Monika Mitra

Associate Professor and Interim Director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

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Contact

Email: mmitra@brandeis.edu
Office: Heller-Brown Building 362
Phone: 63807
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Expertise

health and disability research; public health approach to disability; disability-related disparities in health and health care access; violence against persons with disabilities; perinatal health of women with disabilities; reproductive health care access; unmet needs and barriers to care for people with disabilities

Courses

  • HS 607c - Disability, Health and Disparities Research Doctoral Seminar

Degrees

  • Boston University
    Ph.D.
  • Boston University
    M.A.
  • University of Calcutta
    M.Sc.
  • Loreto College
    B.Sc.

Monika Mitra

Associate Professor and Interim Director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

Profile

Dr. Monika Mitra is Interim Director and Associate Professor at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her research examines the health care experiences and health outcomes of working age adults with disabilities, with a particular focus on the perinatal health of women with disabilities, violence victimization against people with disabilities, and disability-related disparities in health and access to care. Her research has been supported by a range of federal and state funding sources, including the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Currently, Dr. Mitra is the Principal Investigator on two NICHD grants 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. She is co-PI on a newly established national research center on parents with disabilities funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) with the purpose of addressing knowledge gaps regarding the needs of parents with disabilities.
Dr. Mitra is a member of the Disability and Health Journal editorial board. She also serves on the Massachusetts Health and Disability Partnership, Massachusetts Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) Advisory Committee and the Massachusetts Pregnancy to Early Life Longitudinal Data System (PELL) Advisory Committee. Prior to joining Brandeis, Dr. Mitra was Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Senior Program Director for the Disability, Health and Employment Policy Unit, Center for Health Policy and Research at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Before that she was Senior Epidemiologist for the Office on Health and Disability at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She received her PhD and MA from Boston University, and her MS from Calcutta University, Kolkata, India.

