Dennis Culhane

Dennis P. Culhane, PhD

  • Professor
  • Dana and Andrew Stone Chair in Social Policy
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy
  • Research Interests


    Housing policy

    Policy analysis research methods

    Dr. Culhane is a social science researcher with primary expertise in the area of homelessness and assisted housing policy. His work has contributed to efforts to address the housing and support needs of people experiencing housing emergencies and long-term homelessness.

    Most recently, Culhane’s research has focused on using linked administrative data to gain a better understanding about the service utilization patterns of vulnerable populations, including youth exiting foster care and/or juvenile justice, as well as the individuals aged 55 and older who are experiencing homelessness.

    Dr. Culhane’s research also focuses on homelessness among veterans. From July 2009 – June 2018 he served as Director of Research at the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Dr. Culhane also co-directs Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP), an initiative that promotes the development, use, and innovation of integrated data systems by states and localities for policy analysis and systems reform.



    office: 215.746.3245

    fax: 215.573.2099



    3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214



    Standing Faculty | Faculty | Research Centers & Special Projects | Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy


    MSW | MSSP | PhD

    Research Areas(s)

    Data Driven Policy Analysis + Evidence-Based Practice | Mass Incarceration, Homelessness, Substance Use

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