Behavioral Health Concentration

Kathleen Dennehy

Kathleen Dennehy, MPP, has worked for thirty-two years in the Massachusetts correctional system, mostly recently as a prison warden and as the Commonwealth's first female Commissioner of the Department of Corrections. She holds a BA in Government, an MPA and an MA in Social Policy. Currently, as a part-time employee of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, she works with the US Department of Justice as a subject matter expert.
Brooke Evans, MA, MSW, LCSW, CSAC, PhD Student studying health and behavioral health policy

Brooke Evans

Brooke Evans, MA, MSW, LCSW, CSAC, is a PhD student studying health and behavioral health policy. She received her MA in Social Policy from the Heller School; MSW and Certificate in Public Policy from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa; and BA in Communications and Political Studies from Whitworth University. Her research interests focus on the organization, financing, and management of integrated health care systems, with a particular emphasis in implementation science.  Currently, she works as a Research Assistant with the Brandeis-Harvard NIDA Center and the Brandeis Health Plan Survey, as the Assistant Director for the 2017 Princeton Conference, and teaches health and mental health policy courses. She has published in the American Journal of Managed Care and been a co-author on a number of policy reports. She is a National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Pre-Doctoral Fellow, and prior to coming to the Heller School she worked as a clinician, supervisor, and director in behavioral health treatment programs in Hawai‘i.
Brandy Henry, LICSW, MSW, PhD student studying behavioral health policy

Brandy Henry

Brandy Henry, LICSW, MSW, is a PhD candidate studying behavioral health policy.  She received a Master of Social Welfare (MSW) with a concentration in Individuals, Families & Groups and specializing in Mental Health from UCLA.  She received her BA from Boston University with a major in Psychology and minors in Statistics and Biology.  She is also a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with experience providing direct clinical services to persons with severe mental illness involved with the criminal justice system.  Her research interests are focused on exploring policy to improve treatment outcomes for this population.  Current research includes work with the the National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded Brandeis Health Plan Survey and Juvenile Justice Translational Research on Interventions for Adolescents in the Legal System (JJ-TRIALS) studies.  She has published in the Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare and in conjunction with the UCLA Center for the Study of Women.  She is a current National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Pre-Doctoral Fellow, and a past recipient of the Harvard Kennedy School Rappaport Institute Doctoral Public Policy Fellowship.

Marianne Pugatch

Marianne Pugatch received a BA from Barnard College and an MSW from Boston College. Her research interests include access to behavioral healthcare and treatment for an adolescent/young adult population.  Her dissertation focuses on predictors of follow up for OEF/OIF veterans who screen positive for alcohol misuse.  Ms. Pugatch has held leadership roles as a clinician and on SAMHSA SBIRT grants. She is as an Associate Editor for Substance Abuse, a teaching associate at Harvard Medical School, as well as an Advanced Interdisciplinary Addiction Fellow at the Boston VA. 
Sara Scully, MS, LSW, NIAAA Fellow studying behavioral health and social policy

Sara Scully

Sara Scully, MS, LSW, is an NIAAA Fellow studying behavioral health and social policy. She received her MS in Mental Health Counseling from Suffolk University, her BA in Psychology from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and holds a license in social work. Sara has a clinical background and has worked in non-profit, community based mental health outreach for the last eight years. Her current research interests include alcohol/substance abuse and mental health treatment reform in the criminal justice system.
Morgan Shields, PhD student

Morgan Shields

Morgan Shields is a PhD student and NIAAA fellow studying quality of behavioral healthcare. She received an MSc in public health, with a concentration in social and behavioral sciences, from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and her BA in psychology from Kent State University. She currently leads a couple of research teams focused on the consumer experience within inpatient psychiatric facilities. Her research has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Health Psychology, Harvard Public Health Review, Journal of Patient Safety, Psychiatric Services, Health Affairs blog, and the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
Deborah Strod, PhD student and NIAAA trainee concentrating in Behavioral Health

Deborah Strod

Deborah Strod is a PhD student and NIAAA pre-doctoral trainee concentrating in Behavioral Health. She received an MSW from Boston University and an AB from Harvard University. She focuses on addictions workforce development for specialist and non-specialist positions, examining how responses to existing worker shortages are being reshaped by healthcare integration, cross-system coordination, changes in demand, and advances in scientific understanding of addiction. She is exploring worker and job flow within local treatment ecosystems, and is particularly interested in working with data from existing administrative sources. Important considerations include: compensation, recruitment/retention, education/training, culturally-responsive care, quality improvement and expansion of peer supports.
Heidi Sulman, Doctoral student

Heidi Bruggink Sulman, MPH, MSW, LCSW

Heidi Bruggink Sulman, MPH, MSW, LCSW is a PhD student studying behavioral health policy. She received an MPH in Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights from the Boston University School of Public Health; an MSW in Clinical Social Work and Behavioral Medicine from the Boston University School of Social Work; and an AB in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality from Harvard University. Ms. Sulman most recently served as a Program Manager at the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission. She is a National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Pre-Doctoral Fellow and a past recipient of the Harvard Kennedy School Rappaport Institute Public Policy Fellowship. Her research interests include the financing and organization of behavioral health services, with particular focus on care integration, health insurance design, and provision of evidence-based practices.
Ye Zhang, PhD student in the Behavioral Health Concentration

Ye Zhang

Ye Zhang, MA, received an MA in Economics (2012) from Duke University and a BA in Economics from Shanghai Jiaotong University (2010). She is a doctoral candidate who, before coming to Heller was a research staff member at Duke University School of Nursing studying caregiving for Chinese elders with dementia. Her current research interests focus on treatment financing and delivery for young adults with severe mental disorders, both in the U.S. and China. Beyond her course work, she also engages in advocating for civil law reform in China for people with severe mental disorders.