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Tatjana Meschede

Tatjana Meschede, Research DirectorDr. Tatjana Meschede, Research Director and Senior Scientist, manages IASP’s project that address financial well-being and risk of diverse U.S. population groups, including creating data tools documenting economic security and risk for the US middle class and seniors, and racial wealth gap analyses. She is the lead or co-lead author on many IASP publications, such as reports in the “Leveraging Mobility”, "Living Longer on Less", and "By a Thread" series, and has presented on economic well-being for differently population groups with a specific focus on racial/ethnic disparities at many conferences and events. More recently, Dr. Meschede was selected as Visiting Scholar at the Boston Federal Reserve Bank where she is analyzing new data on local race and ethnic wealth holdings, the National Assets Score Card of Communities of Color (NASCC) data set.

Dr. Meschede also leads IASP’s research and evaluation projects on homelessness, including a state wide work force development initiative targeting homeless parents and an evaluation of the Housing First for Homeless Families Program in Massachusetts' South Shore region. She has extensive experience in research on homelessness collaborating with Massachusetts' state departments (DHCD, DTA, DPH,) and local communities, and is the author of numerous reports and publications, including SECURE JOBS, SECURE HOMES, SECURE FAMILIES: Process evaluation of the Massachusetts Secure Jobs Initiative; Bridges and Barriers to Housing for Chronically Homeless Street DwellersAccessing Housing: Exploring the Impact of Medical and Substance Abuse ServicesThe First Two Years of Housing First in Quincy, Massachusetts; and From Street Life to Housing: Consumer and Provider Perspectives on Service Delivery and Access to Housing.


Dr. Meschede has worked in Israel and Europe, and is on the faculty at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, and at the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Department at Tufts University, where she teaches introductory statistics. She received her Ph.D. in Public Policy from the McCormack Graduate School in Policy Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

(781) 736-8678 | meschede@brandeis.edu 

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