Project Staff

Susan M. Foley, PhD is a research director at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. At the ICI, Dr. Foley oversees several federally funded projects related to the education and employment of people with disabilities. She is the co-principal investigator (PI) of a large national center researching two interventions for youth with disabilities and special health-care needs. She is also a partner of the Twa Zanmi Project, which developed a telenovela and radio programs to open up dialogue on mental-health issues in the Boston Haitian community.

Judith S. Palfrey, M.D. is the T. Berry Brazelton Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and Professor of Society and Human Development at Harvard School of Public Health. For over thirty years, Dr. Palfrey has worked toward improved access to health services for families and children, both nationally and internationally. Her focus has been on health-service access for children with special health-care needs and for children from underserved communities. Dr. Palfrey is the author of over 100 papers and several books, and served as president of the American Academy of Pediatrics from 2009–2010.

Myra Rosen-Reynoso, PhD is a research associate at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. At the ICI, Dr. Rosen-Reynoso directs the OPT4College project, which is part of the Opening Doors for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs initiative, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. OPT4College is focused on improving transition to college for urban, minority students with disabilities or special health-care needs.

Nerlie Ogilus comes from a Haitian cultural background, is bilingual in Haitian creole and has an interest in welfare of CSHCN. She has a B.S in Health Sciences from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.  She is currently a Research Study Coordinator at the ICI.  Prior to this she was the Research Data Coordinator for Opt4College, a transition study funded by the US Department of Education.  In this capacity, she worked extensively with CSHCN in transitioning to postsecondary educations.  Prior to this position, she worked at the Perkins School for the Blind with students from diverse populations with multiple disabilities.  

Veronica Thomas is a graduate assistant helping to develop tools to promote insurance enrollment for Latino children with special health care needs. She is a first year masters student at the Harvard School of Public Health, with concentrations in Maternal and Child Health and Health Communication. Prior to pursuing her masters degree, Veronica worked as an Associate at AcademyHealth in Washington, D.C., on the evaluation of the CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Program, a program aimed at improving health care quality for children in Medicaid and CHIP. She earned a B.A. in English from Davidson College in North Carolina.