Scholarship

  • Akobirshoev, I., Parish, S.L., Mitra, M., & Igdalsky, L.. "Birth outcomes of US women with intellectual and developmental disabilities.." Disability and Health Journal In press. (2017). (forthcoming)
  • Li H, Parish SL, Mitra M, Nicholson J.. "Health of US parents with and without disabilities." Disability and Health Journal In press. (2017). (forthcoming)
  • Long-Bellil LM, Mitra M. Smeltzer SC, Iezzoni LI.. "Experiences of pregnancy and childbirth among women with physical disabilities." Journal of Women’s Health.. in press (2017). (forthcoming)
  • Long-Bellil, L., Mitra, M., Iezzoni, LI., Smeltzer, S.C., & Smith, L.D.. "Experiences and unmet needs of women with physical disabilities for pain relief during labor and delivery.." Disability and Health Journal In press. Special Issue on Sexual and Reproductive Health (2017). (forthcoming)
  • Mitra M. "Postpartum health of women with intellectual and developmental disabilities: A call to action." Journal of Women’s Health. In press. (2017). (forthcoming)
  • Mitra, M, Long-Bellil L, Powell RP.. "Public Health Issues and Needs Related to Persons with Disabilities.." Ed. J. Kahn, N. Kass & A. Mastroianni (Eds.).. Oxford Handbook of Public Health Ethics, Oxford University Press., 2017 (forthcoming)
  • Moring, N.S., Parish, S.L., Mitra, M., & Alterio, N.. "After disclosure: A research protocol to respond to sexual assault and abuse disclosures in research with adults with intellectual disabilities.." Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities. Mitra M, Smith L, Smeltzer SC, Long-Bellil, LM, Moring NS, Iezzoni LI. Barriers In press. (2017). (forthcoming)
  • Powell R, Mitra M, Long-Bellil L, Smeltzer SC, Smith LD, Iezzoni LI.. "Family Attitudes and Reactions Towards Pregnancy Among Women with Physical Disabilities. Women's Health Issues.." Women's Health Issues. 2017 Feb 16. pii: S1049-3867(16)30238-9. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2017.01.003. [Epub ahead of print]. (2017). (forthcoming)
  • *Sannicandro, T., Parish, S.L., Fournier, S., Mitra, M., & Paiewonsky, M. (March 2017).. "Employment, income and SSI effects of postsecondary education for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.." 42nd annual meeting of the Association for Education Finance and Policy. Washington, DC.. Washington, DC.
  • Clements KC, Mitra M, Zhang J. Iezzoni LI.. "Pregnancy characteristics and outcomes among women at risk for disability from health conditions identified in medical claims." Women's Health Issues . Sep-Oct;26(5):504-10. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2016.06.001. Epub Jul 28. 2016.. (2017).
  • Long-Bellil, L., Mitra, M., Iezzoni, L.I., Smeltzer, S.C., & Smith, L.D. (November 2016).. "Experiences and unmet needs of women with physical disabilities for pain relief during labor and delivery.." American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Disability and Health Section Chair's Forum. Denver, Colorado.
  • Mitra M, Smith L, Smeltzer SC, Long-Bellil, LM, Moring NS, Iezzoni LI.. "Barriers to providing maternity care to women with physical disabilities: Perspectives from health care practitioners.." Disability and Health Journal DOI 10.1016/j.dhjo.2016.12.021. (2017).
  • Mitra M,. "Health equity and persons with disabilities.." Health Equity and Leadership Conference (HEAL), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health,. Invited. April, 2016..
  • Mitra M,. "The Intersections among health disparities, disabilities, health equity, and health literacy.." The roundtable on the promotion of health equity and the elimination of health disparities. National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.. June 14, 2016.
  • Mitra M.. "Barriers to perinatal care for women with physical disabilities: Making the case for inclusion.." Tuesday Talk. Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Brandeis University.. March 7, 2017..
  • Mitra M.. "Pregnancy outcomes and barriers to perinatal care among women with physical disabilities.." Serving the Underserved Addressing Heath Disparities for People with Disabilities. Harvard Medical School General Medicine Fellowship and Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship. January 27, 2017.
  • Mitra M.. "Pregnancy outcomes and barriers to perinatal care among women with physical disabilities: Making the case for inclusion.." Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch Speaker Series Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. National Institutes of Health.. (Invited). February 2, 2017.
  • Mitra, M., Parish, S.L., Clements, K., & Zhang, Y. (September 2016).. "Population-based study of antenatal hospital utilization and costs among women with intellectual and developmental disabilities.." 2016 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference
