Colleen Heflin

Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs

Selected Papers


Material Hardship, Perceived Stress, and Health in Early Adulthood.” Huang, Ying, Colleen Heflin and Asiya Validova. 2020. Annals of Epidemiology. Sep 16:S1047-2797(20)30298-2. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32949721.

“U.S. Food and Nutrition Policy Across the Life Course.” Heflin, Colleen. (Forthcoming) in Current Issues in Aging and the Life Course: Public Policy. Routledge Press.

“The Material Hardships of Undocumented Immigrants in the United States: Evidence from SIPP 1996-2008.” Altman, Claire, Colleen Heflin, Chaeyung Jun, and James Bachmeier. (Forthcoming) in Population Research and Policy Review

“Exposure to Food Insecurity during Adolescence and Educational Attainment.”Heflin, Colleen, Rajeev Darolia and Sharon Kukla-Acevedo. 2020. Social Problems.

"Childhood injuries and food stamp benefits: an examination of administrative data in one US state." Heflin, Colleen, Irma Arteaga, Jean Felix Ndashiyme, and Matthew Rabbitt. 2020.  BMC Pediatrics 20, 297.

Disability, Food Insecurity by Nativity, Citizenship, and Duration.” Altman, Claire, Colleen Heflin and Hannah Patnaik. 2020. SSM-Population Health. 10:100550.

“Administrative Churn in SNAP and Healthcare Utilization Patterns.” Heflin, Colleen, Leslie Hodges, and Chinedum Ojinnaka. 2020. Medical Care. 58:33-37. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001235.

“The Effects of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on Mortality." Heflin, Colleen, Samuel Ingram and James P. Ziliak. 2019.  Health Affairs. 38:11, 1807-1815.  doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2019.00405.

Experimental Evidence of a Work Support Strategy That Is Effective for At-Risk Families: The Building Nebraska Families Program.” Meckstroth, Alicia, Andrew Burwick, Colleen Heflin, Jonathan McCay, and Michael Ponza. 2019. Social Service Review. 93:3, 389-428.

Adolescent food insecurity and risky and risky behaviors and mental health during the transition to adulthood.” Heflin, Colleen, Sharon Kukla-Acevedo, and Rajeev Darolia. 2019. Children and Youth Services Review. Volume 105, October 2019, 104416. 

Design Flaws: Consequences of the Coverage Gap in Food Programs on Children at Kindergarten Entry.” Arteaga, Irma, Colleen Heflin, and Sarah Parsons. 2019. Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy. Volume 41, Issue 2, June 2019, Pages 265–283.

Food Insecurity and Disability in the United States.” Heflin, Colleen, Claire Altman, and Laura Rodriguez. 2019. Disability and Health Journal.  Vol. 12(2): 220-226.

SNAP Benefits and Childhood Asthma.” Heflin, Colleen, Irma Arteaga, Leslie Hodges, Jean Felix Ndashiyme, and Matthew P Rabbitt. 2019. Social Science & Medicine. 220: 203-211.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Size and Timing and Hypertension-Related Emergency Department Claims Among Medicaid Enrollees.” Ojinnaka, Chinnedum and Colleen Heflin. 2018. Journal of the American Society of Hypertension 12(11) e27-e34. 

SNAP Benefits and Pregnancy-Related Emergency Room Visits.” Arteaga, Irma, Colleen Heflin, and Leslie Hodges. 2018.  Population Research and Policy Review. 37(6) 1031-1052. 

Emergency Food Assistance and the Great Recession.” Colleen Heflin and Ashley Price. 2019. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. 14:1-2, 225-239.

Household Food Insecurity and Early Childhood Health and Cognitive Development among Children of Immigrants.” Ying Huang, Stephanie Potochnick, and Colleen Heflin. 2018. Journal of Family Issues. Vol 39(6): 1465–1497. 

“The Role of Social Positioning in Observed Patterns of Material Hardship: New Evidence from the 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation.” Heflin, Colleen. 2017.  Social Problems 64:513-531. doi: 10.1093/socpro/spw041

“Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits and Emergency Room Visits for Hypoglycemia.” Heflin, Colleen, Leslie Hodges and Peter Mueser. 2016.  Public Health Nutrition, 1-8. doi:0.1017/S1368980016003153

“The Impact of Aging out of WIC on Food Security in Households with Children.” Irma Arteaga, Colleen Heflin and Sara Gable. 2016.  Children and Youth Services Review, 69, 82-96. doi:0.1016/j.childyouth.2016.07.015

“Family Instability and Material Hardship: Results from the 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation.”  Heflin, Colleen. 2016. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 37(3), 359-372. doi: 10.1007/s10834-016-9503-6.

“Unpacking an Anomaly: Analyzing the 2005-2012 Current Population Survey to Understand Why Many Emergency Food Assistance Users Report Being Food Secure.” Heflin, Colleen and Kate Olson. 2016. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 12(1): 64-76. doi: 10.1080/19320248.2016.1157548

“The Great Recession and SNAP Caseloads: A Tale of Two States.” Edwards, Mark, Colleen Heflin, Peter Mueser, Sue Porter and Bruce Weber. 2016.  Journal of Poverty, 20:3, 261-277, doi: 10.1080/10875549.2015.1094770

"Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Use among Active-Duty Military Personnel, Veterans, and Reservists." London, Andrew and Colleen Heflin. 2015. Population Research and Policy Review, 34(6): 805-826.

The Use of VA Disability Benefits and Social Security Disability Insurance among Working-Aged Veterans.” Wilmoth, Janet, Andrew London and Colleen Heflin. 2015. Disability and Health Journal, 8: 388-396.

“Economic Well-Being among Older-Adult Households: Variation by Veteran and Disability Status.”  Wilmoth, Janet, Andrew London and Colleen Heflin. 2015. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 58(4): 399-419. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2015.1019657

“Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Food Insufficiency: Evidence from a Statewide Probability Sample.” Yunju, Nam, Jin Huang, Colleen Heflin and Michael Sherraden. 2015. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 6(2): 201-228. 

“The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Food Insecurity.” Heflin, Colleen, Irma Arteaga, and Sara Gable. 2015.  Social Services Review, 89(1): 77-98.