Thomas Byrne

Assistant Professor & Charles River Campus Advisor

Specialties

• Homelessness

• Housing

• Veterans

• Administrative Data Analysis

• Social Policy Analysis

Thomas Byrne

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Bio

Thomas Byrne believes that everyone should have a safe, stable and decent place to live—and in fact, that it is a fundamental prerequisite for a fulfilling and dignified life. This conviction motivates both his scholarship and professional service. His research focuses on homelessness, housing and veterans and has been published in journals including Health Affairs, American Journal of Public Health and Housing Policy Debate.

Outside of BU, Byrne serves as an investigator for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Healthcare Outcomes & Implementation Research (CHOIR) in Bedford, Mass., and at the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans. He is also active in a number of initiatives to prevent and end homelessness in Massachusetts. He serves on the board of directors at Hearth, Inc., a Boston-based organization dedicated to eliminating homelessness among the elderly through prevention, placement and housing programs, and on the City of Boston’s Mayor’s Advisory Committee to End Homelessness. Previously, Byrne was a member of the ad hoc Committee to Estimate Housing Need for Massachusetts for the State Interagency Council on Homelessness and the data working group for the City of Boston Strategic Planning Group to Prevent and End Youth & Young Adult Homelessness.

Education

Visiting Student (International Program in Economics & Political Science)

Institut d’Études Politiques-Paris

BA (Economics)

Boston College

MSW (Social Work)

University of Pennsylvania

PhD (Social Welfare)

University of Pennsylvania

Courses

WP 700 Conception, Scope, and History of Social Welfare in the United States
WP 701 Contemporary Social Policy Analysis

Courses

WP 700 Conception, Scope, and History of Social Welfare in the United States
WP 701 Contemporary Social Policy Analysis

Publications

Byrne, T., Henwood, B. & Scribner, B. (in press). Residential moves among housing first participants. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research.

Fargo J.D., Montgomery, A.E., Byrne T., Brignone, E., Cusack, M. & Gundlapalli, A.V. (2017). Needles in a haystack: Screening and healthcare system evidence for homelessness. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 235, 574.

Metraux, S., Cusack, M., Byrne, T., Hunt-Johnson, N. & True, G. (2017). Pathways into homelessness among Post 9/11 Era veterans. Psychological Services, 14(2): 229-237.

Mitchell, M, Bharel, M. Byrne, T. Leon, C., Lin, W.C. (2017). Cost of Non-Emergency Department Health Care Utilization Among Homeless Frequent Emergency Department Users: Profiles and Correlates. Psychological Services, 14(2): 193-202.

Byrne, T., Nelson, R.E., Montgomery, A.E., Brignone, E., Gundlapalli, A.V., & Fargo, J.D. (2017). Comparing utilization and cost of medical and behavioral health services utilization between veterans experiencing brief and ongoing episodes of housing instability. Journal of Urban Health, 94(1):54-63.

Harnish, A., Corrigan, P., Pinals, D., Byrne, T., & Smelson, D. (2016). A comparison of substance use stigma and health stigma in a population of veterans with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 12(3-4):238-243.

Montgomery, A.E., Byrne, T., Treglia, D., & Culhane, D.P. (2016). Characteristics and likelihood of ongoing homelessness among unsheltered Veterans. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 27(2): 911-922.

Byrne, T., Treglia, D., Culhane, D.P., Kuhn, J., & Kane, V. (2016). Predictors of homelessness among families and single adults following exit from homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing programs: Evidence for the Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. Housing Policy Debate, 26(1): 252-275.

Byrne, T. , Montgomery, A.E., & Fargo, J.D. (2016). Unsheltered homelessness among Veterans: Correlates and Profiles. Community Mental Health Journal, 52(2): 148-157.

Miller, D., Larson, M.J., DeVoe, E., & Byrne, T. (2016). Food insecurity among veterans households: Findings from nationally representative data. Public Health Nutrition, 19(10): 1731-1740.

