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 recent project was funded by the William T. Grant Foundation and explored 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’ ability to be involved 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) 

Advanced Statistical Methods II: Generalized Linear Models (19:910:639)

MSW Program

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

Advanced Contemporary Policy: Economic Justice for Families & Communities (19:910:585)  

Politics, Policy & Racial Justice (19:910:527)

Selected Recent Publications

* student co-author; ** post-doc co-author

Reynolds, Addam*, Emily Greenfield & Lenna Nepomnyaschy. (Accepted). Disparate Benefits of Higher Childhood Socioeconomic Status on Cognition in Adulthood by Intersectional Social Positions. Advances in Life Course Research.

Gale, Adrian & Lenna Nepomnyaschy. 2023. School Connectedness and Mental Health Among Black Adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Online first: 1-12. DOI: 10.1007/s10964-023-01898-0

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna and Daniel P. Miller. 2023. “Expanding Our Understanding of Public Policies to Support Father Involvement.” In Bellamy, Jennifer L., Brianna P. Lemmons, Qiana R. Cryer-Coupet, and Jennifer A. Shadik (Eds.) Social Work Practice with Fathers: Engagement, Assessment, and Intervention (p. 147-167). Springer International. (

Scher, Clara*, Lenna Nepomnyaschy & Takashi Amano. 2023. Cognitive and Physical Decline as Predictors of Depression among Older Adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 42(3): 387-398. DOI: 10.1177/07334648221139255

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna, Margaret Thomas, Alexandra Haralampoudis*, Huiying Jin*. 2022. Nonresident Fathers and Children’s Economic Precarity. ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (online first). DOI: 10.1177/0002716222111934

Robbins, Nathan*, Maureen R. Waller, Lenna Nepomnyaschy & Daniel P. Miller. 2022. Child Support Debt and the Well-being of Disadvantaged Fathers of Color. Journal of Marriage and Family, 84(5):1366-1386.

Zhang, Liwei**, Cassandra Simmel, Lenna Nepomnyaschy. 2021. Neighborhood Inequality and Child Maltreatment Rates in US Counties, 2009-2018. Child Abuse & Neglect. DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2021.105328

James, Christine*, Manuel E. Jimenez, Roy Wade Jr., Lenna Nepomnyaschy. 2021 Adverse Childhood Experiences and Teen Behavior Outcomes: The Role of Disability. Academic Pediatrics. DOI: 10.1016/j.acap.2021.05.006

Nepomnyaschy, Lenna, Allison Dwyer Emory, Maureen Waller, Daniel R. Miller, Kasey Eickmeyer**. 2021. Parental Debt and Child Well-being: What Type of Debt Matters for Child Behavior Outcomes? RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences. 7(3)122-151. DOI: 10.7758/RSF.2021.7.3.06

Zhang, Liwei**, Lenna Nepomnyaschy, Cassandra Simmel. 2021. So Close Yet So Different: Neighborhood Inequality and Child Maltreatment. Child Abuse & Neglect. DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2021.104988.

Haralampoudis, Alexandra*, Lenna Nepomnyaschy & Louis Donnelly. 2021. Head Start Participation and Nonresident Fathers’ Involvement with Children. Journal of Marriage and Family, 83(3):699-716.  DOI: 10.1111/jomf.12756

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