Tom Byrne, PhD
Dissertation Title: Modeling rates of chronic homelessness in American communities
Advisor: Dr. Dennis Culhane
Tom Byrne, PhD received his doctoral degree in social welfare in 2012 and previously served a Research Assistant Professor at the School of Social Policy and Practice. His research focuses on homelessness, supported housing policy, and the use of integrated administrative data systems for policy research. During his time as a doctoral student, Dr. Byrne was also a co-author on a study funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation that examined the young adult outcomes of youth exiting dependent and delinquent care in Los Angeles County. That study was one of the first to provide information about the adult trajectories of “crossover youth,” who have a history of involvement in both the foster care and juvenile justice systems, and Dr. Byrne is collaborating on several follow up studies.
In addition, Dr. Byrne was an Investigator at the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans. His work at the Center included several studies assessing the prevalence and risk of homelessness among veterans and the determinants of health services utilization among homeless veterans. As part of his work at the Center, he also collaborated on the first ever veteran supplement to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress.
Dr. Byrne’s current research focus is on the aging and mortality among both veterans and non-veterans experiencing homelessness. He is also engaged in a line of research that builds on his dissertation work, which examined community level predictors of variation in the rates of chronic homelessness across a large set of American communities.