As a graduate school and research institution, the Heller School has pioneered in a variety of policy areas, including international health; mental health; substance abuse; children, youth, and families; aging; international and community development; developmental disabilities; philanthropy; and work and inequalities.  For fresh insight and current thinking into these topics, the Heller School welcomes media inquiries. Contact Bethany Romano of the Heller communications team or visit our faculty and researchers section to find an expert for your story.

Featured News

Monika Mitra

Lurie Institute for Disability Policy receives $4.375 million to establish Community Living Policy Center

Heller News Release
October 19, 2018

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, headed by Director Monika Mitra, will become the new home of the Community Living Policy Center (CLPC), a research initiative with the goal to improve policies and practices that promote community living outcomes for people with disabilities in the United States. The CLPC is funded by a five-year, $4.375 million grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This constitutes the single largest award that the Lurie Institute has received since it was established in 2007.

Recent News

Heller in the News
December 14, 2018

Massachusetts residents spent $80 million on low-value health care, report finds

In Masslive, Stuart Altman says insurers should distribute cards to patients informing them about low-value procedures.

Heller in the News
December 12, 2018

Anita Hill: Companies Should Treat Sexual Harassment as an Abuse of Power

In Fortune, Anita Hill says students have been very engaged in the effort to combat sexual violence on college campuses.

Heller in the News
December 12, 2018

Inequality of labor and decent work

On tbs eFM's "This Morning" in South Korea, David Weil discusses the fissured workplace and labor inequality.

Heller in the News
December 12, 2018

Fentanyl is the deadliest drug in America, CDC confirms

In CNN, Andrew Kolodny comments on a new report that shows fentanyl was involved in 29 percent of overdose deaths in 2016.

Heller in the News
December 10, 2018

As doctors taper or end opioid prescriptions, many patients driven to despair, suicide

In Fox News, Andrew Kolodny says government policies on opioids need to be even tougher and that opioids have an important role in very limited circumstances.

Heller in the News
December 10, 2018

Donald Trump And Robert Mueller: The End Game

In HuffPost, Robert Kuttner says Robert Mueller's investigation has now created a path to impeachment or resignation for President Trump.

Giselle Routhier

Heller News Release
December 06, 2018

Study Shows that Over Half of Urban Renter Households Experience Some Form of Housing Insecurity

Heller PhD candidate Giselle Routhier has developed a new index to measure housing insecurity.

Heller in the News
December 06, 2018

Why states might start taxing opioids

In Axios, Andrew Koldony says he supports taxing opioids because it will help reflect the drugs' true costs and may decrease opioid prescriptions.

Heller in the News
December 06, 2018

The Overdose Crisis Is So Bad That Some Experts Want To Prescribe Heroin To Treat Addiction

In Buzzfeed News, Andrew Kolodny says he has doubts about the use of prescription heroin to treat opioid addiction in the United States.

Heller in the News
December 06, 2018

‘Clearly the Tide Has Not Turned’: A Q&A With Anita Hill

The New York Times sits down with Anita Hill for a talk about her testimony and that of Christine Blasey Ford, as well as the work it will take to confront and redress sexual harassment.

Heller News Release
December 03, 2018

Heller Researchers Receive Grant to Build and Curate Online Repository of Opioid Epidemic Research

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded funding to Cindy Thomas to lead creation of the Brandeis Opioid Research Clearinghouse.

Heller in the News
December 03, 2018

Study: Dental painkillers may put young people at risk of opioid addiction

In the Washington Post, Andrew Kolodny says there's no reason for dentists to prescribe opioids to teenagers.

News Archives