Nancy Lurie Marks Professor of Disability Policy, Director, Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, and Director, PhD Program
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
autism; Medicaid; poverty and people with disabilities; health care access of women with intellectual disabilities; support for family caregivers of adults and children with disabilities; financial well-being of people with disabilities and their caregiving families
Susan L. Parish, PhD, MSW is the Nancy Lurie Marks Professor of Disability Policy and Director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. 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 the impact of health and poverty policies on people with disabilities and their caregiving families. Her research has been funded by federal, state, and foundation sources, including HRSA and the US Department of Education (NIDRR). At the Heller School, she directs the doctoral program in social policy. Parish 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.
University of Illinois, Chicago, Ph.D.
Rutgers University, M.S.W.
Rutgers University, B.A.
Awards and Honors
appointed to Steering Committee on Research Gaps and Opportunities on the Causes and Consequences of Child Hunger, National Academy of Science (2013)
elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (2013)
Heller School Annual Teaching Award (2011)
"Research Matters!" Distinguished Research Award, Arc of the United States (2009)
Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award, Society for Social Work and Research (2009)
Fellow, American Association on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (2009)
Overall Outstanding Professor, School of Social Work Student Organization, 2005, 2008 & 2009 (2009)
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