Lurie Institute

Student Research Assistants

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Anna Cass

Student Communications Assistant

Anna Cass is a Brandeis senior studying Health: Science, Society and Policy (HSSP). She is pursuing minors in Social Justice, Social Policy (SJSP) and Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST). She works with Brandeis Student Accessibility Support as an Accessibility Fellow, providing guidance to students who are navigating accessibility at Brandeis.
Natalie Chong, Graduate Research Assistant

Natalie Chong

Graduate Research Assistant

Natalie Chong is a doctoral student at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management where she studies health policy and health services research. Her research interests include access to and quality of end-of-life care, as well as aging and health policy issues that impact older adults. She is also an analyst in RTI International’s Quality Measurement and Health Policy Program, where she works to develop performance measures for federal quality reporting programs in post-acute care settings.

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Emily Crandall

Graduate Research Assistant

Emily Ledingham Crandall, MPH, is a PhD student and NIAAA pre-doctoral trainee studying behavioral health and disability policy. She received a Master of Public Health from Westminster College and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Utah. Emily worked for nearly four years at the State of Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities as a research consultant. She also taught as an adjunct professor at Westminster College in the public health program for three years. Her research interests include improving service systems, civil rights of people with disabilities, substance use/abuse, and healthcare access.
Gabrielle Katz, Graduate Research Assistant

Gabrielle Katz

Graduate Research Assistant

Gabrielle Katz is a PhD candidate concentrating in health policy at the Heller School. Her research interests include understanding disparities in health access and quality of post-acute and long-term support services for older adults and adults with disabilities in the U.S. In addition to her role at Lurie, she is the Assistant Director for The Council on Health Care Economics and Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Prior to the PhD program, Gabrielle worked in conducting program evaluation, technical assistance, implementation, and policy analysis for federal stakeholders like the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and state stakeholders the like the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Maddy Pliskin

Undergraduate Communications Assistant

Maddy Pliskin is an undergraduate communications assistant at the Lurie Institute. Previously, she was an Undergraduate Fellow in Disability Policy. She is a junior majoring in Biology and Health: Science, Society and Policy (HSSP). Outside Lurie, Maddy is a member of Chabad Club and volunteers with elderly patients in hospice. As an undergraduate fellow, Maddy researched opioid misuse among people with disabilities under her mentor Rachel Sayko Adams. 

Kartik Trivedi, Graduate Research Assistant

Kartik Trivedi

Graduate Research Assistant

Kartik Trivedi, MPA, is a PhD student interested in workplace inclusion, career pathways, and economic self-sufficiency as related to persons with disabilities. Kartik has several years of experience as a researcher in the workforce policy and inclusion. He has also worked as a researcher in development policies in India. If not in class or at work, you can find him taking photographs on the streets of Boston and surrounding areas. He also thinks that he makes the best chai on the east coast, a claim which is yet to be proven through conclusive research.