Senior Research Associate
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Lived 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
Laura 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 on the Research Council for Supportive Living Inc Wellness Center for Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Research in Lexington, MA working with inter-disciplinary colleagues to implement a program of research to support the physical, cognitive, and social rehabilitation of individuals living with chronic brain injury. 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).
Brandeis University, Ph.D.
Brandeis University, M.A.
University of Massachusetts, Boston, M.Ed.
Bowdoin College, B.A.
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)
|EL||94a||Experiential Learning Practicum|
|HS||603c||Health Policy Doctoral Seminar|
|SJSP||103b||Introduction to Social Policy: Frameworks and Analysis|