Amanda Spishak‑Thomas

health policy researcher. doctoral candidate. social worker.

About Me

Mandi Spishak-Thomas (she/her) is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University's School of Social Work and researcher in the Columbia Population Research Center. Mandi studies the implications of social policies for women throughout the life course, including reproductive health access, maternal health, and menopause, as well as the effects of anti-poverty policies on health and financial well-being.

With a passion for health care advocacy and extensive clinical social work experience, Mandi has continuously sought out opportunities to remain engaged in the community. She participated in a week-long political boot camp training sponsored by the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) where she learned to bridge the gap between research and policy. Mandi facilitates a monthly caregiver support group through the Alzheimer's Association and is an active member of the Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) Advocacy Collective spending monthly meetings organizing political actions and outreach to government officials in support of reproductive rights.

Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she worked as a licensed clinical social worker at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Alzheimer's Association in San Francisco, California and received a master's degree in Social Work from Columbia University. A Southern California native and baseball enthusiast (Go Mets!), Mandi enjoys hiking, biking, and running in her free time.

A PDF of my most recent CV can be found here.

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Columbia University - New York, NY
Ph.D. Social Work (Expected 2023)
Columbia University - New York, NY
MPhil (2022)
Columbia University - New York, NY
M.S.S.W. (2013)
Seattle University - Seattle, WA
B.A. Social Work, Nonprofit Leadership (2012)