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.


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



Leonard Lopoo
Len Lopoo

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

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 Affiliate, Aging Studies Institute

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.