Scientist & Lecturer
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Health services research and community-based evaluation with a focus on behavioral health
Mary Brolin, Ph.D., a Scientist at the Schneider Institute for Behavioral Health within the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, has worked in the substance abuse field for 22 years conducting health services research and evaluating community-based prevention and treatment programs. Her research interests focus on the intersection of substance abuse treatment services with other service systems. Dr. Brolin conducts qualitative and quantitative research on mental health and substance abuse treatment services for chronically homeless individuals, screening and brief intervention (SBI) projects in primary care settings, and jail diversion and prison re-entry programs. She is currently participating on the evaluation teams for the Massachusetts Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (MASBIRT) Project, which links project data and Medicaid data to assess behavior changes and cost offsets and the Massachusetts Access to Recovery Project.
Dr. Brolin is a lecturer in the Masters in Public Policy (MPP) at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. In the past few years, she has mentored five NIAAA trainees on their dissertation and course work. Currently, she advises one NIAAA trainee and four MPP students, and has recently or currently serves on three dissertation committees.
Dr. Brolin received a Ph.D. from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, a Masters in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in sociology from Boston College.
Brandeis University, Ph.D.
University of Chicago, M.A.
Boston College, B.A.
Awards and Honors
Section Leadership Award -- American Public Health Association, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Section (2004)
Finalist: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Developing Leadership in Reducing Substance Abuse Program (2003)
NIAAA Doctoral Training Grant (1995)
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