Social Welfare, Poverty, and Income Security

The Center’s topics of research include policies involving government disability benefits programs, particularly benefits to low-income children with health problems; low-income families, particularly the choices made by adolescents, and public policies designed to assist this population. Current research in conjunction with countries outside the United States includes international displacement, state-building, and criminal networks. Work currently includes a collaboration on the design and implementation of an impact evaluation of a state-building program that USAID and the government are undertaking in Colombia.


Tom Dennison


Thomas Dennison

Professor of Practice, Public Administration and International Affairs
Director, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion

Research Interests: Health care management, health care finance, home and community based care, non-profit governance

Sarah Hamersma


Sarah Hamersma

Associate Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs

Research Interests: Public economics, labor economics and applied economics


Colleen Heflin

Colleen Heflin

Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs

Research Interests: Social policy, poverty policy, child and family policy


Len Lopoo


Len Lopoo

Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs
Director, Center for Policy Research

Research Interests: Child and family policy, economic demography

Katherine Michelmore


Kathy Michelmore

Assistant Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs

Research Interests: Family policy, economics of education, labor economics


Shannon Monnat


Shannon Monnat

Associate Professor, Sociology
Chair, Lerner Center of Public Health Promotion

Research Interests: Social demography, social determinants of health and health disparities, spatial differences in morbidity and mortality, inequality and social stratification


Perry Singleton


Perry Singleton

Associate Professor, Economics

Research Interests: Public finance, health economics


For more information about CPR programs and research projects, contact Peggy Austin. You may also obtain general information about CPR by calling +1 315-443-3114, or by sending an email to ctrpol@syr.edu.