Dr. Nepomnyaschy's research interests are broadly focused on how poverty and inequality impact child and family health and well-being. One line of work examines the impact of social policies, particularly related to fathers and child support, on the well-being of families and children. Another line of work examines socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in child health and development. Her current work is being funded by the Foundation for Child Development Young Scholars Program and the Research Program on Childhood Hunger through the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research and the U.S. Food and Nutrition Service.
Selected Recent Publications:
Nepomnyaschy, Lenna and Julien Teitler. 2013. “Cyclical Cohabitation among Unmarried Parents in Fragile Families.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 75(5):1248-1265.
Nepomnyaschy, Lenna, Thomas Hegyi, Barbara Ostfeld, and Nancy Reichman. 2012.
“Developmental Outcomes of Late Preterm Infants at 2 and 4 Years of Age.” Maternal and
Child Health Journal, 16:1612-1624.
Nepomnyaschy, Lenna, Katherine Magnuson, and Lawrence Berger. 2012. “Child Support and Young Children’s Development.” Social Service Review, 86(1):3-35.
Nepomnyaschy, Lenna and Irwin Garfinkel. 2011. “Fathers’ Involvement with Their Nonresident Children and Material Hardship.” Social Service Review, 85(1):3-38.
Nepomnyaschy, Lenna and Irwin Garfinkel. 2010. “Child Support Enforcement and Fathers’ Contributions to their Nonmarital Children.” Social Service Review, 84(3):341-380.
(awarded Frank R. Breul Prize for the best article published in Social Service Review in 2010).
Nepomnyaschy, Lenna. 2010. “Race Disparities in Low Birth Weight in the South and the Rest of the Nation.” Social Science & Medicine, 70:684-691.
Teitler, Julien, Nancy Reichman, Lenna Nepomnyaschy, and Irwin Garfinkel. 2009. “Effects of Welfare Participation on Marriage.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 71(4):878-891.
Nepomnyaschy, Lenna. 2009. “Socioeconomic Gradients in Infant Health Across Race and Ethnicity.” Maternal and Child Health Journal, 13(6):720-731.
Kaushal, Neeraj and Lenna Nepomnyaschy. 2009. “Wealth, Race, and Children’s Educational Outcomes.” Children and Youth Services Review, 31(9):963-971. (Authors in alphabetical order).
Reichman, Nancy and Lenna Nepomnyaschy. 2008. “Maternal Pre-Pregnancy Obesity and Diagnosis of Asthma in Offspring at Age 3 Years.” Maternal and Child Health Journal, 12(6):725-733.
Teitler, Julien, Nancy Reichman, and Lenna Nepomnyaschy. 2007. “Determinants of TANF Participation: A Multilevel Analysis.” Social Service Review, 81(4):633-56.
Nepomnyaschy, Lenna. 2007. “Child Support and Father-Child Contact: Testing Reciprocal Pathways.” Demography, 44(1):93-112.
Teitler, Julien, Nancy Reichman, Lenna Nepomnyaschy, and Melissa Martinson. 2007. “A Cross-National Comparison of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Low Birthweight in the United States and England.” Pediatrics, 120(5):e1182-1189.