Henwood, B., Byrne, T., & Scriber, B. (2015). Examining premature mortality in housing first. BMC Public Health, 15:1209.

Publications

Byrne, T., Henwood, B. & Scribner, B. (in press). Residential moves among housing first participants. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research.

Fargo J.D., Montgomery, A.E., Byrne T., Brignone, E., Cusack, M. & Gundlapalli, A.V. (2017). Needles in a haystack: Screening and healthcare system evidence for homelessness. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 235, 574.

Metraux, S., Cusack, M., Byrne, T., Hunt-Johnson, N. & True, G. (2017). Pathways into homelessness among Post 9/11 Era veterans. Psychological Services, 14(2): 229-237.

Mitchell, M, Bharel, M. Byrne, T. Leon, C., Lin, W.C. (2017). Cost of Non-Emergency Department Health Care Utilization Among Homeless Frequent Emergency Department Users: Profiles and Correlates. Psychological Services, 14(2): 193-202.

Byrne, T., Nelson, R.E., Montgomery, A.E., Brignone, E., Gundlapalli, A.V., & Fargo, J.D. (2017). Comparing utilization and cost of medical and behavioral health services utilization between veterans experiencing brief and ongoing episodes of housing instability. Journal of Urban Health, 94(1):54-63.

Harnish, A., Corrigan, P., Pinals, D., Byrne, T., & Smelson, D. (2016). A comparison of substance use stigma and health stigma in a population of veterans with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 12(3-4):238-243.

Montgomery, A.E., Byrne, T., Treglia, D., & Culhane, D.P. (2016). Characteristics and likelihood of ongoing homelessness among unsheltered Veterans. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 27(2): 911-922.

Byrne, T., Treglia, D., Culhane, D.P., Kuhn, J., & Kane, V. (2016). Predictors of homelessness among families and single adults following exit from homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing programs: Evidence for the Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. Housing Policy Debate, 26(1): 252-275.

Byrne, T. , Montgomery, A.E., & Fargo, J.D. (2016). Unsheltered homelessness among Veterans: Correlates and Profiles. Community Mental Health Journal, 52(2): 148-157.

Miller, D., Larson, M.J., DeVoe, E., & Byrne, T. (2016). Food insecurity among veterans households: Findings from nationally representative data. Public Health Nutrition, 19(10): 1731-1740.

Henwood, B., Byrne, T., & Scriber, B. (2015). Examining premature mortality in housing first. BMC Public Health, 15:1209.

Presentations

Byrne, T. (2017, June). New findings from ongoing research with the VA’s homelessness screening clinical reminder. Presented as part of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Ha, Y., Thomas, M., Byrne, T. & Miller, D.P. (2017, April). Patterns of multiple Instability among low-income families with children. Presented at the Population Association of America Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Byrne, T., Miller, D.P., & Ha, Y. (2017, March). Using data to inform policy and programmatic responses to unaccompanied adult homelessness in Boston. Presented at the Boston Area Research Initiative Spring Conference, Boston, MA.

Byrne, T., Nelson, R.E., Mongtomery, A.E., Brignone, E., Gundlapalli, A.V. & Fargo, J.D. (2017, January). Comparing the Utilization and Cost of Health Services Between Veterans Experiencing Brief and Ongoing Episodes of Housing Instability. Presented at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Byrne, T. (2017, January). Reckoning with Homelessness as a Grand Challenge: Expanding the Reach of Evidence-Based Approaches. Presented at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Byrne, T. (2016, June). Projecting the Need for VA Homeless Services Among Emerging Populations. Presented as part of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Byrne, T. & Culhane, D.P. (2016, May). Medicaid Funding for Critical Time Intervention: A scalable solution to crisis homelessness? Presented at the Reckoning with Homelessness Conference, New York, NY.

