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Colleen M Heflin

Associate Professor
Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs
Public Affairs

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Heflin, Colleen

Dr. Heflin’s interdisciplinary research program focuses on understanding the survival strategies employed by low-income households to make ends meet, the implications of using these strategies for individual and household well-being, and how public policies influence well-being. A central focus of her work has been understanding the causes and consequences of material hardship. Current projects examine how the population using food stamps and unemployment insurance have changed with the recent recession, how household wealth may be impacted when siblings experience economic shocks, and the extent to which veteran status moderates the association between disability status and poverty/material hardship.

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