Julia Kantner , M.S.W.

Research Assistant

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  • Education
    • Master of Social Work, Boston University School of Social Work
    • Master of Public Health, Boston University School of Public Health (expected: January 2019)
    • Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, Northeastern University


Julia Kantner joined the Center for Health Policy and Practice in June 2017, as a research assistant with the Catalyst Center. She supports the Catalyst Center with research, evaluation, technical assistance, and policy activities. She brings a personal passion to policies regarding children and youth with special health care needs, and is excited to be joining such an experienced and knowledgeable team.

Julia graduated with an MSW in Clinical Social Work from BU School of Social Work in May 2017. She is currently studying to complete her MPH, with a concentration in Policy and Management, at BU School of Public Health. While completing her MSW, Julia interned as a high school social worker and as a patient advocate with Health Leads at Boston Medical Center. Prior to pursuing her graduate degree, Julia worked for Mass in Motion New Bedford, as a Healthy Living Coordinator. Her work with Mass in Motion focused on addressing the social determinants of health, to combat preventable chronic diseases, through community-based interventions such as healthy corner stores, and a safer built environment.

Moment of Pride

Receiving the distinction as one of the 100 most influential students at Northeastern University in 2014, for her work in the Health Disparities Student Collaborative, as well as her public health service in Ecuador.

Fast Fact

Julia enjoys nature and has an ever-growing rock and mineral collection, with specimens from Alaska to Peru.