Melissa Kull

Researcher

Dr. Melissa Kull is a Researcher at Chapin Hall. Her research focuses on promoting the use of evidence in systems that address family and youth homelessness and on supporting cross-system partnerships. In the domains of housing and homelessness, she has authored numerous articles and briefs on housing quality, instability, and neighborhood effects on children, youth, and families. Her current work includes: disseminating findings from a recent federally funded supportive housing demonstration project for families involved in the child welfare system; expanding the use of a screener for detecting housing instability among families enrolled in early childhood programs; drawing on research evidence to strengthen youth homelessness systems; and, as part of a new primary prevention model for youth homelessness, facilitating the universal screening of junior and high school students in two large urban school districts to identify youth at risk for homelessness and early school leaving.

Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Kull was a research scientist at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Under the ThriveNYC public health campaign, Kull worked on three evaluation projects to: 1) expand access and enhance quality of early childhood mental health services; 2) embed mental health prevention and intervention services into NYC schools; and 3) establish a network of mental health consultants connecting children and families to community-based services. This work also included using local survey data to guide dissemination activities on topics of child and youth mental health and examining public health surveillance data to monitor youth mental health concerns. Kull has also conducted research using nationally representative survey and administrative data on child and family housing contexts, family instability, and children’s early education experiences. Additionally, she previously worked on integrated data systems and conducted partnership-based research in Head Start centers in NYC and Philadelphia.

Kull holds a PhD in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College, a Master of Science in Education in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology from New York University.

PhD in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology, Boston College

Master of Science in Education in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development, University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology, New York University

Davila, M., Kull, M. A., Yoon, C., & Murray, L. (2017, November). Interpersonal violence and mental health concerns among LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ high school students. Paper presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Davila, M., Yoon, C., & Kull, M. A. (2017, November). Effects of history of parental depressive symptoms and treatment on children’s emotional and behavioral health. Paper presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Yoon, C., Davila, M., Kull, M. A., Olson, D., & Lim, S. (2017, November). Monitoring suicide and self-harm related emergency department visits among young children, early adolescents, and late adolescents in New York City. Poster presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Kull, M. A., McVeigh, K., Davila, M., Riis, J., Velikov, A., Angley, M., & Yoon, C. (2017, April). Domains of environmental risk and socioemotional wellbeing among New York City children. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Conference, Austin, TX.

Velikov, A., Hamdi, H., McVeigh, T., Kull, M. A., & Angley, M. (2017, April). Screen time, socioeconomic disparities, and children’s mental health problems. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Conference, Austin, TX.

Kull, M. A., Davila, M., Yoon, C., & Mills, C. (2017, February). Mental health and treatment service utilization among New York City’s school-aged children. Paper presented at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Epidemiology Grand Rounds. Long Island City, NY.

Davila, M., Yoon, C., & Kull, M. A. (2017, February). Parental depression and children’s mental health in New York City families. Paper presented at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Epidemiology Grand Rounds. NYC DOHMH, Long Island City, NY.

Kull, M. A., Murray, L., Davila, M., Yoon, C., & van der Mei, W. (2017, February). Harassment, mental health and sources of support among LGBTQ high school students in New York City. Poster presented at the New York City Epidemiology Forum, New York, NY.

Davila, M., Kull, M. A., Yoon, C., & Mills, C. (2017, February). Emotional and behavioral treatment services among New York City school-aged children. Poster presented at the New York City Epidemiology Forum, New York, NY.

Yoon, C., Davila, M., Kull, M. A., Olson, D., van der Mei, W. F., & Lim, S. (2017, February). Trends in suicide and self-harm related emergency department visits among children and youth in New York City. Poster presented at the New York City Epidemiology Forum, New York, NY.

van der Mei, W. F., Olson, D., Lim, S., Yoon, C., Kull, M. A., & Davila, M. (2017, February). A qualitative investigation of pediatric psychiatric emergency department visits in New York City. Poster presented at the New York City Epidemiology Forum, New York, NY.

Olson, D., van der Mei, W. F., Lim, S., Yoon, C., Kull, M. A., & Davila, M. (2017, February). Monitoring mental health related emergency department visits among children and youth in New York City. Poster presented at the New York City Epidemiology Forum, New York, NY.

