Erin Devorah Carreon


Erin Devorah Carreon is a Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, where she assesses programs, systems, and policies designed to address social disparities and inequities. She uses mixed methods to provide decision-makers with actionable information to improve access to quality early care and education, housing, and career pathways. Carreon is currently working on a place-based collective impact intervention to prevent youth homelessness and a formative evaluation of a project to improve home visiting services for families experiencing homelessness. She recently co-directed two qualitative studies, one on rural youth homelessness and another on child care decision-making. Carreon has also contributed to an assessment of New York City’s youth homelessness system and the design of a cash transfers program for youth experiencing homelessness in New York City, among several additional projects focused on youth homelessness and early care and education.

Prior to coming to Chapin Hall, Carreon managed a research team at the University of Chicago, investigating the instability of low-wage retail work schedules and effects on workers and their families. She was also a social worker and child advocate (guardian ad litem) for the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, where she visited and advocated for unaccompanied minors in immigration detention in Illinois and Texas.

Carreon holds a Master of Arts in Social Work from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of British Columbia.

Master of Arts in Social Work, University of Chicago
Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies, University of British Columbia

Rapoport, E., Lansing, J., & Schlecht, C. (2018, June). Summer jobs programming, young workers, and their family responsibilities and support. Paper presented at the 2018 Work and Family Researchers Network Conference (WFRN), Washington, DC.

Rapoport, E. (2018, June). They’re not working for beer money. In Improving work schedules in hourly retail jobs: Business and employee outcomes from a randomized experiment. Symposium conducted at the 2018 Work and Family Researchers Network Conference, Washington, DC.

Rapoport, E., Schlecht, C., & Lansing, J. (2017, November). More than a paycheck: How a summer youth employment program helps emerging adults become change-makers of their own trajectories. Poster presented at the 8th biennial meeting of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, Washington, DC.

Rapoport, E., & Ge, L. (2013, June). Is Gary getting its fair share? Presentation to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Chicago, IL.

Bouris, A., Rapoport, E., Dekleva, A., Acosta, S., & Perez, B. (2013, January). Familial, social and cultural influences on HIV risk and prevention among Latino men who have sex with men. Presented at the 17th Annual Conferences of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Diego, CA.

Rapoport, E. (2009, March). Ru’kotz’i’j Tinaamit, a Mayan beauty pageant in San Juan la Laguna. Paper presented at the 69th Annual Meeting for the Society for Applied Anthropology, Santa Fe, NM.

Key Work

Key Work

Home Visiting Services Help Homeless Families Navigate Children’s Health and Development
This report examines Start Early's Home Visiting for Homeless Families project and its progress toward increasing access to home visiting services among...
Illinois Model of Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Improves Staff Reflective Capacity, Classroom Climate
We conducted a 3-year pilot study of the Illinois Model of IECMHC with 23 early childhood programs, including child care, pre-K, and home visiting.
Chicago Latino Communities Face Limited Supply and Other Barriers to Accessing Child Care to Meet Their Needs
This study explores how Latino families living in predominantly Latino communities in Chicago make childcare decisions relative to the density of formal care...
Direct Cash Transfers Programs Can Help Youth Sustainably Exit Homelessness
This report suggests ways to design a smart, responsive direct cash transfers programs to support youth experiencing homelessness.
Rural Communities Need Funding and Support to Address Rural Youth Homelessness
This qualitative study explores the challenges that rural communities in the U.S. face in addressing youth homelessness.
Two-Generation Pilot Program Improves Young Parents’ Education, Employment, Personal Growth, and Parenting
CYPP was designed to improve parenting, personal growth, and family self-sufficiency by supporting education and employment. Chapin Hall conducted three studies...
Show more