Alisa M Ainbinder, PhD, MSW, MA, is a Senior Research Associate at PHIWM. Alisa has 15 + years of professional experience as an evaluator and researcher of health and social service programs, policies, and interventions. Prior to joining PHIWM, she worked at Mathematica and then VentureWell, mainly focused on contributing to large-scale federal or foundation data collection projects such as the evaluation of Living Cities’ “The Integration Initiative” or SAMSHA’s Supplemental Security Income/Social Security Disability Insurance Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) program which focuses on supporting access to potential benefits for people who are at risk of homelessness. She particularly enjoys innovative, cross-sector work that strives to have a tangible and sustainable effect on the well-being of a community. For example, she currently is evaluating the benefits and challenges of a Collaborative Care program in the Berkshires involving a behavioral health-focused partnership between pediatric practices and a school system. Alisa also brings background and experience in the area of Social Work with a PhD in Social Services Administration. She teaches social work and social welfare courses at Westfield State University and Smith College, where creating interactive, meaningful, and memorable learning opportunities is another passion of hers. After spending much of her adulthood in Washington, DC, she's come to cherish the uniqueness, eccentricities, and beauty of Western Massachusetts.