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Lenna Nepomnyaschy

Associate Professor

PhD, Columbia

Dr. Nepomnyaschy's research interests include child and family policy, poverty and inequality, and health disparities.

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Dr. Nepomnyaschy's research interests are broadly focused on how poverty, inequality, and social policies 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 William T. Grant Foundation and explores the extent to which father involvement can reduce disparities in outcomes between children in lower and higher income families and the role of economic and social policies in promoting or inhibiting low-income fathers’ involvement with their children. Her previous work has been funded by the Foundation for Child Development and the Research Program on Childhood Hunger through the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research and the U.S. Food and Nutrition Service.

Courses Taught: 

Ph.D. Program

Advanced Statistical Methods I: Applied Regression (19:910:638) 

MSW Program

HBSE: Poverty, Inequality, Discrimination & Public Policy (19:910:544) 

Social Welfare Policies and Services (SWPS) II (19:910:585)  

Selected Recent Publications: 

Haralampoudis, Alexandra*, Lenna Nepomnyaschy & Louis Donnelly. (Accepted). “Head Start Participation and Nonresident Fathers’ Involvement with Children.” Journal of Marriage and Family

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna, Daniel Miller, Maureen Waller & Allison Dwyer Emory. 2020. “The Role of Fathers in Reducing Socioeconomic Inequalities in Adolescent Behavior Outcomes.” Social Service Review 94(3): 521-566. 

Waller, Maureen R., Lenna Nepomnyaschy, Daniel P. Miller, Meaghan Mingo*. 2020. Using a Narrative Approach to Analyze Longitudinal Mixed Methods Data. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, DOI: 10.1177/1558689820953237. 

Dwyer Emory, Allison, Daniel P. Miller, Lenna Nepomnyaschy, Maureen R. Waller & Alexandra Haralampoudis*. 2020. “The Minimum Wage and Fathers’ Residence with Children.” Journal of Family and Economic Issues 41(3): 472-491.  

Dwyer Emory, Allison, Lenna Nepomnyaschy, Maureen Waller, Daniel Miller, Alexandra Haralampoudis*. 2020. “Providing After Prison: Nonresident Fathers’ Formal and Informal Contributions to Children.” RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences 6(1):84-112. 

Miller, Daniel R., Margaret Thomas*, Maureen Waller, Lenna Nepomnyaschy & Allison Dwyer Emory. 2020. “Father Involvement and Socioeconomic Disparities in Child Academic Outcomes.” Journal of Marriage and Family 82(2):515-533.  

O’Connor, Julia* and Lenna Nepomnyaschy. 2020. “Intimate Partner Violence and Material Hardship among Urban Mothers.” Violence Against Women 26(9): 935-954. 

Sariscsany, Laurel*, Irwin Garfinkel, and Lenna Nepomnyaschy. 2019. “Describing and Understanding Child Support Trajectories.” Social Service Review 93(2):143-182.  

Gold, Sarah* and Lenna Nepomnyaschy. 2018. “Neighborhood Physical Disorder and Early Delinquency among Urban Children. Journal of Marriage and Family. 80(4):919-933

* student co-author

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