07/10/2012

Stephen Métraux, PhD

Healthy Policy and Public Health

Metraux_stephenAssociate Professor of Health Policy

Expertise

Community mental health services, homelessness and housing, low income housing (persons with disabilities), medical sociology, urban sociology, housing and health issues among military veterans.

About Dr. Métraux

Dr. Métraux’s research interests centers on urban health, especially in the context of issues such as homelessness and housing, community mental health, and incarceration and prisoner reentry. These interests were shaped by eight years working in homeless and indigent substance abusing populations, after which he received his PhD in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Métraux’s research currently involves using large administrative data sets to assess patterns of services use in homeless, mental health, and corrections systems and consults with local jurisdictions to evaluate programming in these areas and their related costs.

Dr. Métraux’s regular speaking topics center on homelessness and particularly on the impact of veteran status, supportive housing, criminal justice issues, and serious mental illness on homelessness.

In addition to teaching in the University’s Health Policy Program, Dr. Métraux is a policy analyst for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans and holds an adjunct faculty position in Penn’s psychiatry department.  Dr Métraux also regularly consults with local government and non-profit entities on homelessness and related issues.

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