ICI Welcomes Julie Bershadsky, Ph.D., as Director of Community Living and Employment

Julie Bershadsky

January 22, 2021

Julie Bershadsky, Ph.D., will join the Institute on Community Integration on January 27 as the director of ICI’s Community Living and Employment area and co-director of the Research and Training Center on Community Living. 

Dr. Bershadsky spent the past eleven years with Human Services Research Institute, a longtime partner of ICI, providing analytic and methodological guidance and expertise to numerous agencies, organizations, and systems. She brings deep expertise in assisting organizations to analyze, improve, and monitor the delivery and outcomes of long-term services and supports for people with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities. She served as the lead methodologist and analyst for the National Core Indicators (NCI) program, as well as senior director and lead methodologist and analyst for the National Core Indicators – Aging and Disabilities (NCI-AD), a multi-state, multi-partner collaboration that measures performance of publicly-funded programs for older adults and adults with disabilities across participating states. In addition to managing program staff in this position, she provided direction, guidance, and oversight to more than 25 state teams, each of which was responsible for up to a hundred local project staff. Her extensive experience as a health services researcher, methodologist, statistician, and data analyst within the field of developmental disabilities, aging, and outcomes research positions her well in leading the Community Living and Employment area and furthering ICI’s mission of improving policies and practices to ensure that all children, youth, and adults with disabilities, and those receiving educational supports, are valued by and contribute to their communities of choice.

Dr. Bershadsky received her Ph.D. in Health Services Research and Policy from the University of Minnesota, studying under Robert L. Kane, former dean of the UMN School of Public Health, and Dr. Charlie Lakin, founding director of ICI’s Research and Training Center on Community Living. As an undergraduate at UMN, Julie worked as a direct support professional for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.