Stephen Metraux PhD

Stephen Metraux

Stephen Metraux PhD

Director of the Health Policy Program

Associate Professor of Health Policy and Public Health


BS, Grinnell College

MA, University of Texas, Arlington

PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

  • Urban Health
  • Medical Sociology
  • Community Integration and Institutional Transitions


Dr. Metraux has done extensive research on homelessness and housing, mental illness and community integration, prison reentry, and other aspects of urban health. He is working with the US Department of Veterans Affairs as part of their commitment to ending homelessness among veterans by 2015.

Selected Scholarly Activity

Metraux, Stephen, Limin Clegg, John D. Daigh, Dennis P. Culhane & Vincent Kane (2013).  “Risk factors for becoming homeless among a cohort of veterans who served in the era of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.” American Journal of Public Health (November issue).

Culhane, Dennis P., Stephen Metraux, Thomas Byrne, Magdi Stino & Jay Bainbridge (2013).  “The Age Structure of Contemporary Homelessness: Evidence and Implications for Public Policy.”  Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy (published online before print) doi: 10.1111/asap.12004.

Montgomery, Ann Elizabeth, Stephen Metraux & Dennis P. Culhane (2013).  ”Rethinking Homelessness Prevention among Persons with Serious Mental Illness.”  Social Issues and Policy Review 7(1): 57-80.

Metraux, Stephen, Eugene Brusilovskiy, Janet A. Prvu-Bettger, Yin-Ling Irene Wong, & Mark Salzer (2012).  ”Geographic Access to and Availability of Community Resources for Persons Diagnosed with Severe Mental Illness in Philadelphia USA.”  Health & Place 18: 620-629.

Fargo, Jamison; Stephen Metraux, Thomas Byrne, Ellen Munley, Ann Elizabeth Montgomery, Harlan Jones, George Sheldon, Vincent Kane, & Dennis P. Culhane (2012).  “Prevalence and Risk of Homelessness among U.S. Veterans: A Multisite Investigation.”  Preventing Chronic Disease 9: 110-112.

Metraux, Stephen, Nick Eng, Jay Bainbridge & Dennis P. Culhane (2011).  “Mortality among Unaccompanied Adults and Adults with Children Entering New York City Shelters between 1990-2002:  The Impact of Homelessness Pattern and Housing Placement on Mortality Risk.”  Journal of Urban Health 88(6): 1091-1104.

Professional Information

Deputy Director of Research, National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans at the US Department of Veterans Affairs


Contact Information

Office location: 4101 Woodland Avenue, Room 124
Mailing address: Box #22
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215.596.7614

s [dot] metrau [at] usciences [dot] edu