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Susan J. Popkin
Director, Neighborhoods and Youth Development
The Urban Institute
"Let Girls Be Girls: A New Research Initiative"
The Urban Institute has launched a new research initiative that builds on our research on how place matters for kids’ life chances. Thanks to high-profile efforts like the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, the issues confronting boys and young men growing up in distressed places are receiving long-overdue attention. But girls live in these same communities, are faced with the same challenges, and also experience gender-specific risks like sexual harassment, exploitation, pressure, and sexual violence. Our research focuses on the unique challenges girls face growing up in chronically disadvantaged and chronically violent communities, the consequences for girls’ and young women’s health and development, and the potential to intervene to improve their life chances.
Susan J. Popkin is both Director of The Urban Institute's Program on Neighborhoods and Youth Development and a Senior Fellow in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center. A nationally-recognized expert on assisted housing and mobility, Dr. Popkin's research has focused on the impact of the radical changes in housing policy over the past decade on the lives of the most vulnerable public and assisted housing families. This body of research includes the HOPE VI Panel Study, the first large-scale, systematic look at outcomes for families involuntarily relocated from public housing; the "Chicago Family Case Management Demonstration", a unique partnership which is testing the impact and cost-effectiveness of intensive services for the most troubled public housing residents; the "Three City Study of Moving to Opportunity"; and the analysis of housing and mobility outcomes for the ongoing "MTO Final Evaluation". Dr. Popkin is currently developing a new research agenda growing out of her work on public housing that will focus on the ways that neighborhood environments, particularly violence, sexual harassment and pressure for early sexual initiation affect youth transitions to adulthood. Previously, she directed the a series of studies on public housing transformation in Chicago; the only national study of public housing desegregation, and two large-scale studies of the Gautreaux Housing Desegregation program.
Prior to joining the Urban Institute, Dr. Popkin was an Associate at Abt Associates, Inc. Before coming to Abt, she was an Assistant Professor of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, and a Senior Research Specialist at the Prevention Research Center, University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Popkin holds a PhD in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University.
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