Thomas Byrne

Assistant Professor
School of Social Work, Boston University

Thomas Byrne, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work and an Investigator at the US Department of Veterans Affairs National Center on Homelessness among Veterans. His research focuses on homelessness and assisted housing policy with an emphasis on preventative approaches to homelessness among U.S. military Veterans. He has a methodological expertise in the use of large administrative databases for applied social policy research.

Dr. Byrne holds a PhD in Social Welfare and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from Boston College.

  • Proposed budget cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would likely result in a loss of federal housing assistance--and potential rent hikes--for thousands of low-income families. Our forthcoming study will test whether differences in the monetary value of housing assistance received by households translates into meaningful differences in health outcomes.

    June 6, 2018


    P4A Spark

  • Low-income housing assistance programs represent a potentially powerful policy lever to promote population health and reduce health disparities. Yet, research on the impact of federal low-income housing programs on health outcomes remains highly limited, and no study to date has adequately explored whether the monetary value of housing assistance has an impact on health outcomes.

    September 27, 2017