People

Field Students

2015-2016

Noel Altaha is a second-uyear MSW student in the Policy method of practice at Columbia University's School of Social Work. She is currently working with Dr. Irwin Garfinkel and Dr. Christopher Wimer on a study, "The Poverty Tracker: Monitoring Poverty and Well Being in NYC," where Noel analyzes poverty outcomes and their relationships with health and financial hardships in the lives of Native American and Alaskan Native families. Her research interests include trauma, resilience, poverty and inequality, health disparities, and social policy. Noel has a BA in Psychology and a minor in Native American & Indigenous Studies from Fort Lewis College.

 

Yixia Cai is a second-year graduate student at the Columbia University School of Social Work with a concentration in policy practice. She is currently working on the Poverty Tracker: Monitoring Poverty and Well-Being in New York City study with Dr. Irwin Garfinkel and Dr. Kathryn Neckerman, investigating home overcrowding and rent burden issues among New Yorkers as well as the effect of precarious housing problems on child and family well-being in NYC. She also has practice experience working with families and children. Her research interests include poverty and inequality, social mobility, household and family demography, how neighborhoods contricute to social inequalities, and the impacts of social welfare policies on child and family well-being. Yixia holds an MS in Urban Studies from University College London, where she interned at the Just Space Network. While there, she fully engaged in community participation and conducted research to support London's planning. She received a BA in Publishing Studies from Zhejiang University of Media and Communications. 

 

Allison Corr is a second-year MSW student in the policy practice method at the Columbia University School of Social Work. She is also pursuing her master's degree in public health at the Mailman School of Public Health. She is working with Dr. Irwin Garfinkel, using the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study to study the mental health and wellbeing of mothers who have children with formerly incarcerated men. Her research interests include mental health, criminal justice, and health disparities. Prior to coming to Columbia, Allison worked on a broad range of health policy issues for the Congressional Committee on Energy and Commerce under Chairman Henry Waxman. She holds a BA in psychology from the University of Virginia.

 

Lingzi Xu is a second-year MSW student in the policy practice method at the Columbia University School of Social Work. She is also pursuing a minor in business administration at the Columbia Business School. She currently works with Dr. Neeraj Kaushal on a research project studying the determinants of public attitudes towards immigrants through economic trends. Her research interests include immigration, poverty, gender inequality, aging, and social policy. Lingzi received a BA in Business Administration from Shanghai University of International Business and Economics. Prior to coming to Columbia, she worked as a research assistant in the Modern International Busines Research Center in China.

 

2013-2014

Chloe Anderson is a second-year MSW student in the Policy method of practice at the Columbia University School of Social Work. She is currently working with Dr. Irwin Garfinkel and Dr. Christopher Wimer on a study entitled “The Poverty Tracker: Monitoring Poverty and Well Being in NYC,” in which she analyzes poverty measures and their relationships with health, material hardships, and neighborhood characteristics. Her research interests include poverty and inequality, health disparities, aging, and social policy. She is also a Research Fellow at the National Council on Aging, where she conducts research related to fall prevention. Chloe graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a B.A. in Sociology and Philosophy.  

Hazar Asfoura is a second-year master’s student in the policy practice method at the Columbia University School of Social Work. She is currently working on The Poverty Tracker: Monitoring Poverty and Well Being in NYC, investigating neighborhoods and city services. Her research interests include poverty, gender inequality, social security benefits, youth delinquency, and social policy. Hazar received a B.A. in Business Administration from al Al Bayt University. Prior to coming to Columbia, She worked as an International Officer at the International Social Security Association’s regional office for Arab countries, and at the Jordanian Social Security Cooperation’s Research and Development department.

Sandra Greyerbiehl is a second-year graduate student at Columbia University School of Social Work. She is currently working on analyzing health and financial hardships on the Poverty Tracker: Monitoring Poverty and Well Being in NYC study with Dr. Irwin Garfinkel. Her research interests include child health; child abuse and neglect prevention; intercountry adoption; foster care placement trajectories; models of group care; child welfare policy and practice; and empowerment theory. Sandra received her B.A. in Psychology from Michigan State University. 

Sophie Moullin's research interests include family and demographic change, child poverty and wellbeing, inequality, social mobility, and the public policy responses to these issues. Sophie was previously a Senior Policy Advisor at the UK Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, working on public services and social policy. She has also worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), and been a Visiting Research Fellow in the Public Policy Unit at Oxford University. Sophie has an M.A. in Quantitative Methods in Social Science from Columbia University, where she was a US-UK Fulbright Scholar, and a B.A. in Social and Political Science from Cambridge University. 

2012-2013

William Schneider is a second-year graduate student at the Columbia University School of Social Work. He is currently working on a research project analyzing the effect of the Great Recession on parenting and child development using the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study with Dr. Jane Waldfogel. His research interests include fatherhood; parenting; child development; inequality; child abuse and neglect; and social policy. William received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. He is currently a CPRC Fellow.

Hanna Lee, as a MSW intern, is currently working on a fatherhood project with Dr. Ronald B. Mincy. She has been interested in father absences, while working with children at a kindergarten and students from low-income families at a middle school in South Korea. Her academic interests include fragile families, domestic violence, substance abuse, homelessness, and incarceration. Hanna used to provide homeless population with comprehensive programs and services through case management at her previous field placement, Abyssinian House located in the central Harlem. 

Madeleine Gelblum is a second-year master’s student in the policy practice method at the Columbia University School of Social Work. She is currently working on a survey investigating income poverty, material hardship, and child and family well-being in New York City. Her research interests include inequality and social mobility; education; labor market outcomes for disadvantaged workers; and social policy. Madeleine received a B.A. in English and Ethnicity, Race & Migration from Yale University. Prior to coming to Columbia, Madeleine worked at the NYC Financial Network Action Consortium helping low-income New Yorkers to access income supports such as tax credits and food stamps.