Marji Warfield

Senior Scientist and Lecturer

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Office: Heller-Brown Building 350
Phone: 781-736-3833
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Children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities and special health care needs; Family adaptation and caregiving; Transition to adulthood; self-directed waiver programs; youth-focused programs; Longitudinal Studies; Program Evaluation


  • HS 332a - Research Methods and Evaluation
  • HS 334a - Child and Family Policy: U.S. and Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • HS 334f - Disability Policy: Intersections with Health, Poverty, Education and Family Policy
  • HS 407b - Survey Research Methods
  • HSSP 110a - Integrative Seminar on Health


  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University

Marji Warfield

Senior Scientist and Lecturer


As a researcher of social policy with a focus on disabilities, children, youth, and families, Marji Erickson Warfield's work is designed to understand and evaluate ways to promote the well-being of children, youth and young adults with disabilities and the adaptation of their families. The majority of Dr. Erickson Warfield's work has been focused in three areas. First, several studies have concentrated on different aspects of the adolescent to young adult transition. Projects include those examining the transition from pediatric to adult health care, the transition out of schools, and the programs that support youth during this critical time. Second, evaluations of various innovative models of service delivery have concentrated on how systems, providers, families, and youth interact and how procedures can be established to better coordinate care and implement novel interventions. Third, longitudinal investigations have identified several key characteristics at the individual, family environment, service, and system level that explain variation in the physical and socio-emotional well-being of children, youth, and young adults with disabilities. Dr. Erickson Warfield has expertise in a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis techniques and her work has been funded by a range of federal and foundation sources.


