Dennis Culhane, PhD

Dennis Culhane, PhD
Senior Fellow

Dana and Andrew Stone Professor of Social Policy, School of Social Policy & Practice

Public Health Interests

HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, Mental Health

Current Public-Health Related Activities

Dennis Culhane is the Dana and Andrew Stone Professor of Social Policy at the School of Social Policy and Practice at The University of Pennsylvania and the Director of Research for the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Culhane directs the Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP) initiative, a MacArthur-funded project to promote the development and use of integrated data systems by state and local governments for policy analysis and systems reform. His homelessness work has positioned him as an early innovator in the use of administrative data for program evaluation and policy analysis, particularly for populations which are difficult to assess and track. Culhane’s work has resulted in federal legislation requiring all cities and states to develop administrative data systems for tracking homeless services in order to receive HUD funding. Since the system’s implementation, Culhane has provided technical assistance to jurisdictions around the U.S. on using administrative data to inform the local policy-making process. As part of his work with AISP, Culhane recently organized several expert panels to address the challenges and identify innovative solutions related to developing and using integrated data systems.

Select Publications:

Kathy Moses, Allison Hamblin, Stephen Somers and Dennis P Culhane. "Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless Medicaid Enrollees: State Strategies" Center for Health Care Strategies Policy Brief (2016) Available at:

Ann Elizabeth Montgomery, Dorota Szymkowiak, Jessica Marcus, Paul Howard, Dennis Culhane. "Homelessness, Unsheltered Status, and Risk Factors for Mortality: Findings from the 100,000 Homes Campaign" Public Health Reports Vol. 131, Issue 6 (2016) p. 765-772 Available at:

Ann Elizabeth Montgomery, J J Cutuli, Michelle Evans-Chase, Dan Treglia, et al.. "Relationship Among Adverse Childhood Experiences, History of Active Military Service, and Adult Outcomes: Homelessness, Mental Health and Physical Health" American Journal of Public Health Vol. 103 Iss. S2 (2013) Available at:

Thomas Byrne, Jamison D. Fargo, Ann Elizabeth Montgomery, Christopher B. Roberts, Dennis Culhane, et al.. "Screening for Homelessness in the Veterans Health Administration: Monitoring Housing Stability through Repeat Screening" Public Health Reports Vol. 130 (2015) p. 702 - 710 Available at: