Yoonsook Ha

YOONSOOK HAAssistant Professor
Social Welfare Policy
Phone: 617-353-6637
yha@bu.edu

Education

MSSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison
PhD (social welfare), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Scholarly and Practice Interests

Child and family policy; poverty; the impacts of socioeconomic resources on the well-being of vulnerable children and families; family and work balance among low-income working families

Selected Publications

Ha, Y. & Ybarra, M. (2013). Are strong work-first welfare policies aligned with generous child care provisions? what states are doing and the implications for Social Work. Families in Society, 94(1). 5-13.

Ha, Y. & Johnson, A. (2012). Studying Child Care Subsidies with Secondary Data Sources. Methodological Brief OPRE 2012-54, Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Ha, Y., Magnuson, K., & Ybarra, M (2012). The Patterns of Child Care Subsidy Receipt and the Stability of Care. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(9). 1834-1844.

Ha, Y., Cancian, M. & Meyer, D. R. (2011). The regularity of child support and its contribution to the regularity of income. Social Service Review, 85(3). 401-419.

Ha, Y., Meyer, D.R. & Cancian, M. (2010). Unchanging child support orders in the face of unstable earnings. Journal of Public Policy and Management, 29(4). 799-820.

Ha, Y. & Meyer, D.R. (2010). Child care subsidy patterns: Are exits related to economic setbacks or economic successes?. Children and Youth Services Review, 32. 346-355.

Ha, Y. (2009). Stability of child care subsidy use and earnings of low-income working families. Social Service Review, 83(4). 495-525.

Meyer, D.R., Ha, Y. & Hu, M-C. (2008). Do high child support orders discourage child support payments?.” Social Service Review, 82(1). 93-118.

Selected Presentations

Yoonsook Ha & Marci Ybarra, “Neighborhood Effects on Child-Care Decision Making Among Low-Income Families,”  Paper presented at the 17th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, D.C., January 2013

Daniel Miller, Yoonsook Ha, & Jina Chang, “Child Care Subsidies and Child Obesity,” Paper to be presented at the 34th Annual Fall Conference of the Association for Public Policy and Management, Baltimore, MD, November 2012

Yoonsook Ha, “Who Benefits from Using Child Care Subsidies,” Paper presented at the 1st Work and Family Researchers Network Conference, New York, NY., June 2012; a previous version was presented at the 16th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, D.C., January 2012

Yoonsook Ha & Marci Ybarra, “The Relationship between State-Level Characteristics and Child Care Subsidy Policy Choices.” Paper presented at the 16th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, D.C., January 2012

Yoonsook Ha, Katherine Magnuson, & Marci Ybarra, “The Relationship between Child Care Subsidies and Child Care Arrangements: Do Family Characteristics Matter?” Paper presented at the 33rd Annual Fall Conference of the Association for Public Policy and Management, Washington, D.C., November 2011

Yoonsook Ha & Marci Ybarra, “Are Stringent Work-First Policies aligned with Generous Child Care Subsidy Provisions?” Paper presented at the 33rd Annual Fall Conference of the Association for Public Policy and Management, Washington, D.C., November 2011

Yoonsook Ha, “Child Care Subsidies, Use of Quality Care, and Earnings among low-income families in South Carolina,” Paper presented at the 15th annual conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Tampa, Florida, January 2011

Selected Grant Activity

“Child Care Arrangements and Cognitive Outcomes among Children from Latino Immigrant Families,” Principle Investigator (with Marci Ybarra), The Lois and Samuel Silberman Fund Faculty Grant Program, September 2012 – August 2014

“Child Support and Equality,” Principle Investigator, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, September 2012 – December 2012

“Child Care Subsidy, Quality of Child Care, and Employment Outcomes among Low-Income Families in South Carolina,” Principle Investigator, Research Opportunity Program grant, University of South Carolina, 2009 –2011

“South Carolina Child Care State Research Capacity Building Project,” Co-Investigator, with South Carolina Department of Social Services under the Federal Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), 2009– 2010

“The Role of Child Care Subsidies in the Economic Well-being of Low-Income Families,” Child Care Research Scholar grant from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), 2007–2008

Consulting and Professional Activities

Steering committee. Child Care Policy Research Consortium, USDHHS, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation. 2008-present.

Peer Reviewer for journals. Social Service Review; Journal of Public Policy and Management; Children and Youth Services Review; Early Childhood Research Quarterly; Work and Occupations; Sloan Work-Family Encyclopedia.

Peer Reviewer for grants and conferences. Society for Social Work and Research conference. 2010-2011; Head Start Research Conference. 2009; Vilas Travel Fellowship Competition. University of Wisconsin-Madison. 2007; Healthy Marriage Promotion Initiative grants, USDHHS, Office of Family Assistance, 2006.

Invited speaker, Child Care Policy Research Consortium, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation. 2009, 2010; Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. 2007.

Awards and Honors

Dissertation Fellowship. Institute for Research on Poverty. University of Wisconsin-Madison. 2007-2008

IRP Graduate Fellow Research Award. Institute for Research on Poverty. University of Wisconsin-Madison. 2006