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David S. Mandell

David S. Mandell

David S. Mandell, Professor of Mental Health Services Research in Psychiatry, is the winner of this year’s Samuel Martin Health Evaluation Sciences Award, which is granted to a member of the Perelman School of Medicine faculty for a body of work with an emphasis on health services research.

Dr. Mandell is the foremost international expert on the organization, financing and delivery of healthcare and education services for children with autism, and is a national expert in implementation science in mental health. A major focus of his research has been to identify and improve racial and ethnic disparities in the identification and care of children with autism. His more recent policy research evaluates the autism insurance mandates that many states have enacted, which resulted in an increase in community services and a reduction in psychiatric hospitalizations. His work has demonstrated that intensive early intervention for children with autism results in substantial cost savings in just a few years. His colleagues said of him, “He has been tireless in exhorting policy makers, researchers, practitioners and advocates to improve care for those who are most vulnerable…Indeed, David Mandell is a vector and vessel for positive change in the care of children with autism.