  • Mitra, M., Parish, S.L., Clements, K.M., & Zhang, J. (August 2016).. "Antenatal hospitalizations among women with intellectual and developmental disabilities.." World Congress for the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD). Melbourne, Australia.
  • Mitra, M., Smeltzer, S.C., Smith, L.D., Iezzoni, L.I., & Long-Bellil, L. (November 2016).. "Barriers and facilitators to providing prenatal care to women with physical disabilities: Perspectives from health care practitioners.." American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Disability and Health Section Chair's Forum.. Denver, Colorado.
  • Mitra, M.. "Panel moderator: Targeting supports and interactions with disability.." Academy Health Disability Research Interest Group Annual Meeting.. Boston, MA. June, 2016.
  • Parish, S.L., Mitra, M., Akobirshoev, I., & Igdalsky, L. (August 2016).. "Fetal outcomes among women with intellectual and developmental disabilities.." World Congress for the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD).. Melbourne, Australia.
  • Smeltzer SC, Mitra M, Long-Bellil L, Iezzoni LI, Smith LD.. "Perinatal Experiences of Women with Physical Disabilities and their Recommendations for Clinicians." Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. Nov - Dec;45(6):781-789. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2016.07.007. Epub 2016 Sep 10.. (2017).
  • Mitra M, Akobirshoev I, McKee M, Iezzoni LI.. "Pregnancy outcomes among women with hearing loss.." American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Dec;51(6):865-873. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2016.08.001. Epub 2016 Sep 26. 2016. (2016).
  • Mitra M, Long-Bellil LM, Iezzoni LI, Smeltzer SC, Smith LD.. "Pregnancy among women with physical disabilities: Unmet needs and recommendations on navigating pregnancy.." Disability and Health Journal . pii: S1936-6574(15)00212-5. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2015.12.007.. (2016).
  • Mitra M, Mouradian V, Fox MF, Pratt C.. "Prevalence and Survivor-Perpetrator Characteristics of Lifetime and Past-Year Sexual Violence Victimization against Men with Disabilities.." American Journal of Preventive Medicine. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2015.07.030. (2016).
  • Mitra, M, Long-Bellil L, Iezzoni LI, Smeltzer SC, Smith LD. "Pregnancy among women with physical disabilities: Unmet needs and recommendations on navigating pregnancy." Disability and Health Journal Jan 2. pii: S1936-6574(15)00212-5. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2015.12.007. [Epub ahead of print]. (2016).
  • Parish SL, Mitra M, Iezzoni, LI.. "Health promotion." From Inequity to Equity: Improving the Health and Well-being of Women with Disabilities.. Ed. Signore C & Miles-Cohen S. Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association, 2016. 61-69.
  • Parish SL, Mitra M.. "Pregnancy outcomes of women with intellectual and developmental disabilities.." Arc of the United States, Health Matters and the Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago.. Webinar. January 2016.
  • Clements KM, Mitra M, Zhang J.. "Pregnancy Characteristics and Birth Outcomes Among Women with Disabilities Identified Through Medical Claims.." American Public Health Association. Chicago. 2015.
  • Long-Bellil, Mitra M, Smeltzer SC, Iezzoni LI.Mitra, Monika. "Impact of physical disability on women's experiences throughout pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum." Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association.. Chicago. 2015.
  • Mitra M, Clements KM, Zhang J, Iezzoni LI, Smeltzer S, Long-Bellil L.. "Maternal characteristics, pregnancy complications and adverse birth outcomes among women with disabilities.." Medical Care doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000427 (2015).
  • Mitra M, Clements KM, Zhang Y, Smith LD.. "Disparities in Adverse Preconception Risk Factors between Women with and without Disabilities." Maternal and Child Health Journal DOI: 10.1007/s10995-015-1848-1. (2015).
  • Mitra M, Iezzoni, LI, Zhang J, Long-Bellil L, Smeltzer S, Barton B.. "Prevalence and risk factors for postpartum depression among women with disabilities.." Maternal and Child Health Journal. Feb;19(2) 362-72. Doi: 10.1007/s10995-014-1518-8.. (2015).
  • Mitra M, Long-Bellil LM, Smeltzer SC, Iezzoni LI.. "A Perinatal Health Framework for Women with Physical Disabilities." Disability and Health Journal Oct;8(4):499-506.. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2015.05.007. (2015).
  • Mitra M, Parish SL, Clement KM, Cui X, Diop H.. "Pregnancy outcomes of women with intellectual and developmental disabilities.." American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Dec 26. pii: S0749-3797(14)00578-9. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2014.09.032.. (2015).
