Key Researchers


Key Researchers: Substance Abuse & Welfare Reform

Julia Hastings, M.S.W., Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Hastings enters her third year as a postdoctoral research fellow sponsored by the University of Michigan Social Work Research Development Center on Poverty, Risk and Mental Health; the Ford Foundation Program on Poverty and Public Policy; and the Program for Research on Black Americans. Her research activities include a special focus on racial and ethnic differences regarding the relationship between poverty and health outcomes. This year, she analyzes a large-scale, multi-year dataset for a study of substance abuse and welfare policy. The data for this study come from the Women’s Employment Study (WES). This investigation longitudinally examines the effects of social context on the distribution of reported substance abuse symptoms among poor women. Research funds from her Ford Foundation postdoctoral fellowship and a diversity supplement from the Substance Abuse Policy Research Program support this investigation. Dr. Hastings earned her B.A. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles. The University of Washington granted her M.S.W. degree.
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