Youth with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) face substantial barriers to economic independence in transitioning to adult life. The barriers are related to their health status, social isolation, service needs, and potential loss of disability benefits.
- Survey development and data collection
- Cognitive interviewing
- Low-income and vulnerable populations
- Human Services
Alex Saunders specializes in survey development and design, survey mailings and outreach, cognitive interviews, and designing locating procedures for hard-to-reach populations. Her research includes evaluations on quality of care, advanced primary care models, and the well-being of people with disabilities, including transition-aged youth.
Saunders works on a variety of health data collection and evaluation projects, such as the Evaluation of the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) Model and Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE). She is currently the deputy task lead for the CPC+ physician survey, which aims to assess implementation and physician experience. Saunders has held several roles on the CPC+ project, including serving as a survey project manager and work on the practice survey. She has had the opportunity to work on all stages of the survey, from instrument development and pre-fielding, to survey fielding, to post-field data collection wrap-up. Saunders also serves as task lead of the locating and mailings teams on the PROMISE project.
Before joining Mathematica in 2017, Saunders held various research positions at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Embr Labs, and Neumitra. She has a B.A. in psychology and French from Middlebury College, and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Survey Research from the University of Connecticut.