  • Hughes, Della, Warfield, Marji. THEORETICAL AND RESEARCH FOUNDATIONS OF THE HOPEWELL THEORY OF CHANGE AND ORGANIZATIONAL LEVEL LOGIC MODEL: Summary Brief. Center for Youth and Communities, Heller School: 2021.
  • Davis, M., Warfield, M.E., Boguslaw, J., Roundtree-Swain, D., & Kellogg, G.. "Parenting a 6 year old is not what I planned in retirement: Trauma and stress among grandparents due to the opioid epidemic." Journal of Gerontological Social Work. 63. 4 (2020): 295-315.
  • Warfield, Marji. "“Well-being of parents serving as the employer of record in a consumer-directed Medicaid waiver program.”." American Association of Developmental Disabilities National Conferences, Minneapolis, MN. June.
  • Crossman, M.K., Parish, S., Hauser-Cram, P., & Warfield, M.E.. "The influence of early intervention, informal support and the family environment on trajectories of competence for fathers raising children with developmental disabilities." Research in Developmental Disabilities, 81. (2018): 122-133.
  • Crossman, M.K., Warfield, M.E., Kotelchuck, M., Hauser-Cram, P., & Parish, S.. "Associations between early intervention home visits, family relationships and competence for mothers of children with developmental disabilities.." Maternal and Child Health Journal 22. 4 (2018): 599-607.
  • Warfield, M.E. & Naim Ali, H. "“Predictors of caregiver wellbeing in a consumer directed Medicaid waiver program.”." State of the Science in Family Support, Washington, DC. June 2018.
  • Warfield, M.E., Adams, R.S., Ritter, G., Valentine, A., Williams, T.V., & Larson, M.J.. "Health care utilization among children with special health care needs in military families.." Disability and Health Journal, 11. 4 (2018): 624-631.
  • Warfield, M.E., Adams, R.S., Ritter, G., Williams, T.V., & Larson, M.J.. "“Health care utilization among children with special health care needs in military families.”." American Public Health Association Conference, San Diego, CA. November 2018.
  • Woodman, A.C., Demers, L.B., Crossman, M.K., Warfield, M.E., & Hauser-Cram, P. "The influence of Part C early intervention dosage levels on growth in adaptive skills through adolescence.." Early Childhood Research Quarterly 43. (2018): 73-82.
  • Schneider, K.G., Warfield, M.E., Joshi, P., Ha, Y., & Hodgkin, D. "Insights into the black box of child care supply: Predictors of provider participation in the Massachusetts child care subsidy system.." Children and Youth Services Review 79. (2017): 148-159.
  • Warfield, Marji Erickson, Crossman, Morgan, Neumeyer, Ann, O'Brien, Julie, Kuhlthau, Karen. "Transition tools and access to adult primary care." Advances in Autism 3. 3 (2017): 131-141.
  • Kuhlthau, K., Delahaye, J., Warfield, M.E., Shui, A., Crossman, M., & Van Der Weerd, E.J. "Health care transition services for youth with autism spectrum disorders: Perspectives of Caregivers.." Pediatrics 137. Supplement 2 (2016): S158-S166.
  • Warfield, M.E., & Zwaigenbaum, L. "Editor’s note and prologue." Pediatrics 137. Supplement 2 (2016): S57-S60.
  • Warfield, Marji Erickson. "Vocational rehabilitation and training for adults with autism spectrum disorder: History, practices, and new directions.." Primer on Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ed. Christopher McDougle. Oxford University Press, 2016. 413-427.
  • Kuhlthau, K., Warfield, M.E., Hurson, J., Delahaye, J., & Crossman, M. "Pediatric provider’s perspectives on the transition to adult health care for youth with autism spectrum disorder: Current strategies and promising new directions." Autism 19. 3 (2015): 262-271.
  • Leutz, W., Timberlake, M., Warfield, M.E., & Chiri, G.. "The infrastructure of participant direction for Medicaid-funded in-home autism services for children in Massachusetts." Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities. 12. 1 (2015): 27-36.
  • Warfield, M.E., Crossman, M.K., Delahaye, J., Van Der Weerd, E.J., & Kuhlthau, K. "Physician perspectives on providing primary medical care to adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).." Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. (2015): <DOI 10.1007/s10803-015-2386-9>.
  • Warfield, M.E., Crossman, M.K., Delahaye, J., Van Der Weerd, E.J., & Kuhlthau, K.. "Physician perspectives on providing primary medical care to adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).." Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 45. 7 (2015): 2209-2217 <DOI 10.1007/s10803-015-2386-9>.
  • Timberlake, M., Leutz, W., Warfield, M.E., & Chiri, G. "“In the driver’s seat”: Parent perceptions of choice in a participant-directed Medicaid waiver program for young children with autism." Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 44. 4 (2014): 903-914.
  • Warfield, M.E., Chiri, G., Leutz, W., & Timberlake, M. "Family well-being in a participant directed autism waiver program: The role of relational coordination." Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 58 (12). 12 (2014): 1091-1104.
  • Friedman, N.B., Warfield, Marji Erickson, & Parish, S.L.. "Transition to adulthood for individuals with autism spectrum disorder: Current issues and future perspectives." Neuropsychiatry 3. 2 (2013): 1-12.
  • Hauser-Cram, P.,Warfield, Marji Erickson, Shonkoff, J.P., Sayer, A., Upshur, C., & Heyman, M.G.. "Children with disabilities: A developmental-contextual perspective." Preparing educators to engage families: From theory to practice. 3rd ed. Ed. H.B. Weiss, H. Kreider, M.E. Lopez, & C. Chapman-Nelson. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2013
  • Chiri, Giusi & Warfield, Marji Erickson. "Unmet need and problems accessing core health care services for children with autism spectrum disorder." Maternal and Child Health Journal. 16. 5 (2012): 1081-1091.
  • Budney, Caroline, Warfield, Marji Erickson. Services for Adults with Autism in Massachusetts: An Overview. Advocates for Autism in Massachusetts. Waltham, MA: 2010.
  • Hauser-Cram, Penny and Warfield, Marji Erickson. "Early intervention services." Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. 4th ed. Ed. W.B. Carey, A.C. Crocker, W.L. Coleman, H.M. Feldman, & E.R. Elias. Philadelphia: Elsevier Science, 2009. 923-932.