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Research interests

Dr. Heflin conducts policy-relevant research that sits at the boundaries of sociology, economics, public health, public administration, and women’s studies. The broad aim of her research is to understand the processes that create systems and patterns of social stratification and, more specifically, to examine welfare policy and the well-being of vulnerable populations, with a particular emphasis on the causes and consequences of material hardship. In a recent project, Dr. Heflin analyzed how specific shocks to family stability, such as unemployment or becoming disabled, lead to particular kinds of material hardship, such as medical or housing hardship. Other recent projects have examined how the population using food stamps and unemployment insurance has changed with the Great Recession; how the experience of material hardship affects couples’ decisions to marry; how children’s participation in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) affects their households’ overall food insecurity; and how veterans’ well-being and social program participation compares to that of other groups.

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Public Policy, Master of Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Social Sciences, BA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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Projects 2017 2020

Research Output 2000 2019

  • 1306 Citations
  • 16 h-Index
  • 40 Article
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Chapter

Adolescent food insecurity and risky behaviors and mental health during the transition to adulthood

Heflin, C., Kukla-Acevedo, S. & Darolia, R., Oct 1 2019, In : Children and Youth Services Review. 105, 104416.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Health Transition
Food Supply
nutrition situation
adulthood
Mental Health

SNAP benefits and childhood asthma

Heflin, C., Arteaga, I., Hodges, L., Ndashiyme, J. F. & Rabbitt, M. P., Jan 1 2019, In : Social Science and Medicine. 220, p. 203-211 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hospital Emergency Service
Medicaid
Asthma
assistance
childhood

Food insecurity and disability in the United States

Heflin, C., Altman, C. E. & Rodriguez, L. L., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Disability and Health Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Food Supply
Mobility Limitation
Food
Nutrition Surveys
Public Policy

Food pantry assistance and the great recession

Heflin, C. & Price, A., Mar 10 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Food Assistance
recession
assistance
food
Food
1 Citation (Scopus)

SNAP Benefits and Pregnancy-Related Emergency Room Visits

Arteaga, I., Heflin, C. & Hodges, L., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Population Research and Policy Review.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

pregnancy
nutrition
assistance
programme
food consumption

Press and Media

MAXWELL'S MPA PROGRAM LAUNCHES DATA ANALYTICS AREA OF STUDY AND INTERNSHIP OPTIONS

Robert Bifulco, Peter Wilcoxen & Colleen Heflin

1/9/19

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Lower SNAP Benefits May Increase ER Visits for Pediatric Asthma

Colleen Heflin

12/14/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Rochester child poverty rate 3rd in nation

Colleen Heflin

9/14/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Childhood poverty rates high in upstate NY

Colleen Heflin

9/13/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment