Senior Research Associate
Disability-related disparities in health and health care access; autism; economic well-being of people with disabilities and their caregiving families; intellectual and developmental disabilities; mother and child health; racial/ethnic disparities, poverty and people with disabilities; health care services and disability research; health insurance; health economics; cost-effectiveness analysis; cost-benefit analysis; large national dataset analysis; quantitative methods; statistical analyses.
- Akobirshoev, I., Mitra, M., McKee, M.. "Access to Medical Home Among Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing." The 2017 AcademyHealth’s Interest Groups Meeting. New Orleans, LA, US. June 2017. (forthcoming)
- Akobirshoev, I., Mitra, M., Parish, S. "Racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes and delivery related hospitalization costs among Massachusetts mothers with intellectual and developmental disabilities." 12th World Congress of the International Health Economics Association. Boston, MA, US. July 2017. (forthcoming)
- Akobirshoev, I., Mitra, M., Parish, S.L.. "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Birth Outcomes and Delivery Related Hospitalization Costs Among US Mothers with Intellectual and Developmental Disability." The 2017 AcademyHealth’s Interest Groups Meeting. New Orleans, LA, US. June 2017. (forthcoming)
- Akobirshoev, I., Parish, S.L., I. Doonan, S., & Igdalsky, L.. "Does neighborhood quality mediates racial disparities in access to medical home among children with special health care needs." (2017). (forthcoming)
- Mitra, M., Akobirshoev, I., Sammet Moring,N., Long-Bellil, L., Smeltzer, S., Smith, L., Iezzoni, L.. "Access to and satisfaction with prenatal care among pregnant women with physical disabilities: Findings from a national survey." Jounral of Women's Health (2017). (forthcoming)
- Sonik, R., Parish, S. L., Akobirshoev, I., Son, E., & Rosenthal, E.. "Prevalence, health care characteristics and material hardship experiences of US children with speech disorders: Evidence from three nationally representative surveys." (2017). (forthcoming)
- Akobirshoev I., Bowser, D., Parish S.L., Thomas, C., & Bachman, S.. "Does parental health mediate the relationship between parental uninsurance and insured children's health outcomes: Evidence from a national survey in the United States." Journal of Health and Social Work (2017): 1-9.
- Akobirshoev, I., & Nandakumar, A.K.. "Ending Violence in Childhood Index: Multiple imputation approach." Open Society Foundation North America Regional Conference, Chicago, IL. March 2017.
- Akobirshoev, I., Mitra, M., Parish, S. & Rosenthal, E.. "Birth Outcomes among US Women with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities." Disability and Health Journal (2017).
- Akobirshoev, I.. "Does mothers’ lack of health insurance negatively affect children’s health and health seeking behavior?." The 2012 Annual Meeting of Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP). Denver, Colorado, US. August 2012.
- Powell, R.M., Parish, S.L., & Akobirshoev, I.. "The health and economic wellbeing of US mothers with intellectual impairments." Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities (2017).
- Akobirshoev I., Parish, S.L., I. Igdalsky, L.. "Does neighborhood quality mediates racial disparities in the receipt of quality health care services among children with autism." The Annual Meeting of American Public Health Associations (APHA). Denver, Colorado, US. November 2016.
- Akobirshoev, I., & Mitra, M. "Postnatal hospital utilization and emergency department use among mothers with intellectual and developmental disability." Disability seminar course. Waltham, MA, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management. November 2016.
- Akobirshoev, I., & Nandakumar, A.. "Multiple imputation of Ending Violence in Childhood Index (EVIC) indicators." Round table meeting organized by NGO Know Violence. New York, NY, US. October 2016.
- Bowser, D., Wu, Z., Akobirshoev, I. Morrill, T, & Nandakumar, A.. "The impact of health care spending and income inequality on stunting prevalence." International Journal of Healthcare (2016).
- Monika Mitra, Ilhom Akobirshoev, Michael M. McKee, Lisa I. & Iezzoni.. "Birth Outcomes Among U.S. Women With Hearing Loss." American Journal of Preventive Medicine (2016).
- Powell, R.M., Parish. S.L., & Akobirshoev, I.. "Health of young children whose mothers have intellectual disabilities." American Journal on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (2016).
- Parish, S.L., Sonik, R., Akobirshoev, I., & Son, E.. "Understanding children with speech and language disorders in the National Survey of Children’s Health, the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs, and the Survey of Income and Program Participation." Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Evaluation of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability Program for Children with Speech Disorders and Language Disorders. Washington, DC.. May 2015.
- Akobirshoev, I.. "Cost-benefit analysis of scaling up evidence-based nutrition interventions in Tajikistan." Open Society Foundation Conference. New York, NY, U.S.. April 2013.
- Akobirshoev, I.. "Does mothers’ lack of health insurance negatively affect children’s health and health seeking behavior." The 140th Annual Meeting of American Public Health Associations (APHA). San Francisco, California, U.S.. October 2012.
- Beswick, J., Akobirshoev, I., & Nandakumar, A. What development actors and development practitioners need to learn from Kerala experience. Institute for Global Health and Development, The Heller School for Social Policy and Managment: 2011.
- Akobirshoev, Ilhom. "The situation of children and women in Tajikistan." The Ministerial meeting with UN agencies. Dushanbe, Tajikistan. April 2010.
- Akobirshoev, Ilhom. "Making pro-poor growth in Tajikistan sustainable." The National Conference on Poverty. Dushanbe, Tajikistan. May 2007.
- Akobirshoev, Ilhom. "The impact of global economic and financial crisis on Tajikistan." Public Financial Management Workshop. Istanbul, Turkey.. May 2007.
- Akobirshoev,I., Andersson,J., Ronnås, P., Sjöberg,O.. Making pro-poor growth in Tajikistan sustainable – an integrated economic analysis approach. Stockholm. Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency: 2007.
- Akobirshoev, Ilhom. Poverty update and assessment of development results in Tajikistan: Aga Khan Foundation’s Mountain Societies Development Support Program contribution. Dushanbe. Aga Khan Foundation’s Mountain Societies Development Support Program: 2005.
Ilhom Akobirshoev, PhD, MA, MSW is the Senior Research Associate at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. Dr. Akobirshoev’s research examines the contribution of different “contextual environments” – family, neighborhood, and other social and economic systems and health and social welfare policies – to disparities in health care service utilization, quality of care, health outcomes, and economic wellbeing, including racial/ethnic disparities in these indicators among highly vulnerable population of children and adults with disabilities, and their caregiving families. Dr. Akobirshoev’s current research projects include investigations of (1) racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes and hospitalizations costs among mothers with intellectual and developmental disabilities, (2) racial and ethnic disparities in health care access of children with special health care needs, (3) pregnancy and birth outcomes of women with intellectual and developmental disabilities, (4) trends, patterns, quality, and costs of hospital utilization among working-age adults with autism spectrum disorders. Currently, Dr. Akobirshoev is the co-investigator and main analyst of a federally funded grants focusing on: (1) examining the health needs and barriers to perinatal care among women with mobility disabilities, and (2) understanding pregnancy complications and outcomes among women with intellectual and developmental disabilities, (3) disability-related disparities in sex education, contraceptive use and unintended pregnancy, and (4) research on health and economic wellbeing of parents with disabilities research under the auspices of the newly established national research center on parents with disabilities funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). Dr. Akobirshoev also serves as an invited reviewer for the American Journal of Public Health, Disability and Health Journal, American Public Health Association, and Health and Social Work Journal. He is also a consultant to the Institute of Medicine, National Academies of Science and advises the Study Committee, Evaluation of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability Program for Children with Speech Disorders and Language Disorders. Prior to joining Brandeis, Dr. Akobirshoev was Social Policy Officer at the United National Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Before that, he was Senior Program Officer at the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). He received his PhD and MA in Social Policy from Brandeis University, and his MSW from Washington University in Saint Louis.
Awards and Honors
- Brandeis University Provost Dissertation Award (2015)
- The Heller School for Social Policy and Management Dissertation Award, 2015 (2015)
- The Open Society Foundation 2010 Doctoral Fellowship Program Scholarship (2010 - 2013)
- The Open Society Foundation 2003 Social Work Fellowship Program Scholarship (2003 - 2005)