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Lindsay Shea, MSSP’08

  • Director, Policy and Analytics Center, and Assistant Professor, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel University

“The first steps in my career in a hospital showed me that even though dedicated clinicians wanted to see patients and patients wanted to see clinicians, there were policy and system barriers to help them reach each other. After starting a job at the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research at Penn, I began the MSSP in hopes of learning how to understand and reduce those barriers. My time in the MSSP program coincided with opportunity to work on research projects that used national Medicaid and other data for exactly that purpose. My coursework in the MSSP program helped me to maximize my time and participation in those projects. Working full-time while completing the MSSP program part-time prepared me to also complete my doctoral degree in Health Policy while working full-time, and continue to have the benefit of structured academic learning and simultaneous real world experience and application. The MSSP Program was the place I started to learn about how to juggle those demands and opportunities, and provided me with the skills to work to impact policy. I regularly find myself turning to the content experts who taught me and the skills I gained in the MSSP Program to continue to develop my career and personal goals of impacting policy.”

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