Lindsay Shea, DrPH

Director of the Policy and Analytics Center in the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute and Associate Professor

Shea leads autism-focused projects at the local, state, federal and international levels using innovative analytic strategies developed in the Policy and Analytics Center to support the development of effective social and health policy across the United States. Shea was the first to author the Pennsylvania Autism Census Report and her research interests include creating and using an evidence base in forming, evaluating and implementing social and health policies.

 

Shea is the interim leader of the Life Course Outcomes Research Program, in the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute. Her work focuses on delivering information that empowers families, communities and organizations to create a world where people on the autism spectrum are valued and supported as contributing members of the community.

In The News

Beyond the Bench: A Conversation With Lindsay Shea
Lindsay Shea, DrPH, director of the Policy and Analytics Center and professor in the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, was featured in a March 11 Spectrum story about her work in the Autism Institute and turning research outcomes into policy that will affect change.
Pitfalls in Using Autism Claims Data: Q&A With Lindsay Shea
Lindsay Shea, DrPH, director of the Policy and Analytics Center and professor in the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, was quoted in a Dec. 14 Spectrum article about the various ways researchers tap insurance claims data and how best to standardize those practices to improve health services for autistic people.
Study: Autistic Adults May Be at a Higher Risk for Severe COVID-19
Lindsay Shea, DrPH, director of the Policy and Analytics Center and assistant professor, and Whitney Schott, PhD, an assistant research professor, both in the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, were quoted in a Sept. 10 Very Well Health article about their recently published research that found autistic individuals have an increased risk of COVID-19 infection.
Autism Advocacy Groups Urge Vaccine Priority as Caregivers Worry
Lindsay Shea, DrPH, director of the Policy and Analytics Center and assistant professor in the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, was quoted in a Feb. 5 WHYY.org story about advocacy for individuals with autism to be given vaccine priority.
Philadelphia Family Prevails In Court, Forcing Insurer to Pay For Autism Services In School
Lindsay Shea, PhD, an assistant clinical professor in the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute and director of the Eastern Region Autism Services Education, Resources and Training Collaborative, was quoted in a Jan. 22 WHYY/Newsworks.org story about a local family suing Independence Blue Cross for not covering autism support for their son once he entered school.
O'Brien Vows to Improve Services for Autistic Philadelphians
Lindsay Shea, DrPH, an assistant professor in the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article on Feb. 3 about plans announced for the city of Philadelphia to improve delivery of services for individuals with autism.
Pa. autism census shows uptick in services, especially for adults
Lindsay Shea, DrPH, an assistant professor in the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute and director of the eastern region of the Pennsylvania Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training Collaborative (ASERT), was quoted in a WHYY-FM/Newsworks story on Nov. 13 about the new ASERT census she led showing that the number of individuals with autism receiving services has tripled in the state.

Related Articles

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Persist for Individuals with Autism
Using Medicaid data, researchers from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute identified health, nutrition and psychiatric conditions that varied in prevalence. They found a higher prevalence of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and obesity by race.
Wooden gavel How Do Autistic Individuals Interact with the Criminal Justice System?
Researchers from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University recently published research that identified the experiences of autistic individuals and their caregivers across their interactions with the criminal justice system through analysis of a statewide survey in Pennsylvania, including as victims of an interaction, criminal offenders and witnesses to a crime, with respondents reporting both positive and negative experiences.
Report: Autistic Individuals Have Increased Risk of COVID-19
Autistic adults, adults with intellectual disability, and adults with mental health diagnoses have multiple risk factors for infection with COVID-19 and for experiencing more severe disease if they contract COVID-19, according to research from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University.
States’ Developmental Disability Services Lacking for Autistic Adults and Their Families
In the latest National Autism Indicators Report, researchers from Drexel University's A.J. Drexel Autism Institute found families of autistic adults who use Developmental Disability services face gaps in services and supports, lack of emergency planning and barriers to community participation.
National Autism Indicators Report: The Complex Health and Health Care of Individuals with Autism
In the recently published sixth report in the National Autism Indicators Report series, researchers from Drexel University's A.J. Drexel Autism Institute highlight a holistic picture of what health and health care look like across the life course for people on the autism spectrum.
A.J. Drexel Autism Institute Awarded Grant to Improve Interactions Between Individuals with Autism and Criminal Justice System
The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) has awarded a competitive grant to local leaders from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute and the Philadelphia Police Department, who are working to improve interactions between autistic individuals and the justice system, and fund international meeting in Philadelphia 2020.