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.
Selected Recent Publications:
Nepomnyaschy, Lenna and Louis Donnelly. 2015. “Father Involvement and Childhood Injuries.” Journal of Marriage and Family 77(3):628-646.
Miller, Daniel, Lenna Nepomnyaschy, Steve Garasky, and Gabriel Lara-Ibarra. 2014. “Family Structure and Child Food Insecurity.” American Journal of Public Health 104(7):e70-76.
Nepomnyaschy, Lenna and Louis Donnelly. 2014. “Child Support in Immigrant Families.” Population Research and Policy Review 33(6):817-840.
Nepomnyaschy, Lenna, Daniel Miller, Steve Garasky, and Neha Nanda. 2014. “Nonresident Fathers and Child Food Insecurity: Evidence from Longitudinal Data.” Social Service Review 88(1):92-133.
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 the Frank R. Breul Prize for 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.
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.