Lawrence C. Pellegrini

UMass Amherst Health Promotion and Policy lecturer Lawrence Pellegrini


BA, Boston College; MSW, University of Connecticut; MPA, University of Connecticut; PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Area(s) 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”.

Publication List: 

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Key Publications: 

Pellegrini, L.C., & Geissler, K.  (2020).  Disability, federal disability benefits, and health care access after the Affordable Care Act. Journal of Disability Policy Studies. Epub ahead of print.

Pellegrini, L. C., & Geissler, K. H. (2019). Supplemental Security Income enrollment and health care and social assistance employment and wages. International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 34(4), 1319-1332.

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

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.

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