Abigail Ferrell is a public health analyst for the Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care program in the Division for Social Policy, Health and Economics Research. Ms. Ferrell is a member of qualitative and quantitative teams for projects funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. She has contributed to primary data collection, literature reviews, data analysis, and report writing for these projects on topics ranging from potentially avoidable hospitalizations in nursing home residents to the use of telehealth in medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction.
Ms. Ferrell is particularly interested in supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and how care practices can be optimized to provide access and quality health care. These interests are reflected in her project work, which includes studies focused on residential supports and access to medical care. Before joining RTI, she worked as a research assistant on projects aimed at identifying structural biological differences and early signs of autism. Ms. Ferrell’s experience also includes a seasonal position where she offered direct care and activity programming to individuals with a wide range of developmental and intellectual disabilities.