Olson, D., van der Mei, W. F., Lim, S., Yoon, C., Kull, M. A., & Davila, M. (2016, November). Monitoring mental health related emergency department visits among children and youth in New York City. Paper presented at the International Study for Disease Surveillance Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Coley, R. L., Kull, M. A., & Cook, K. D. (2015, November). Peer effects in pre-k classrooms: Implications for targeted vs. universal pre-k programs. Paper presented at the Association for Public Policy and Management Conference, Miami, FL.

Kull, M. A., & Coley, R. L. (2015, April). Physical health conditions and school readiness in a prospective birth cohort of U.S. children. Paper presented at the Population Association of American Conference, San Diego, CA.

Kull, M. A., Coley, R. L., & Lynch, A. D. (2015, March). Residential instability and child cognitive and behavioral skills: Linearity and timing effects. Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Kull, M. A., & Coley, R. L. (2015, March). Are associations between early health conditions and pre-academic skills at school entry explained by parental investments? Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Hawkins, S. S., Kull, M. A., & Baum, C. (2014, December). Tobacco control policies and household expenditures on tobacco products. Poster presented at the Boston College Advancing Research and Scholarship Day, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.

Kull, M. A., & Coley, R. L. (2014, July). Early physical health problems and school readiness in a prospective birth cohort of U.S. children. Poster presented at the Head Start Research Conference, Washington, DC.

Coley, R. L., Lynch, A. D., & Kull, M. A. (2014, May). Early exposure to environmental chaos and children’s physical and mental health. Paper presented at the Population Association of America Conference, Boston, MA.

Kull, M. A., Coley, R. L., & Lynch, A. D. (2014, May). The roles of instability and housing in low-income families’ residential mobility. Poster presented at the Population Association of America Conference, Boston, MA.

Coley, R. L., Lynch, A. D., & Kull, M. A. (2013, August). Environmental chaos during infancy and long-term cognitive, physical, and psychological health. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Conference, Honolulu, HI.

Kull, M. A., & Coley, R. L. (2013, May). Linking housing cost burden to child functioning: Examining the role of family investment and stress. Poster presented at the ACF/OPRE Welfare Research Evaluation Conference, Washington, DC.

Kull, M. A., Coley, R. L., Leventhal, T., & Lynch, A. D. (2013, May). Housing profiles and changes in children’s academic, behavioral, and emotional functioning. Poster presented at the Modern Modeling Methods Conference, University of Connecticut, Storrs-Mansfield, CT.

Kull, M. A., Coley, R. L., & Carrano, J. (2013, April). Do bidirectional associations between spanking and children’s emotional and behavioral problems differ across African American and Hispanic families? Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Conference, Seattle, WA.

Kull, M. A., & Coley, R. L. (2013, April). Linking housing cost burden to child and youth functioning: Examining the role of family investment and stress in low-income families. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Conference, Seattle, WA.

Kull, M. A., Coley, R. L., & Lynch, A. D. (2013, April). Housing contexts in infancy and early childhood and long-term cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and physical health. Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Conference, Seattle, WA.

Kull, M. A., & Coley, R. L. (2013, April). Housing costs as investments and sources of stress: Associations with child functioning in low-income families. Poster presented at the Boston College Multidisciplinary Research Day, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.

40 for 40 Fellowship, Association for Public Policy and Management, 2018

ACF/OPRE Welfare Research Conference Emerging Scholar, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 2013

Family Research Methodological Studies Award, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2012

Founders’ Day Award, New York University, 2008

Ida Bodman Service Award, New York University, 2008

Dean’s Research Travel Colloquium: Mexico, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University, 2006

Kull, M. A., Dworsky, A., Horwitz, B., & Farrell, A. F. (forthcoming). Developmental consequences of homelessness for young parents and children. Zero to Three Journal.

Morton, M., Kull, M. A., Chavez, R., Chrisler, A., Carreon, E., & Bishop, J. (forthcoming). What will it take? A youth homelessness system assessment for New York City. Chicago, IL: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.

Spain, A., Chrisler, A., Cullin, K., Cullin, R., Koch, D., Kull, M. A., & Axelrod, J. (forthcoming). Free Library of Philadelphia: Post-occupancy evaluation. Chicago, IL: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.

Kull, M. A., Dasgupta, D., Dworsky, A., Mayer, M., Moore, F., Miller Haight, J., Lynch, M., Schlecht, C., Weiner, D., & Axelrod, J. (2018, December). Analyze, align, act: Capacity assessment and integration support for the Washington Department of Children, Youth, and Families: Interim report. Chicago, IL: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.

