Amanda is a PhD student in the Health Management and Policy Department at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Her research focuses on issues related to behavioral health policy domestically and abroad. Specifically, she combines political science and health services research methods to evaluate national and local policies related to insurance equity, opioid misuse, and behavioral health provider shortages. At Shatterproof, Amanda works on a variety of initiatives related to improving access to and quality of substance use disorder treatment nationally.
Previously, Amanda worked as the Policy Advisor at the Kennedy Forum and Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation. In this position, she analyzed legislative and regulatory actions related to behavioral health insurance coverage. She mainly focused on behavioral health parity implementation, providing technical assistance to health plans and regulatory agencies and assisting in the development of accreditation standards and auditing protocols.
Prior to starting this position, Amanda was the senior researcher on A Common Struggle by Patrick Kennedy and Stephen Fried. In this role, she researched the development of U.S. mental health policy from 1960s to today and co-authored a roadmap to improve the U.S. behavioral health system featured in the appendix.
Amanda received both a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Society and Master's Degree in Public Health from the University of Pennsylvania.