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Alexis D. Henry

, Sc.D., OTR/L
Director, Disability, Health and Employment Policy Unit
Center for Health Policy and Research
Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry
Alexis D. Henry

Alexis Henry, ScD is Director of the Disability, Health and Employment Policy (DHEP) Unit at the Center for Health Policy and Research, and has over 30 years of experience in the disability field as a provider, educator, and researcher. As Director of the DHEP Unit, Dr. Henry leads a team of research and program staff concerned with the impact of health and social policies, services and supports on the lives of people with disabilities.  Through its research and services divisions, the DHEP Unit works to create solutions to maximize employment opportunities and to improve the health and well-being of people with disabilities, with a focus on those served by public programs. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, the DHEP unit employs a participatory action research framework to research, evaluation and service delivery efforts, actively collaborating with stakeholder including policy maker, program planners, other researchers, services providers, employers, and people with disabilities. Dr. Henry’s current research is focused on the impact of health reform on people with disabilities; the role of health care services in supporting employment for people with disabilities; and the development and dissemination of collaborative approaches to disability employment services. Dr. Henry is author or co-author of over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, books and book chapters.

Prior to joining UMass Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research, Dr. Henry served as Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at Boston University’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and was Director of the Rehabilitation Research Core at the UMass Medical School’s Center for Mental Health Services Research.

Dr. Henry is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UMass Medical School. She earned her doctoral degree in therapeutic studies, as well as a master’s degree, at Boston University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Tufts University.