, violence victimization against people with disabilities, and disability-related disparities in health and access to care. Her research has been supported by a range of federal and state funding sources, including the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  Currently, Dr. Mitra is the Principal Investigator on two NICHD grants 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.  She is PI on a newly established national research center on parents with disabilities funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) with the purpose of addressing knowledge gaps regarding the needs of parents with disabilities. She also has extensive experience in public health program development, evaluation, and implementation. She received her PhD and MA from Boston University, and her MS from Calcutta University, Kolkata, India.  More


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