Dennis P. Culhane
Dr. Dennis P. Culhane is a leading thinker and researcher with primary expertise in the field of homelessness and assisted housing policy. He is considered an early innovator in the use of administrative data for research and policy analysis, particularly for populations and program impacts which are difficult to assess and track. His work has influenced a national shift in how cities address homelessness and support the needs of people experiencing housing emergencies. His research includes studies of vulnerable youth and young adults, including those transitioning from foster care, juvenile justice, and residential treatment services. Dr. Culhane is the Director of Research for the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. He also co-directs the Intelligence for Social Policy initiative (ISP), a MacArthur-funded project to promote the development of integrated database systems by states and localities for policy analysis and systems reform.
- Ph. D. (social psychology) - Boston College, ’90
- B.A. (psychology) - Bonaventure University, ’85
Professor; Dana and Andrew Stone Chair in Social Policy; Co-Principal Investigator, Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy; Director of Research, National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans
- Senior Fellow, Center for Public Health Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania
- Faculty Co-Director, Cartographic Modeling Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania
- Research Associate, Center for Population Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
School of Social Policy and Practice
School of Education
School of Medicine
Social Policy, Psychiatry, Policy Research and Evaluation
Capitol Hill Testimony
December 11, 2012. Briefing. Progress in Addressing Veteran Homelessness. The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. Washington, DC.
December 4, 2012. Integrated Data Systems and their Utility for Policy Research and Evaluation. Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology, Statistical Policy Seminar. Washington, DC.
November 1, 2011. Integrating Data across Government Services to Improve Quality, Efficiency and Outcomes. United States Department of Justice. Washington, DC.
December 8, 2010. Using Data to Inform Systems Change in VA Homeless Programs. US Department of Veterans’ Affairs Homelessness Summit. Washington, DC.
March 1, 2010. Briefing on homelessness policy directions. The Domestic Policy Council. The White House, Washington, DC.
November 3, 2009. Prevention-Centered Approach to Homelessness: A Paradigm Shift? National Meeting of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs on Homelessness. Washington, DC.
October 16, 2007. Invited testimony. United States House of Representatives, Financial Services Committee, Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity. Washington, DC.
July 12, 2007. Homelessness research and policy in a US context. Tri-Country Conference on Homelessness. Washington, DC: The White House.
May 29, 2007. Briefing on Family Homelessness. United States Senate, HUD Appropriations Committee staff. Washington, DC.
May 22, 2007. Briefing on Family Homelessness. The Domestic Policy Council. The White House, Washington, DC.
March 30, 2006. Invited testimony. United States Senate, Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, the Judiciary, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies. Washington, DC.
December, 2005. Briefing on the Chronic Homelessness Initiative. The Office of Management and Budget, Office of the Director. The White House. Washington, DC.
Past and Present Public Policy Affiliations
Director of Research, National Center on Homelessness among Veterans, the United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs, 2009 - present
Consultant, US Interagency Council on Homelessness, White House Domestic Policy Council, 2003 - 2008
Homelessness Prevention Task Force, City of Philadelphia, 1995 - 1998
Montgomery AE, Byrne T, Treglia D & Culhane DP (2016). Characteristics and Likelihood of Ongoing Homelessness among Unsheltered Veterans, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 27 (2), 911 – 922.
Byrne, T, Montgomery, AE, Fargo, J, Roberts, CB, Kane, V & Culhane DP (2015). Screening for homelessness and risk in a national healthcare system: Monitoring housing stability through repeated screening and exploring profiles of risk, Public Health Reports, 130, 702-710.
Byrne, T., Treglia, D., Culhane, D.P., Kuhn, J., & Kane, V. (2015). Predictors of homelessness among families and single adults following exit from homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing programs: Evidence from the Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, Housing Policy Debate, 26 (1).
Tsai, J, Kasprow, WJ, Culhane, DP & Rosenheck, R (2015). Homeless veterans eligible for Medicaid underthe Affordable Care Act, 2015, Psychiatric Services, 66 (12), 1353-1356.
Byrne, T, Metraux, S, Kim, M, Culhane DP, Moreno, M., Toros, H & Stevens, M (2014). Public assistance receipt among older youth exiting foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 44, 307-316.
Montgomery, AE, Fargo J, Kane V & Culhane DP (2014). Development and validation of an instrument toassess imminent risk of homelessness among veterans, Public Health Reports, 129. 428-436.
Byrne, T., Montgomery, A. E., Treglia, D., Roberts, C. B., & Culhane, D. P. (2013). Health Services Use Among Veterans Using US Department of Veterans Affairs and Mainstream Homeless Services, World Medical & Health Policy, 5(4), 347-361.
Culhane, DP, Kane, VR & Johnston, M (2013). Homelessness Research: Shaping Policy and Practice, Now and Into the Future, American Journal of Public Health, 103 (S2): S181-S182.
Tsai, J, Rosenheck RA, Culhane, DP & Artiga S (2013). Medicaid expansion: Chronically homeless adults will need targeted enrollment and access to a broad range of services, Health Affairs, 32 (9), 1552-1559.
Culhane, DP, Metraux, S., Byrne, T., Stino, M. & Bainbridge, J. (2013). The age structure of contemporary homelessness: Evidence and implications for public policy, Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 13 (1), 1-17.
Culhane, DP (2013, April). Should federal agencies use the same definition of homelessness?, Congressional Quartlerly Researcher.
Culhane, DP, Park, JM & Metraux, S. (2011). The patterns and costs of services use among homeless familes, Journal of Community Psychology.
Culhane, DP, Metraux, S & Byrne, T. (2011). A prevention-centered approach to homelessness assistance: A paradigm shift?, Housing Policy Debate, 21 (2), 295-315.
Culhane, D., Fantuzzo, J., Lukens, J. & Rouse, H. (2010). Connecting the Dots: The Promise of Integrated Data Systems for Policy Analysis and Systems Reform. Intelligence for Social Policy.
Culhane, DP & Hornburg, S. (Eds.) (1997). Understanding Homelessness: New Policy and Research Perspectives. Washington, DC: The Fannie Mae Foundation.