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Robbie Dembo

Pronouns: He/Him

Senior Research Scientist

Robbie is a quantitative social scientist with expertise in developmental disabilities, maternal and child health, caregiving, social support, and social determinants of health.

Robbie is a senior research scientist whose research projects include analyses of policies that impact health disparities among underserved populations on behalf of the CMS Office of Minority Health and an assessment of health care programs serving children and families on behalf of the CMS Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services. Robbie also helps lead NORC’s interdepartmental Disability Research Working Group.

Robbie completed an NIH T32 postdoctoral fellowship training program in interdisciplinary research in intellectual and developmental disabilities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2020 to 2022. Between 2016 and 2020, he was a researcher at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University. Earlier in his career, Robbie conducted social policy research in the Office of the Governor in the State of Illinois.

Robbie regularly presents his research at professional conferences, including AcademyHealth and American Public Health Association meetings. He has lead and collaborated on studies published in interdisciplinary journals, including Social Science & Medicine, Autism, the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and Children and Youth Services Review. Robbie frequently serves as a peer referee for several academic journals.


NIH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship

University of Wisconsin-Madison


Brandeis University


Brandeis University


Indiana University


University of Michigan

Honors & Awards

Morse Society Scholar | 2020

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Honorable Jonathan Brant Endowed Doctoral Fellow | 2019

Brandeis University

Best Research Poster Award | 2019

Sunbelt, International Network for Social Network Analysis

Social Networks and Health Fellow | 2019

Duke University

Best Student Research Award | 2018, 2019

AcademyHealth Disability Research Interest Group

Project Contributions

Reducing Health Disparities Through Quality Improvement

Helping to embed health equity into Medicare and Medicaid services


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of Minority Health