• 1474 Citations
  • 17 h-Index

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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.


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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Research Output

  • 1474 Citations
  • 17 h-Index
  • 48 Article
  • 3 Review article
  • 1 Chapter

Administrative Churn in SNAP and Health Care Utilization Patterns

Heflin, C., Hodges, L. & Ojinnaka, C., Jan 1 2020, In : Medical Care. 58, 1, p. 33-37 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Disability, food insecurity by nativity, citizenship, and duration

    Altman, C. E., Heflin, C. M. & Patnaik, H. A., Apr 2020, In : SSM - Population Health. 10, 100550.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations

    Design Flaws: Consequences of the Coverage Gap in Food Programs for Children at Kindergarten Entry

    Arteaga, I., Heflin, C. & Parsons, S., Jan 1 2019, In : Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. 41, 2, p. 265-283 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Experimental evidence of a work support strategy that is effective for at-risk families: The building Nebraska families program

    Meckstroth, A., Moore, Q., Burwick, A., Heflin, C., Ponza, M. & McCay, J., Sep 1 2019, In : Social Service Review. 93, 3, p. 389-428 40 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle