Noelle Denny-Brown

Noelle Denny-Brown

Principal Researcher
Expertise
  • Program evaluation
  • Implementation research
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Disability policy and workforce development
  • Social Security Administration programs
Focus Areas
  • Health
  • Disability
  • Medicaid and CHIP
  • Mental Health and Substance Use
  • Human Services
About Noelle

Noelle Denny-Brown’s research focuses on Medicaid long-term services and supports and disability policy, particularly transformation of service systems to promote competitive integrated employment among people with disabilities. She is skilled in qualitative research methods, including designing and implementing qualitative data collection, synthesizing and analyzing qualitative data, and translating research findings to inform public policy and improve program performance.

Denny-Brown has policy and programmatic expertise in all Social Security Administration (SSA) programs, particularly Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance. She also has extensive research and program evaluation experience. Currently, she is directing Mathematica’s evaluation of the 14(c) Transition program, which provides technical and financial resources to help SourceAmerica-affiliated nonprofit agencies eliminate the use of 14(c) special minimum wage certificates. Denny-Brown is also leading the Best Practices study conducted under the second national evaluation of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration, funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This study will identify strategies, policies, and program innovations that have helped MFP states accelerate system-change efforts promoting the use of home and community-based services over institutional services.

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

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.