Susan Pfefferle’s research studies focus on behavioral health and health services for underserved populations, including Medicaid and uninsured populations. She is a subject matter expert on child and adult behavioral health and consults MassHealth on behavioral health redesign.
Pfefferle has led projects involving a quasi-experimental study using state Medicaid data, young children’s behavioral health, integration of behavioral health and home visiting, HIV and behavioral health, and cancer disparities for those with behavioral health diagnoses. She has also conducted studies on jail diversion, opioid use disorder, and housing.
Before joining Commonwealth Medicine, Pfefferle ran large community mental health programs and led behavioral health program evaluations.
Pfefferle earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a doctoral degree in social policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University. She completed her post-doctoral training at the Center for Mental Health Services Research at Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a National Institute of Mental Health post-doctoral fellow.