Graduate Research Affiliates

Lerner Center Graduate Research Affiliates assist in fulfilling our mission of improving population health by contributing to research, data collection and analysis, and evaluation of current projects.

Austin McNeill Brown, LMSW

Lerner Graduate Research Affiliate Austin McNeil BrownAustin is the former Associate Director of Research at the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery at Kennesaw State University. His work has spanned the breadth of recovery science, from theories of addiction recovery, recovery support systems, and collegiate recovery programs. Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Texas Tech University, and Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Vermont.  Austin has worked as both a clinician and a researcher since 2016.

Email Austin: abrown48@syr.edu

Claire Pendergrast

Graduate Research Affiliate Claire Pendergrast

Claire Pendergrast is a Sociology PhD student interested in aging, social policy, and health disparities. She received her Master of Public Health from the University of Washington in 2019, where her research focused on public health policy, healthy aging, and community resilience to disasters. Claire has worked at the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services, where she focused on environmental health communications and community engagement, and as the Research Translation assistant for the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program, where she supported science policy and risk communication programming and research. Claire is passionate about working in partnership with communities and policy stakeholders to support evidence-based public health.

Email Claire: cpenderg@syr.edu