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Household Debt and Child Well-Being

Household debt has increased dramatically in the U.S. and despite an established link between family socioeconomic status (SES) and child health, few studies have considered whether debt contributes to child health inequalities. To  address this gap, my dissertation research examines how different forms of household unsecured debt, such as credit card and medical debt, influence child health and development.

 

Community and Food Insecurity 

My newest line of research examines the link between community context and household food insecurity. Over 1 in 5 children  in the U.S. reside in households that struggle to provide enough food for an adequate, healthy lifestyle. As part of a grant from the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, this line of work aims to identify which household, neighborhood, and county-level characteristics increase children's risk of being food insecure.