Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, October 3, 2013

Mental health, homelessness to be discussed at seminar

Mental health shocks and homelessness is the topic of the La Follette School seminar on Tuesday, October 8, from 12:15-1:30 p.m. in 8417 Sewell Social Sciences.

Marah Curtis, an assistant social work professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will speak on "Mental Health Shocks as a Risk Factor for Homelessness." Her research focuses on the health, housing stability and living arrangements of economically vulnerable families and individuals. She examines how benefit policies and contextual factors affect well-being with a particular focus on the impact of incarceration and housing policies.

Given the varying rules governing housing and other benefit policies, Curtis pays particular attention to how program guidelines may affect decision-making around living arrangements and family formation. Her research brings renewed focus to an understudied but vital benefit by considering housing subsidies within the context of the larger housing market. Bridging research in housing policy with work focused on the impact of welfare benefits, her empirical approach includes contextual and individual level factors that are important in the lives of disadvantaged families.

The October 8 seminar is held in conjunction with the Center for Demography and Ecology.

Other La Follette School seminars are on Tuesdays at noon in the La Follette School conference room:

October 22. Policy Conversation: Michael Collins, La Follette School, "Integrating Financial Capability into Public Policy."

October 29. Policy Conversation: John Witte, La Follette School, "Building a Public Policy Community in Kazakhstan: My Year as Founding Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nazarbayev University."

November 12. Policy Conversation: Dennis Dresang, La Follette School, "Wisconsin and Federalism."

December 3. Policy Conversation: Jason Fletcher, La Follette School. "How Can Social Networks Affect Policy Impacts?"

December 10. Policy Conservation: Bob Haveman, La Follette School, "The U.S. Labor Market is a Mess: How Did it Get that Way and Is There a Way Out?"