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Senior Scientist and Senior Lecturer

ljeffers@brandeis.edu  •  Heller-Brown Building  • 349  •  781-736-3757


heatth and health care inequities;intersectionality; diversity and inclusion; evaluation studies; race/ethnicity/gender and social and health policy; women and gender studies


  • EL 94a - Experiential Learning Practicum
  • HS 249f - Social Justice, Management, and Policy
  • HS 515a - Race/Ethnicity and Gender in Health and Human Services Research
  • HS 527a - Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Public Policy
  • HS 529a - Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in Social Policy
  • HS 604c - Assets and Inequalities Doctoral Seminar
  • HSSP 114b - Racial/Ethnic and Gender Inequalities in Health and Health Care


  • Boguslaw, J., Venner, S., Santos, J., Nsiah-Jefferson. Perspectives and Practices of New Hampshire Health Care Employers. Waltham, Mass Institute for Assets and Social Policy: 2015.
  • Doupe, M, Nsiah-Jefferson, L., Santos, J. Institute for Assets and Social Policy, Heller School Brandeis University (April 2015).. Culturally Effective Health Organizations: A Framework For Success,. Waltham, Mass Institute for Assets and Social Policy: 2015.
  • Boguslaw, J., Venner, S., Santos, J., Nsiah-Jefferson (2013). Perspectives and Practices of New Hampshire Health Care Employers,. Waltham, Mass Institute on Assets and Social Policy, Heller School, Brandeis University. (addresses perspectives on workforce diversity).: 2013.
  • Gibbs BK, Nsiah-Jefferson L., McHugh M, Triveda A, & Prothrow-Stith D.. "Reducing racial and ethnic health disparities: An outcomes oriented research and policy agenda.." Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 2006 31. 1 (2012).
  • Nsiah-Jefferson, Laurie A.. "Pharmacogenomics: Considerations for communities of color." Pharmacogenomics: Social, ethical and clinical dimensions.. Ed. M. Rothstein. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley @ Sons, 2012. 267-290.
  • Triveda A., Gibbs B, Nsiah-Jefferson L., Ayanian Z, & Prothrow-Stith. ".Creating a state minority health report card.." Health Affairs 24. 2 (2012): 388--96.
  • Nsiah-Jefferson, Laurie A.. "Nsiah-Jefferson, L. Inequities in Health Care and African-American Women: Intersectional Applications of Research and Policy: In: Black Women’s Health: Challenges and Opportunities. New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc; pp: 1-56.", 2009
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Dr. Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson holds faculty and senior scientist positions at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She is affiliated with the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy, the Institute on Assets and Social Policy, and the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy. She is also an affiliated faculty member in the African and Afro-American Studies Department and the Women and Gender Studies (WGS) Program. She chairs the WGS Concentration of the MPP Program, and is the coordinator, and advisor to students enrolled in the MPP/WGS Joint Degree Program with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Nsiah-Jefferson chairs the Heller Diversity Steering Committee, chairs the MPP Diversity Subcommittee, and is leading diversity efforts for the Heller Ph.D program. Two years ago she was a Davis Teaching and Learning Fellow working with a cohort of Brandeis faculty to explore innovations in pedagogy for effective teaching and student learning. Finally she is an international affiliate of Simon’s Fraser University’s Institute for Intersectionality, Research and Policy.

Dr. Nsiah-Jefferson earned a joint Ph.D. in Social Policy with a concentration in Health Policy/ Health Services from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and a M.A. in Women and Gender Studies from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Brandeis University. She received an M.P.H, in Health Services Administration from Yale University School of Medicine, Dept. of Epidemiology and Public Health. In addition she holds a B.A. in African and Afro-American Studies and Politics from Brandeis University.

Dr. Nsiah-Jefferson formerly served as the Director of Health Disparities at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA; Policy Analyst at the Civil Rights Project at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA; Research Scientist for the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Trenton, NJ; and a Senior Research Associate at Columbia University School of Public Health, New York. She has also been awarded numerous fellowships including the H. Jack Geiger Congressional Fellowship to work with the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, Washington D.C; W.K. Kellogg Fellow in Health Policy Research, Waltham, MA; Senior Fellow for the National Center for Health Behavior Change, Morgan State University, Baltimore MD. Furthermore she has had visiting scholar positions at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health's Center for Minority Health, and Suffolk University Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights

Furthermore she has brought her expertise to bear on social and health inequities as a consultant to several entities including: the Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Dept. of Public Health, Rutgers University School of Social Work and Law, the Boston Public Health Commission, The University of Connecticut, School of Medicine, the Consortium of Boston Teaching Hospitals, and the USDHHS. She has also served on several boards at the local and national levels as well.

Dr. Nsiah-Jefferson’s research interests relate to the simultaneous intersections between aspects of social difference and identity (e.g. race and ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, age, immigrant status, ability etc.), and forms of systematic oppression (racism, sexism, classism etc.) at micro and macro levels, and its impact on various social outcomes. She is also interested in the relationship between health and wealth inequities and its impact on the well-being of women of color and young children; the role of racial and ethnic discrimination on health status; disparities in health care quality ands services. Her current research projects are focused on health workforce diversity, nursing home report cards for diverse populations, the role of philanthropy in the creation of healthy communities, and racism/discrimination on health outcomes. Her current book project addresses Intersectionality and Policy in the African American community.



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Awards and Honors

  • Harry S. Levitan Award for Excellence and Leadership in Education (2015)
  • Heller Mentoring Award (2015)
  • Affiliate Intersectionality Institute for Policy and Research, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia (2014)
  • Faculty Mentor, Doris Dukes Fellowship for Child Well-being and Promotion, Chapin Hall University of Chicago (2014)
  • Nominated by Brandeis Students for Acts of Kindness (2013)
  • David Teaching and Learning Fellowship (2012)
  • Shiff Fellowship Faculty Mentor (2011 - 2012)
  • Visiting Scholar, Womens Center for Health and Human Rights, Suffolk University (2010 - 2012)
  • Research Clerkship, Center for Minority Health, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health (2009 - 2010)
  • Senior Fellow, National Center for Health Behavioral Change (2009)
  • Certificate for Distinction in Teaching, Derek Bok Center for Teaching, Harvard University (2008)
  • Isak Kazes Prize in Women’s and Gender Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Brandeis University (2006)

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