Shreya Paul is a Project Director at UNH’s Institute on Disability and loves using data analytics to tell stories about public policy. After completing her undergraduate degree in Mathematics, she pursued her master’s degree in public affairs (MPA) from Indiana University. Shreya served in Teach for India during her early professional career, working in schools teaching underprivileged children. Her research interests span several areas of public policy including policies related to disability, health, and education. In her academic and professional career she has done research on numerous projects, including studies on the impact of Tobacco 21 policy on youth gateway drug consumption behavior and the impact of high crime rate on the educational outcomes of high school students. She also served as a Research Assistant with the Indiana University Public Policy Institute (IUPPI) and wrote a policy brief on the risks and implications of using outdated voting machines in the Indiana presidential election.
Shreya’s work at IOD includes collecting, analyzing and interpreting data to publish the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium 2020. She will also examine the differences in two disability question sets - the American Community Survey (ACS) and Washington Group Short (WGS) - to study how the use of each of these survey sets influence outcome estimates. Through her work Shreya is determined to improve the lives of people with disabilities by providing them with the tools required to access and interpret current disability statistics.