Meagan Cusack on Locust Walk

Meagan Cusack, MS

  • Student, PhD in Social Welfare

Cohort: 2019-2020

Advisor: Dr. Amy Castro Baker

Research Interests

Community college quality, student engagement, and student retention

Conflict resolution

Criminal justice

Early childhood interventions

Homelessness and housing instability

Intimate partner violence

Patient engagement

Social determinants of health

Social justice

Substance misuse


Ms. Cusack has worked in the research field since 2008. While pursuing a PhD in Social Welfare at the University of Pennsylvania, she will continue in her role as a project manager at the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). Through the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) and VA National Center on Homelessness among Veterans (NCHAV), she contributes to quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research aimed at improving services for Veterans.

Ms. Cusack also recently consulted on program evaluations of the City of Philadelphia’s Kensington Encampment Closure Resolution Strategy and the Rural Youth Peer Network to further understanding of the complex dynamics of housing instability and the role of social services in mitigating risks and improving outcomes for vulnerable populations.

She earned a Master’s in Political and Social Sciences from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, CT, Spain. Her undergraduate degree in Sociology is from Portland State University in Portland, OR.

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