Tatjana Meschede, PhD

Research Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) and Senior Lecturer, Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Tatjana Meschede, Research Director at the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) and Senior Lecturer at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management, manages IASP’s project on financial well-being and risk of diverse U.S. population groups with a specific focus on racial wealth disparities. She is the 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.