• Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Pediatrics, School of Medicine
  • Director, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, University of Pennsylvania
  • Associate Director, Center for Autism Research, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

The goal of Dr. Mandell’s research is to improve the quality of care individuals with autism receive in their communities. This research is of two types. The first examines, at the state and national level, the effects of different strategies to organize, finance and deliver services on service use patterns and outcomes. The second consists of experimental studies designed to determine the best strategies to successfully implement proven-efficacious practices in community settings. In addition to conducting his federally funded research, Dr. Mandell directs the state-funded Autism Services, Education, Resources & Training (ASERT) Center, the goal of which is to improve quality of care for Pennsylvanians with autism and their families. Dr. Mandell is the author of more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications, many of which examine correlates of unmet need among children with psychiatric and developmental disabilities and strategies for reducing disparities. He co-chaired the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Autism Task Force from 2003 to 2006 and consults with the Department of Public Welfare to help them develop appropriate policies to meet the needs of families of children with autism. He currently serves as a member of the US Department of Health and Human Services Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee.