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SP2 Professor Named American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare Fellow

Dr. Dennis Culhane

Authored by: Jacquie Posey

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Dennis Culhane, PhD, professor and Dana and Andrew Stone Chair in Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), is among 15 social work practice and policy leaders to be inducted as an American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare fellow.

They are being recognized for “distinguished accomplishments as scholars and practitioners dedicated to achieving excellence in high-impact work that advances social good.”

Culhane is an internationally recognized social science researcher with primary expertise in the field of homelessness. His research has contributed to efforts to address the housing and support needs of people experiencing housing emergencies and long-term homelessness. His recent research includes studies of vulnerable youth and young adults, including those transitioning from foster care, juvenile justice, and residential treatment services. More recently, Culhane was a contributor for the School’s signature SP2 Penn Top 10 initiative.

Culhane is a leader in the integration of administrative data for research and co-directs the Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy initiative, a MacArthur-funded initiative that promotes the development and use of integrated data systems for policy analysis and systems reform. He is also the director of research for the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. His work has been instrumental in a national shift in how cities address chronic homelessness and veteran homelessness.

He will be inducted during a public ceremony at the Society for Social Work and Research Conference on January 13, 2017 in New Orleans.


The Academy was established in 2009 to strengthen the field’s capacity for rigorous analysis that can guide effective human services policies, programs, and practices. It aims to influence social policy by serving as a frontline source of information for the social work profession, Congress and other government and non- governmental entities. The Academy promotes the examination of social policy and the application of research to test alternative policies, programs, and practices for their impact on society. AASWSW also celebrates excellence in social work and social welfare research, education, and practice.

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