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Lindsay Shea, DrPH, MS

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Assistant Professor
Health Management and Policy
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MS in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania; DrPH from in Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health


Lindsay Shea is the Director of the Policy and Analytics Center at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, and an Assistant Professor.

The mission of the Policy and Analytics Center is to utilize research methods and innovative analytic strategies to support the development of effective social and health policy in cities, states, and across the U.S.

Shea has led autism-focused projects across Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and with a national scope. Shea first-authored the Pennsylvania Autism Census Report and her research interests are creating and using an evidence base in forming, evaluating, and implementing social and health policies.

Shea holds a doctoral degree in Health policy from the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, Department of Health Management and Policy, and a Master’s degree in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.

Research Interests

  • Neurodevelopment
  • Neurologic disorders
  • Mental health
  • Behavioral health
  • Health policy


Shea, L, Field, RI, Xie, M, Marcus, S, Mandell, DS. Transition-age Medicaid coverage for adolescents with autism and adolescents with intellectual disability. American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2019;124(2):174-185.

Shea, L, Xie, M, Turcotte, P, Marcus, S, Field, R, Newschaffer, C, Mandell, D. Brief Report: Service use and associated expenditures among adolescents with autism spectrum disorder transitioning to adulthood. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018;48(9):3323-3327.

Shea, L, Newschaffer, CJ, Xie, M, Myers, SM, Mandell, DS. Genetic testing and genetic counseling among Medicaid-enrolled children with autism spectrum disorder in 2001 and 2007. Human Genetics, 2014;133(1):111-6.

Semansky, RM, Xie, M, Lawer, LJ, Mandell, DS. How states use Medicaid to fund community-based services to children with autism spectrum disorders. Psychiatric Services, 2013;64(10):1051-5.

Cidav, Z, Lawer, LJ, Marcus, SC, & Mandell, DS. Age-related variation in health service use and associated expenditures among children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2013;43(4):924-31.

Mandell, DS, Morales, KH, Xie, M. Lawer, LJ, Stahmer, AC, Marcus, SC. Age of diagnosis among Medicaid-enrolled children with autism, 2001-2004. Psychiatric Services, 2010;61(8):822-9.

Turcotte, P, Mandell, DS, Shea, L. School discipline, hospitalization, and police contact overlap among individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018;48(3):883-891.

Burke, JP, Jain, A, Yang, W, Kelly, JP, Kaiser, M, Becker, L, Lawer, L, & Newschaffer, CJ (2014). Does a claims diagnosis of autism mean a true case? Autism, 2014;18(3):321-30.

Wang, L, Mandell, DS, Lawer, L, Cidav, Z, Leslie, DL. Healthcare service use and costs for autism spectrum disorder: a comparison between Medicaid and private insurance. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2013;43(5):1057-64.

Lawer, L, Brusilovkiy, E, Salzer, MS, Mandell, DS. Use of vocational rehabilitative services among adults with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2009;39(3): 487:04.

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