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 is a researcher and educator with international experience communicating program, policy, and research impacts for global audiences. Her areas of expertise include qualitative research methods, narrative and visual research, community-based participatory research, lived experience with chronic conditions, disability policy, advocacy, and translation of research findings to interventions and continuing education. Recent studies include a) community integration of older adults with chronic acquired brain injury (ABI), b) health and functional impacts of exercise for adults with chronic moderate-to-severe ABI, c) cost-effectiveness of residential services and supports for adults with chronic moderate-to-severe ABI, d) an evaluation of continuing education programs for HIV/AIDS clinicians, e) a training needs assessment of Medical Case Managers for HIV/AIDS clients, and f) lived experience with transitions to community living for adults with chronic moderate-to-severe ABI. She is visiting scholar at the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University and director of research and education for the non-profit organization Supportive Living. Webpage
|HS||603c||Health Policy Doctoral Seminar|
|SJSP||103b||Introduction to Social Policy: Frameworks and Analysis|
Awards and Honors
Grant for the study "Talking with Pictures: Community Integration of Older Adults with Brain Injury" (2014 - 2015)
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)
David Strauss Memorial Award, American Congress of Rehabilitation, Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (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 - 2008)
Berger, John and Lorenz, Laura S., ed. Disability and Qualitative Inquiry: Methods for Rethinking an Ableist World. London: Ashgate, 2015.
Lorenz, Laura S. and Paiewonsky, Maria. "Sharing the Results of Visual Methods Research: Participation, Voice, and Empowerment." Disability and Qualitative Inquiry: Methods for Rethinking an Ableist World. Ed. Berger, John and Lorenz, Laura S. London: Ashgate, 2015
Lorenz, Laura S.. "Book Review: Picturing disability: beggar, freak, citizen, and other photographic rhetoric by." by Robert Bogdan, Martin Elks and James A. Knoll. Visual Studies 2015
Lorenz, Laura S.. "Chapter 12: Living with Brain Injury: Participatory Visual Methods and Narrative Analysis." Disability and Qualitative Inquiry: Methods for Rethinking an Ableist World. Ed. Berger, John and Lorenz, Laura S. London: Ashgate, 2015
Lorenz, Laura S.. "There will be some changes made: A survivor perspective on post-acquired brain injury residential transition." Brain Injury (2015).
Lorenz, Laura S.. "Video Review: Extreme by Design." Visual Studies 2015
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
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. "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.
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.