Our Team

Alixe Bonardi

Alexandra Bonardi, MHA, OTR/L
Director, CDDER
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Ms. Bonardi studies trends and patterns in health and service outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and focuses on identifying and reducing health disparities in this population. She’s worked with CDDER since 2002. 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.

Emily Lauer 2Emily Lauer, MPH
Project Director II

Since 2002, Ms. Lauer's work with CDDER has focused on health and risk surveillance both nationally for public and private service agencies, with a specialty in using administrative data. During this time, Ms. Lauer has constructed and analyzed numerous large statewide datasets, including work with annual mortality data for populations served by state intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) departments and large national service providers, comparing findings to state and national data, other state DDS systems and national benchmarks such as Healthy People 2010. Ms. Lauer has also lent guidance to numerous organizations on methods to refine mortality data collection and analytic practices in order to improve the validity of comparisons made across New England and other states. Ms. Lauer works closely with state and provider agencies to help them understand and utilize health and risk related data about their service recipients. In the age of transition to electronic client management and incident reporting systems, Ms. Lauer advises organizations on system design aspects, methods to 'trigger' important risk profiles, and analyzed a wide variety of information to identify patterns of risk and adverse outcomes. Past topics have included unplanned hospitalizations and emergency room visits, psychotropic medication utilization, unintentional injuries (particularly falls), preventive screening utilization, elopement, physical altercations and significant behavioral incidents. Ms. Lauer has a Master's degree in Public Health focusing in Biostatistics from the UMDNJ/Rutgers School of Public Health and received Stuart D. Cook Public Health Research Award for her fieldwork in factors predicting medication errors in adults with I/DD. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Boston University.

CN2Courtney Noblett-Dutra, MPA
Research Associate II

Ms. Dutra has worked with CDDER since 2008 as a project coordinator and research associate. She works with public agencies in the disability and health fields to support quality assurance activates, design materials that translate research findings into actionable items for use by professionals in the field, and with designing print and web-based training courses. Courtney coordinated a Massachusetts-wide pilot project to reduce incidences of falls in people with I/DD. This resulted in a noticeable decline in fall rates and a heightened awareness among staff to falls prevention activities. She was also the project led on the development of an on-line training course in preventive health screening. Courtney has extensive experience working with self-advocates and in supporting organizations to make websites and print materials accessible to this population. She is experienced with instructional design, program evaluation, organizational quality improvement, and research methodology. Ms. Dutra received a Master’s degree in Public Administration in International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from Colorado State University.

Christine Clifford

Christine Clifford, MHP
Research Coordinator

Ms. Clifford is well versed in public health research methodology and underserved populations. With CDDER since the fall of 2011, Christine has contributed to the DDS Family Supports Survey, pharmacy claims analysis for the dual eligible population, Quality Assurance projects and the Systematic Review of Interventions to Reduce Oral Health Disparities between Adults with Intellectual Disability and the General Population. Her experience also includes project design, data collection and analysis, including enrollment data, claims data and survey data. Prior to joining CDDER, Christine was a research analyst for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System providing support in all aspects of the BRFSS survey including budget, training, and data analysis. Additionally, Christine has experience working with people with a range of support needs as a former coordinator of volunteers for the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts. Ms. Clifford holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UMass/Amherst and a Masters of Health Professions in Health Care Policy and Management from Northeastern University. 

CDDER works collaboratively with other key staff within the medical school including Robert Baldor, M.D. , Steven Staugaitis, Ph.D., and Monika Mitra, Ph.D., all of whom provide expert consultation and support for health, disability, and policy projects.