Alexandra Bonardi, M.H.A., OTR/L
Director, Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research, Center for Health Policy and Research
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Alexandra Bonardi's focus in on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and ways to identify and reduce disparities in health status in this population. She is Director of the Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research (CDDER) at the E.K. Shriver Center (a division of UMass Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research), which provides evidence based guidance and customized policy solutions to private and state agencies that support people with disabilities. Ms. Bonardi studies trends and patterns in health and service outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at UMass Medical School.
Ms. Bonardi’s interest in assuring health and access to health services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities has led her to work on a range of research projects and contracts. Her projects include the development of preventive health screening guidelines for adults with intellectual and developmental disability, the coordination of a national process to operationalize a definition of intellectual disability that can be used for health surveillance, and the development of policy and research approaches that enhance access to adaptive equipment and technologies to support independent function.
Ms. Bonardi received a master’s degree in health administration from Suffolk University and completed a post-graduate fellowship at the E.K. Shriver Center’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disability training program in Waltham. In 2009, Ms. Bonardi completed a Fulbright-Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowship in Public Policy, researching approaches to risk management in developing supports and services provided by the New Zealand Ministry of Health to people with intellectual disability. She holds a Master of Science degree in occupational therapy from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in human physiology from McGill University.
Alixe Bonardi, OTR/L, M.H.A.