Linda Long-Bellil, Ph.D., J.D.
Center for Health Policy and Research
Dr. Linda Long-Bellil’s knowledge of health policy, disability policy, and law informs her efforts to promote access to employment and health care for youth and adults with disabilities. In her role as Project Director in the Disability, Health, and Employment Policy Unit at the Center for Health Policy and Research, she conducts research, policy analysis, and program evaluation, in addition to providing technical assistance to state policymakers.
Dr. Long-Bellil previously worked as a Project Management Consultant at the Center, providing guidance on training clinicians and clinical care coordinators on employment and benefits resources for transition-age youth with disabilities. She was also the lead author of a Social Security work incentives guide for youth with disabilities.
From 2003 to 2006, she was a Project Director in the Center’s Long-Term Care Unit. In that role, she managed, designed, and implemented multiple research projects on aging, disability, and long-term supports.
Dr. Long-Bellil is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at UMass Medical School. In this capacity, she has lectured on health policy in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program at the Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center. She also co-directs a UMass Medical School interclerkship, “Working with Persons with Disabilities in the Clinical Setting,” for third-year medical students and a Population Health Clerkship, centered on the health care needs of individuals with disabilities, for second-year medical and nursing students. Dr. Long-Bellil is also an adjunct faculty member at Tufts University School of Medicine.
She is currently the Vice-President of the Alliance for Disability in Health Care Education, a national organization that seeks to expand the teaching of disability in medical and other health professions curricula. Dr. Long-Bellil is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Spina Bifida Association of Massachusetts, which offers services and supports to families of individuals with disabilities.
Dr. Long-Bellil earned her doctoral degree in social policy from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She holds a law degree from Boston University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University.