BBI Senior Fellow; Mathematica Senior Director, Disability Business Development, Ph.D.
Purvi Sevak, is a business director at Mathematica overseeing Mathematica’s portfolio of disability research. She has management responsibilities in overseeing studies using a range of methodological approaches, data, and dissemination. Dr. Sevak has been studying employment for people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations for over 20 years. She has worked with federal, state, and private clients including the National Institute for Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, Rehabilitation Services Administration, State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies, the Social Security Administration, and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Dr. Sevak currently leads Mathematica’s work on the Minority Youth and Centers for Independent Living project, which includes research and technical assistance activities to increase and improve services for transition aged youth with disabilities from minority backgrounds. She also serves as an engagement lead on the Equity Technical Assistance Center, where she provides training for Health and Human Services staff on advancing equity through quantitative research.
She brings her own lived experience as a person with Type 1 Diabetes, who depends on daily and timely insulin dosing and benefits from ongoing technology innovations. She was formerly a professor at Hunter College, CUNY. She has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan.