Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research

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Faculty and Staff


Dennis Culhane, PhD Dennis Culhane, PhD
Curriculum vitae (pdf)
Dana and Andrew Stone Chair in Social Policy and Research Professor, School of Policy and Practice; Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania


Dr. Culhane’s primary area of research is homelessness and assisted housing policy. 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. He is also the Director of Research for the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. He serves as the co-director for the Intelligence for Social Policy initiative, a MacArthur-funded project to promote the development of integrated database systems by states and localities for policy analysis and systems reform. He also co-directs the Cartographic Modeling Laboratory (CML), which applies spatial analysis to model the impact of the social and built environments on health, development, and behavior.