Principal Investigator: Eric Rubenstein, PhD, ScM

Eric Rubenstein, PhD, ScM, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Boston University. He received is PhD from the University of North Carolina Gillings Schools of Public Health and his ScM from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public health. His research focuses on improving health and well-being in the population with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the life course. Dr. Rubenstein’s research is motivated and continually inspired by his friends, Special Olympic athletes, and fellow advocates in the intellectual and developmental disability community.


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Project Coordinator: Ashley Scott, MPH

Ashley Scott, MPH is a project coordinator in the Department of Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health where she supports research on racial and ethnic disparities in maternal/child health and determinants that affect the health of individuals with Down syndrome. She received her MPH from Boston University in 2020 and is a currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Medical Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Practice at Boston University. Prior to joining the Epidemiology department, she managed the BU Healthway Contact Tracing team to support students and faculty, and staff to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Ashley is interested in qualitative research methods and community based participatory research. She is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and passionate about health equity. 

Summer intern / Co researcher: Gus Edouard

Augusta ‘Gus’ Edouard is a summer intern and co researcher. She lives in Maryland and comes to Boston in the summers. This summer she did a photo voice project called ‘Being Health with Gus’ and helped around the office.

Community Co-Researcher: Alexis Sokoloff

Alexis Sokoloff is an advocate for individuals with disabilities. She is interested in all sports. Her dream job was to work with a sports team. She currently is employed by the  Worcester WooSox baseball team and the Worcester Railers Hockey team. When not working or watching sports she enjoys swimming, kayaking, music and reading.

Graduate Research Assistant: Erica De La Garza

Erica De La Garza is a second year MPH student studying Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Global Health Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Integrative Health Care from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2021. She also spent a semester abroad in Guayaquil, Ecuador as a clinical intern and has been an undergraduate teaching fellow for two years. Her interests include humanitarian aid for people with disabilities in disaster settings, infectious disease prevention, and public health education. Erica is currently working on projects related to the caregiving perspective among the intellectual and disability community and developing machine learning for epidemiological research. 

Graduate Research Assistant: Arielle Markowitz 

Arielle is a graduate student at BU School of Public Health where she is pursuing an MPH with certificates in Health Policy and Law and Human Rights and Social Justice. Arielle completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon in 2019 with a BS in Psychology and Computer Technology while working in clinical research.  Arielle’s primary interests are Medicaid policy reform and removing access barriers to equitable and affordable health care. Arielle is working on the DS-TO-THE-MAX project.


Jade Ransohoff, MPH 2020-2021, DO Student at Western University

Anna-Mariya Kirova, LCSW 2021-2022, Training Associate, Boston University Center for Psychiatric Research

Graham Bartsch, 2021-2022 Research Assistant, Special Olympics Partnership project 

Nichole Kyprianou, MS, 2021-2022, MD student at Wake Forest University Medical School

Tyler Jakab, MPH

Emily Bock, BS

Prisha Sujin Kumar, BS