Farrell, A. F., Britner, P. A., Kull, M. A., Struzinski, D. L., Somaroo-Rodriguez, S. K., Parr, K., Westberg, L., Cronin, B., & Humphrey, C. (2018, December). Final report: Connecticut’s Intensive Supportive Housing for Families Program. Chicago, IL: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.

Rice, E., Morton, M., Hsu, H., Blondin, M., & Kull, M. A. (2018, October). Getting to smarter coordinated entry for youth: Analyzing vulnerability and making better decisions with limited resources. Chicago, IL: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.

Kull, M. A., & Farrell, A. F. (2018, March). Reducing barriers to child care for children experiencing homelessness. Written testimony submitted to the Committee on Children public hearing related to H.B. 5330. Connecticut General Assembly, Hartford, CT.

Hawkins, S. S., Kull, M. A., & Baum, C. (2018). U.S. state cigarette tax increases and smoke-free legislation in relation to cigarette expenditure across household socioeconomic circumstances: a quasi-experimental study. Addiction.

Olson, D., van der Mei, W., Lim, S., Yoon, C., Kull, M. A., & Davila, M. (2017). Monitoring child mental health related emergency department visits in New York City. Online Journal of Public Health Informatics, 9(1).

Kull, M., Murray, L., Davila, M., Yoon, C., & van der Mei, W. (2017, September). Stressors, mental health, and sources of support among LGBTQ public high school students in New York City (Epi Data Brief). New York, NY: NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. Available at http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/epi/databrief93.pdf.

Coley, R., & Kull, M. A. (2016). Is moving during childhood harmful? (MacArthur Foundation How Housing Matters – Policy Research Brief). Chicago, IL: MacArthur Foundation. Available at https://www.macfound.org/media/files/HHM_Brief_-_Is_Moving_During_Childhood_Harmful_2.pdf.

Coley, R. L., & Kull, M. A. (2016). Timing specific versus cumulative residential instability and children’s cognitive and psychosocial skills. Child Development87(4), 1204-1220.

Coley, R. L., Lynch, A. D., & Kull, M. A. (2016). The effects of chaos in early life on children. (MacArthur Foundation How Housing Matters – Policy Research Brief). Chicago, IL: MacArthur Foundation. Available at https://www.macfound.org/media/files/HHM_Brief_-_The_Effects_of_Housing_Neighborhood_Chaos_on_Children.pdf.

Kull, M. A., Coley, R. L., & Lynch, A. D. (2016). The roles of instability and housing in low-income families’ residential mobility. Journal of Family and Economic Issues37(3), 1-13.

Kull, M. A., & Coley, R. L. (2015). Physical health conditions and school readiness skills in a prospective birth cohort of U.S. children. Social Science & Medicine142, 145-153.

Coley, R. L., Lynch, A. D., & Kull, M. A. (2015). Early exposure to environmental chaos and children’s physical and mental health. Early Childhood Research Quarterly32, 94-104.

Kull, M. A., & Coley, R. L. (2014). Housing costs and child functioning: Processes through investments and financial strains. Children and Youth Service Review39, 25-38.

Coley, R. L., Kull, M. A., & Carrano, J. (2014). Parental endorsements of spanking and children’s internalizing and externalizing problems in African American and Hispanic families. Journal of Family Psychology28(1), 22-31.

Coley, R. L., Kull, M. A., Leventhal, T., & Lynch, A. D. (2014). Profiles of housing and neighborhood contexts among low-income families: Links with children’s well-being. Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research16(1), 41-64.

Coley, R. L., Leventhal, T., Lynch, A. D., & Kull, M. A. (2013). Relations between housing characteristics and the well-being of low-income children. Developmental Psychology49(9), 1775-1789.

Coley, R. L., Leventhal, T., Lynch, A. D., & Kull, M. A. (2013). Poor quality housing is tied to children’s emotional and behavioral problems (MacArthur Foundation How Housing Matters – Policy Research Brief). Chicago, IL: MacArthur Foundation. Available at http://www.macfound. org/media/ files/HHM_Policy_Research_Brief_-_Sept_2013.pdf.

Patel, S. G., & Kull, M. A. (2010). Assessing psychological symptoms in recent immigrant adolescents. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health13(3), 616-619.