Youth with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) face substantial barriers to economic independence in transitioning to adult life. The barriers are related to their health status, social isolation, service needs, and potential loss of disability benefits.
- Technical assistance
- Field observations
- Focus groups
- Administrative data
- Case record abstraction
- Survey data collection, all modes and mixed-mode
- Usability and user-experience testing
- Cognitive interviewing
- Low-income and vulnerable populations
- Public benefit programs
- Transition to Adulthood
- School Choice and Charters
- Family Support
- Youth Development
- Food Purchases, Intakes, and Dietary Quality
- Human Services
Holly Matulewicz designs and implements social policy research and program evaluations. Her technical expertise spans qualitative and quantitative methodologies, including in-depth interviews, field observation, focus groups, case record abstraction, linkages to administrative data, and all modes of survey data collection. Substantively, her projects span the disability, education, health, and nutrition areas.
Matulewicz has held leadership roles in several complex, high-profile studies with multi-mode, multi-site data collections. Her current work focuses on the health and well-being of people with disabilities, including transition-aged youth. She is the deputy survey director on the national evaluation of a demonstration that seeks to improve economic and educational outcomes for Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries. Matulewicz also directs a project for a study that aims to better understand the experiences of people with significant disabilities as they obtain treatment through new health plans offered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Matulewicz has also completed several education studies including the first national evaluation of the effectiveness of online public charter schools. She served as deputy survey director for the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012, a nationally representative study funded by the U.S. Department of Education. In the nutrition area, Matulewicz served as the deputy survey director for the National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This groundbreaking study collected information about the food choices and expenditures of U.S. households using address-based sampling.
Before joining Mathematica in 2009, Matulewicz led studies at the University of Massachusetts and Abt Associates. A skilled presenter and trainer, she has taught undergraduate courses in research methods and sociology and has provided technical assistance and training to professional staff and nonprofit organizations. A long-time member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), she has presented papers at AAPOR and FEDCASIC conferences and published in Survey Practice. She holds an M.A. in social sciences from the University of Chicago and completed professional development coursework through the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Michigan.