Noelle Denny-Brown

Noelle Denny-Brown

Principal Researcher
  • Disability policy analysis and program evaluation
  • Social Security Administration (SSA) administered programs
  • Qualitative research methods
Focus Areas
  • Health
  • Disability
  • Economic Well Being and Income Support
  • Mental Health and Substance Use
  • Medicaid and CHIP
  • Human Services
About Noelle

Noelle Denny-Brown’s research focuses on disability policy, particularly interventions that support people with disabilities in finding or sustaining employment. She is skilled in qualitative research methods, including developing protocols used to interview key informants, synthesizing and analyzing qualitative data, and translating research findings to inform public policy and improve program performance. 

Denny-Brown has both policy and programmatic expertise in all Social Security Administration (SSA)-administered programs, particularly Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). She is currently co-directing implementation of the SSA-funded Benefit Offset National Demonstration, which is testing variants of SSDI rules governing work and other supports. She is also leading the analysis of program implementation for the national evaluation of the Money Follows the Person Demonstration. The demonstration supports state efforts to transition Medicaid beneficiaries residing in institutional settings to home and community-based settings and rebalance long-term care systems. 

Before joining Mathematica in 2006, Denny-Brown served as a social insurance specialist with the SSA and a mental health specialist at McLean Hospital. She holds an M.P.A. from the University of Connecticut.

Key Projects
  • Evaluation of the Pathways to Careers Program

    The SourceAmerica® Pathways to Careers™ program helps individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or a primary diagnosis of autism obtain competitive integrated employment aligned with their skills, interests, strengths, and abilities. Mathematica is conducting an evaluation of Pathways.