  • Mitra M. Clements KM, Zhang J.. "Disparities in Emergency Care Utilization during Pregnancy and at Postpartum among Women with Disabilities.." CityMatCH Annual Urban MCH Leadership Conference. Salt Lake City, UT. 2015.
  • Parish SL, Mitra M, Son E. Bonardi A, Swoboda PT, Igdalsky L.. "Pregnancy outcomes among US women with intellectual disabilities." American Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities. Sep;120(5):433-43. doi: 10.1352/1944-7558-120.5.433.. (2015).
  • Mitra M, Clifford CJ, Smith LD, Landers B, Tanenhaus R, Simpson May G.. Health Needs Assessment of People with Disabilities in Massachusetts, 2013.. Boston, MA MA Department of Public Health and University of Massachusetts Medical School.: 2014.
  • Mitra M, Mouradian V.. "Intimate partner violence among men with disabilities in the US: Relative prevalence and health correlates." Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI: 10.1177/0886260514534526.. (2014).
  • Mitra M, Parish SL, Cui X, Diop H, Clements KM.. "Using longitudinal data to examine pregnancy outcomes among women with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities.." International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Vienna, Austria. 2014.
  • Mitra M. Clements KM, Zhang J.. "Oral health care during pregnancy among women with and without disabilities.." Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association.. New Orleans, LA. 2014.
  • Parish SL, Mitra M, Son E, Bonardi A, Swaboda P.. "A national profile of deliveries by women with intellectual disabilities in the US: Maternal characteristics and pregnancy outcomes.." International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Vienna, Austria. 2014.
  • Benjamin G. Mitra M, Graham C, Krahn K, Luce S, Fox M, Hootman J, Ghiya N, Popovic T.. "Public Health Practices to Include Persons with Disabilities." 2013.
  • Bonardi A, Lauer E, Mitra M, Bershadsky J, Taub S, Noblett C.. Expanding Health Surveillance of Adults with Intellectual Disability in the United States.. Waltham, MA Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research (CDDER), E.K. Shriver Center University of Massachusetts Medical School.: 2012.
  • Mitra M, Lu E. Diop H.. "Smoking among pregnant women with disabilities.." Women’s Health Issues Mar;22(2):e233-9.. (2012).
  • Mitra M, Mouradian V, McKenna M.. "Dating violence and associated health risks among high school students with disabilities.." Maternal and Child Health Journal (2012).
  • Gettens J, Mitra M, Henry AD, and Himmelstein J.. "Working-age persons with disabilities share in the gains of Massachusetts health reform.." Inquiry Vol. 48, No. 3, pp. 183-196.. (2011): 2011.
  • Mitra M, Bogen K, Heaphy D, Long L.. "Unmet needs for home and community-based services among persons with disabilities in Massachusetts." Disability and Health Journal 4(4):219-228.. (2011).
  • Mitra M, Manning SE, Lu E.. "Physical abuse around the time of pregnancy among women with disabilities." Maternal and Child Health Journal May;16(4):802-6.. (2011).
  • Mitra M, Mouradian V, Diamond M. "Sexual violence victimization against men with disabilities." American Journal of Preventive Medicine 41(5) 494-7.. (2011).
  • Heaphy DG, Mitra M, Bouldin ED.. "Disability and Health Inequity.." Public Health Perspectives on Disability: Epidemiology to Ethics and Beyond.. Ed. D.J. Lollar and E. Andresen. New York.: Springer, 2010
  • Mitra M, Wilber N, Allen D, Walker DK. "Prevalence and correlates of depression as a secondary condition among adults with disabilities." American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 75 (1): 76-85.. (2005).
  • Mitra M, Chung MC, Wilber N, Walker DK.. "Smoking status and quality of life: A longitudinal study among adults with disabilities.." American Journal of Preventive Medicine 27(3):258-260.. (2004).
  • Wilber N, Mitra M, Walker DK, Allen D, Meyers AR, Tupper P.. "The Massachusetts Survey of Secondary Conditions: Design and baseline results." Milbank Quarterly. 80:2.. (2002).
  • Meyers AR, Mitra M, Walker DK, Wilber N, Allen D.. "Predictors of secondary conditions in a sample of independently-living adults with spinal cord injury.." Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. 6:1. (2000).
  • Chatterjee L, Mitra M.. "Labor force participation of the disabled in the United States: Public policy and distributional impacts.." . Annals of Regional Science. 32:3.. (1998).

Awards and Honors

  • Appointed to Academy Health Disability Research Interest Group Advisory Committee (2017)
  • Appointed to Disability and Health Journal Editorial Board (2016)
  • Appointed to Disability Section Executive Committee, American Public Health Association (2014 - 2016)
  • Elected Program Chair of Disability Section, American Public Health Association (2014 - 2016)