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Lauren Ricciardelli, PhD

PhD, University of Georgia, 2017

MSW, University of Georgia, 2011
BA, Philosophy, University of Georgia, 2006

Dissertation title: A multi-methods analysis for understanding the intersection of intellectual disability, capital punishment, and social inclusion: Implications for policy, practice, and research in social work.
Committee members: Kristina Jaskyte Bahr (Chair), M. Elizabeth Vonk, Kevin Ayres, Alexander Kaufman.

Lauren Ricciardelli received her social work PhD in May 2017. Her substantive research interest is intellectual/developmental disability, specifically in states’ compliance with the 1999 Olmstead decision that originated in Georgia.  More generally, she is interested in how deinstitutionalization and the privatization of health and human services have shaped transition options for adults with mild intellectual/developmental disability.  Current transition “options” of interest include: postsecondary education programs; Medicaid-funded, supported-living programs in the community; and, incarceration.  Lastly, Ricciardelli is interested in the intersection of the social, legal, and clinical definitions of intellectual/developmental disability, and how their congruence, or lack of, impacts social welfare policy and access to services. She has work experience as a direct care worker, and supervisor of direct care workers, in community-based agencies providing living supports for adults with intellectual/developmental disability.

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