Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Social Policy; Director, Institute for Child Youth and Family Policy
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Public health, racial/ethnic disparities in health and social determinants of health, social policy and health
Dolores Acevedo-Garcia is Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, and Director of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. From 1998 to 2011, she was a faculty member at the Harvard School of Public Health (1998-2009) and Northeastern University (2009-2011). She is Project Director for diversitydata.org, an indicator project on racial/ethnic equity in U.S. metropolitan areas, and for diversitydatakids.org (launch expected Fall 2013), a comprehensive database of indicators on child wellbeing and opportunity by race/ethnicity across multiple sectors (e.g., education, health, neighborhoods) and geographies. Diversitydatakids.org will also incorporate systematic reviews, indicators and case studies on policies that may help improve the lives of vulnerable children and promote child equity. Both diversitydata.org and diversitydatakids.org are supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She is also a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Housing and Families with Children. Her professional activities include invited presentations at the HUD/MacArthur Foundation “How Housing Matters” Conference (2011, 2012), and at the White House conference on the Future of Rental Housing Policy (2010). She served on two national expert panels convened by the Centers for Disease Control (Housing and Health, and Social Determinants of Health), and on the expert panel for the award-winning PBS documentary series “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making us Sick?” She serves on the Social Science Advisory Board of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, and the National Coalition on School Diversity. She has served on the board of directors for the Fair Housing Center for Greater Boston, and the Committee on the Analysis on Impediments to Fair Housing (Boston Office for Civil Rights). Her research focuses on the social determinants (e.g. residential segregation, immigrant adaptation) of racial/ethnic health disparities; the role of social policies (e.g. housing policies, immigrant policies) in reducing those disparities; and the health and well-being of children with special needs. She received her B.A. in public administration from El Colegio de Mexico (Mexico City), and her MPA-URP and Ph.D. in Public Policy with a concentration in Demography from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Princeton University, Ph.D.
Princeton University, MPA-URP
El Colegio de Mexico, B.A.
Awards and Honors
One of the top 20 most-read papers in Health Affairs for 2008. Citation: Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Theresa L. Osypuk, Nancy McArdle, and David Williams. (2008) “Towards a Policy Relevant Analysis of Geographic and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Child Healt (2009)
Harvard School of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Citation (2008)
Harvard School of Public Health Mentoring Award (2003)
Charles Westoff Prize for Excellence in Demographic Research (awarded for dissertation research) (1996)
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