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Susan Parish - Senior Scientist

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Susan Parish, Senior Scientist at the Lure Institute for Disability Policy Susan L. Parish, PhD, MSW, is the Dean of the Bouvé College of Health Science at Northeastern University. Dr. Parish also served as the Lurie Institute's inaugural director through 2016. Her research examines the health and financial well-being of children and adults with disabilities, as well as their caregiving families. She is particularly interested in family support, the health of women with intellectual disabilities, and the impact of health and poverty policies on people with disabilities and their families. She is currently principal investigator on a study funded by the US Department of Education (NIDRR) that is testing an intervention to increase cervical and breast cancer screening of women with intellectual disabilities. She is co-principal investigator on an HRSA-funded study of the health care access of children with autism. At the Heller School, she teaches classes in disability policy and both quantitative and qualitative research methods. She has won numerous awards for her teaching and her research, including the Padgett Early Career Achievement Award from the Society for Social Work and Research and the Research Matters! award from the Arc of the United States. She is a Fellow of the American Association of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities.  More


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