Lawrence Pellegrini

Dr. Lawrence Pellegrini
Health Policy and Management
715 N. Pleasant St 232 arnold house


  • BA Economics, Boston College
  • MSW, University of Connecticut
  • MPA, University of Connecticut
  • PhD, University of Massachusetts

Areas of Specialization: 

Disability, Mental Health, Health Care Access and Utilization

Research Description: 

My overall research interests include understanding the relationship between economic conditions and the development of behavioral health and medical conditions. I am also interested in the relationship between economic conditions, health insurance coverage composition, and employment of behavioral health and medical providers.  I have a specific interest in understanding these relationships for persons with mental health and/or disabling conditions as reflected by recently published works, including my dissertation which was titled “Labor Force Participation, Disability, and Implications for Healthcare Utilization and Employment”.

Key Publications: 

1.  Pellegrini, L.C., & Geissler, K.  (2019).  Disability, federal disability benefits, and health care access after the Affordable Care Act.  (FORTHCOMING).

2.  Pellegrini, L.C., & Geissler, K. (2019).  Supplemental Security Income enrollment and health care and social assistance employment and wages.  International Journal of Health Planning and Management, (ACCEPTED).

3.  Pellegrini, L.C., & Geissler, K.  (2018).  Social Security Disability Insurance enrollment and healthcare employment.  Health Services Research, 53(4), 2591-2614.

4.  Pellegrini, L.C., Rodriguez-Monguio, R., & Qian, J.  (2014). The US healthcare workforce and the labor market effect on healthcare spending and health outcomes.  International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, 14(2), 127-141. 

5.  Pellegrini, L.C., & Rodriguez-Monguio, R.  (2014). Medicaid provisions and the US mental health industry composition.  Journal of Mental Health, 23(6), 312-316.