Heller-Brown Building, 248
Departments/ProgramsThe Heller School for Social Policy and Management
DegreesBrandeis University, Ph.D.
Brandeis University, M.A.
University of Massachusetts, Boston, M.Ed.
Bowdoin College, B.A.
ExpertiseLived experience with health, healthcare, and disability; acquired brain injury; military and veterans health; harm reduction; instructional design; dissemination and outreach; facilitation and training; community-based participatory research; qualitative methods
ProfileLaura S. Lorenz is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Behavioral Health of the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy. Prior assignments have include serving as a member of teams studying a) payment incentives on patient adherence to medical treatment, b) health of combat veterans, c) harm reduction for problematic drug use, and d) lived experience with transitions to community living for individuals with chronic brain injury. She is Research and Education Director for the Supportive Living Inc Brain Injury Wellness Center in Lexington, MA working with a multidisciplinary team of academic and clinical professionals to research the effectiveness of long term fitness programs - physical, cognitive, and social - for brain injury, particularly severe brain injury in the chronic phase. Before coming to Brandeis, Dr. Lorenz worked more than 20 years in international development for UNICEF, World Food Programme, USAID and others as a writer, editor, and educator, focused on identifying and disseminating research, management improvement, and program results for global audiences. Her assignments often involved encouraging partnerships, project replication, and behavior change. She has published in peer review journals in the fields of sociology, health, and visual studies, and authored "Brain Injury Survivors: Narratives of Rehabilitation and Healing" (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010). Webpage
|EL||94a||Experiential Learning Practicum|
|HS||603c||Health Policy Doctoral Seminar|
|SJSP||103b||Introduction to Social Policy: Frameworks and Analysis|
Awards and Honors
Research and Travel Grant, Center for German and European Studies, Brandeis University (2012)
2010 Best Workshop Award, Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA), for "Talking with Pictures: Concepts and Hands-on Experience" (2011)
2011 Early Investigator Travel Award, National Institute for Drug Abuse (2011)
David Strauss Memorial Award, American Congress of Rehabilitation, Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (2008)
PhD Speaker, Fifty-seventh Commencement Exercises, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University (2008)
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, Doctoral Training Fellowship in Health Serivces Research and Policy Analysis, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2007)
Charrette, AL, Lorenz, LS, Fong, J, Lamson, KS, O'Neil-Pirozzi, T, and Demore-Taber, M. "Effects of an intensive exercise program on fitness and function for people with long term brain injury." 33rd Annual Brain Injury Conference, Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, Marlborough, MA. March 27, 2014.
Kolb, B and Lorenz, LS. "Let’s see: Participatory visual methods in practice." Imaginative Inquiry: Innovative Approaches to Interdisciplinary Research. Ed. C. Fogel, El Quinlan, and A. Quinlan. Palo Alto: Academica Press, 2014. pp. 79-92.
Larson, MJ, Mohr, BA, Lorenz, LS, Grayton, C, and Williams, TV. "General and specialist health care utilization in military children of Army service members who are deployed, chapter 6." Risk and resilience in U.S. military families. vol. 2 Ed. S. M. Wadsworth & D. Riggs. New York: Springer, 2014
Lorenz, LS. "Photovoice in practice: Ensuring safety and encouraging action." Qualitative Research for the Social Sciences. Ed. Lichtman, M. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, Inc., 2014. 173-178.
Hodgkin, D, Merrick, E, Horgan, CM, Lorenz, L, Ritter G, Panas L, Kasuba, P, Poskanzer, D, Nefussy, RA, and Goheen, E. "Testing the use of novel patient financial incentives to improve breast cancer screening rates." 141st Anual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Boston, MA. November 2-6.
Larson, MJ and Lorenz, LS. Upstream Opportunities for Reducing the Harm of Alcohol and Drug Use. Waltham, MA Institute for Behavioral Health, Brandeis University: 2013.
Larson, MJ, Lorenz, LS and Mohr, BA. "General and specialist health care utilization in military children of Army service members who are deployed." 63rd Annual Meeting, Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), New York, NY. August 10.
Lorenz, LS, O'Neil-Prozzi, T, Demore-Taber, M. "Transitional life experiences of the long term brain injury survivor: A qualitative study to understand survivors' perspectives." 90th Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research, American Congress of Rehabilitaiton Medicine (ACRM), Orlando, FL. November 14.
Lorenz, LS. "Brain injury: Narratives of rehabilitation and healing." Ninth Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. May 16.
Lorenz, LS. "Changing attitudes towards brain injury through communty-based, non-formal education." 63rd Annual Meeting, Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), New York, NY. August 11.
Merrick, E, Hodgkin, D, Horgan, C, Lorenz, L, Ritter, G, Panas L, Kasuba, P, Poskanzer, D, Nefussy, RA, and Goheen, E. "Testing novel low-cost financial incentives for patients to increase use of recommended mammography." Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Donaghue Foundation grantee conference, Philadelphia, PA. November.
Samayoa, S, Lorenz, LS, Demore-Tabor, M and O'Neil-Pirozzi, T. "Transitional life experiences of the long-term brain injury survivor: A qualitative study to understand survivors’ perspectives." 32nd Annual Brain Injury Conference , Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, Marlborough, MA. March 28.
Larson MJ, Mohr BA, Lorenz LS, Adams RS, Wooten NR, Funk W, Merrick EL, Jeffery DD, Williams TV. "Can we improve linkage of soldiers to post deployment alcohol use assessment and treatment services?." Annual Conference, Association for Medical Education in Substance Abuse, Washington, DC. November 3.
Lorenz, LS and Chilingerian, JA. "Using visual and narrative methods to achieve fair process in clinical care." Journal of Visualized Experiments 48 (2011).
Lorenz, LS. "A way into empathy: A 'case' of photo-elicitation in illness research." health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine 15. 2 (2011): 259-276.
Lorenz, LS. "Discovering a new identity after brain injury." Sociology of Health and Illness 32. 6 (2010): 862-879.
Lorenz, LS. "Visual metaphors of living with brain injury: Exploring and communicating lived experience with an invisible injury." Visual Studies 25. 3 (2010): 210-223.
Lorenz, LS. Brain injury survivors: Narratives of rehabilitation and healing. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010.
Lorenz, LS and Kolb, B. "Involving the public through participatory visual research methods." Health Expectations 12. (2009): 262-274.