Children, Youth and Families Concentration

Robbie Dembo, PhD Student

Robbie Dembo

Robbie Dembo is a third-year PhD student interested in the health, social, and economic outcomes for families with children with disabilities. Robbie has several years of experience working on state and federal health policy issues. He is currently a research assistant at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy and a senior research analyst for NORC at the University of Chicago where he focuses on health outcomes of vulnerable populations. Robbie also works with a team at the University of Michigan on a range of research projects related to Arab-Jewish coexistence. He has received grants from the Social Security Administration and the Boston Area Research Initiative and has published and presented research in his field, including "The Psychological Consequences of Violence Against People with Disabilities."
Cady Landa, PhD candidate studying immigrant integration

Cady Landa

Cady Landa is a PhD candidate studying immigrant integration. Her dissertation examines the ability of public schools to meet the special needs of children of recent immigrants and work with their parents in this process. Also examined is the experience of parenting as a newcomer to the U.S.  She is a Research and Policy Associate at the Institute of Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston, with interest in immigrant families' access to services.
PhD student Megan Madison

Megan Madison

Megan Pamela Ruth Madison is a PhD candidate concentrating in child, youth, and family policy.  She received an MS in early childhood education from Dominican University and a BA in studies in religion from the University of Michigan.  Her research interests include education policy, the teaching workforce, and racial equity.  Her mixed-method dissertation employs Critical Race Theory to explore the impact of "colorblind" policymaking on the racial/ethnic diversity and stratification of the early care and education teaching workforce.
Robyn Powell, PhD candidate concentrating in child, youth, and family policy

Robyn Powell

Robyn Powell, JD, received her JD from Suffolk Law School and her BS in Social Work from Bridgewater State University. Her research interests include disability law and policy, particularly the needs, experiences and rights of parents with disabilities and their children. In addition to studying at the Heller School, Robyn is a disability law and policy consultant.
Charlotte Powley, PhD student studying Social Policy with a concentration in Children, Youth, and Family Policy

Charlotte Powley

Charlotte Powley is currently a second-year PhD student studying Social Policy with a concentration in child, youth and family policy. Charlotte works as the Brandeis Mentor for the Posse Foundation, serving as the mentor for ten undergraduate students at Brandeis. Her research interests include female empowerment with respect to health and well-being amongst adolescents. Before coming to Heller, Charlotte pursued her Master's in Public Health at Tufts University, where she focused on biostatistics and epidemiology. Prior to doing her MPH, Charlotte was a special education math teacher at the High School for Health Professions and Human Services located in New York City. She worked with students with both learning and emotional disabilities. Charlotte earned her Master's in Education from Hunter College and she continues to explore her interest and dedication to students with disabilities, particularly those from immigrant backgrounds. Charlotte graduated from Columbia University in 2011 with a major in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies. Charlotte's interests in education, public health, and gender equity have all intertwined within her greater commitment to social justice.

Roberto Salva

Roberto S. Salva holds an MPA from the National University of Singapore and a BS in Statistics from the University of the Philippines. Before coming to Heller, he led the ASEAN and ASEAN Member States baseline study on child participation, peer reviewed the Philippine study on violence against children, and consulted for various nonprofit organizations including The Asia Foundation, Save the Children and Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation. Before that, he led a nonprofit organization for the deaf in Metro Manila for six years and worked with urban poor communities through research and community organizing.

Nick Teich

Nick Teich's dissertation research focuses on examining whether anti-transgender bullying in high school has long-term effects in the realm of housing, employment and mental health. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Miami, and earned his MSW from Boston College. He is the founder, president and director of camp Aranu’tiq, the world’s first overnight summer camp for transgender youth. The camp has two week-long sessions, one on each coast of the U.S. He does training and consulting for camps, schools and other groups on gender issues. He recently authored a book entitled Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue (Columbia University Press).