Live & Learn, Inc. provides public health research, consulting, and knowledge translation services. Based in California, Live & Learn, Inc. aims to improve the mental health and social welfare of communities across the nation and the globe. Live & Learn, Inc. clients and partners include organizations and institutions in research, advocacy, policy, and direct service who seek to improve public mental health.
Live & Learn works with public health system stakeholders—practitioners, advocates, and researchers—to conduct applied research and policy projects that have a measurable impact on the mental health of service users, families, and communities.
Live & Learn specializes in advancing inclusion of those who have personally struggled with their mental health, in efforts to conceptualize and implement social change. We bring the entrepreneurial spirit to synthesizing lived experience with learned expertise: a passion for seeking out high-influence opportunities that redefine the status quo in behavioral health services and policy.
On all projects, we partner with community-based organizations, governments, and researchers to maximize what we can learn from each other. Most of our collaborations are based on long-term, reciprocal relationships with our partners, with whom power and influence is shared.
In collaboration with these partners, we conduct projects that generate and disseminate actionable information related to workforce development, program implementation/sustainability, and service user experiences.
LAYSHA OSTROW, PHD
Founder & CEO
My research focuses on the design, implementation, and outcomes of community-based psycho-social interventions that present safe and effective pathways to independence by promoting equity and empowerment. Central to my work is a commitment to exploring policy changes and historical developments in public health systems that cultivate active engagement by stakeholders and community members.
In addition to my duties at Live & Learn, Inc., I am an Adjunct Professor in the School of Community and Global Health at Claremont Graduate University. I hold a PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a Master of Public Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. I completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF, and maintain a position there as a Visiting Professional.
I have been an invited speaker at events such as the Carter Center Symposium, the Kennedy Forum on Mental Health, the U.S. Senate HELP Committee’s roundtable to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, and the California Health Facilities Financing Authority. In 2016, I was the recipient of the 2016 Carol T. Mowbray Early Career Research Award from the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.
As a person who experienced mental health systems that are often ineffective at promoting recovery and community inclusion, I am passionate about improving these systems through research that advances the use of evidence-based practices in real-world settings.