Byrne, T., Henwood, B., & Scribner, B. (2016, January). Residential Moves Among Housing First Participants. Presented at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

Byrne, T., Henwood, B., Wenzel, S., Padgett, D.K., Blasi, G., & Mangano, F. A Multi-sector Approach to Moving the Needle on Ending Homelessness. Presented at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

Byrne, T. (2015, November). Evaluating the relationship between homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing services and utilization of health services: Findings from the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program. Presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Annual Conference, Miami FL.

Presentations

Byrne, T. (2017, June). New findings from ongoing research with the VA’s homelessness screening clinical reminder. Presented as part of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Ha, Y., Thomas, M., Byrne, T. & Miller, D.P. (2017, April). Patterns of multiple Instability among low-income families with children. Presented at the Population Association of America Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Byrne, T., Miller, D.P., & Ha, Y. (2017, March). Using data to inform policy and programmatic responses to unaccompanied adult homelessness in Boston. Presented at the Boston Area Research Initiative Spring Conference, Boston, MA.

Byrne, T., Nelson, R.E., Mongtomery, A.E., Brignone, E., Gundlapalli, A.V. & Fargo, J.D. (2017, January). Comparing the Utilization and Cost of Health Services Between Veterans Experiencing Brief and Ongoing Episodes of Housing Instability. Presented at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Byrne, T. (2017, January). Reckoning with Homelessness as a Grand Challenge: Expanding the Reach of Evidence-Based Approaches. Presented at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Byrne, T. (2016, June). Projecting the Need for VA Homeless Services Among Emerging Populations. Presented as part of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Byrne, T. & Culhane, D.P. (2016, May). Medicaid Funding for Critical Time Intervention: A scalable solution to crisis homelessness? Presented at the Reckoning with Homelessness Conference, New York, NY.

Byrne, T., Henwood, B., & Scribner, B. (2016, January). Residential Moves Among Housing First Participants. Presented at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

Byrne, T., Henwood, B., Wenzel, S., Padgett, D.K., Blasi, G., & Mangano, F. A Multi-sector Approach to Moving the Needle on Ending Homelessness. Presented at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

Byrne, T. (2015, November). Evaluating the relationship between homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing services and utilization of health services: Findings from the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program. Presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Annual Conference, Miami FL.

Grants

Co-Investigator. PI: McInnes, K. (2016-2019). Quality of Care for Hepatitis C in Veterans Who are Homeless or Marginally Housed. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Services Research and Development. Funding: $655,962.

Co-Principal Investigator. (2016-2017). Examining Mortality and Receipt of Benefits Administered by the Social Security Administrations As Reasons for Desistance from Homelessness. Social Security Administration via Boston College Center for Retirement Research. Funding: $25,000.

Co-Investigator. PI: Montgomery, A.E. (2015-2018). Identifying and Measuring Risk of Homelessness Among Veterans. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Services Research and Development. Funding: $853,762.

Co-Investigator. Co-PIs: McInnes, K; Smelson, D; Gifford, A. (2015-2018). Vulnerable Veterans QUERI. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Quality Enhancement Research Initiative.

Principal Investigator. (2015-2017). A Data-based Re-design of Health Care and Housing for People who Experience Chronic Homelessness. Blue-Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, $147,363.

Principal Investigator. (2015-2016). Contract for An Evaluation of the Community Support Program for People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness. Pine St. Inn via Blue-Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. Total funding: $25,000.

Principal Investigator. (2015-2016). Using Data to Inform Policy and Programmatic Responses to Unaccompanied Adult Homelessness. Boston University Initiative on Cities. Total funding: $7,800.

Co-Principal Investigator. Co-PI: Ha, Y. (2015-2016). Designing Data Driven Directions for School Success of Students Involved in Child Welfare Proceedings. Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Supreme Judicial Court, Court Improvement Program. Total funding: $74,589.

Principal Investigator. (2015). U.S. Department of Veterans, National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans, Contract for research services. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Total funding: $31,022.

Co-Investigator. PI: Metraux, S. (2013-2014). Pathways Into Homelessness Among Iraq and Afghanistan Era Veterans. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP). Funding: $28,214.

Grants

Co-Investigator. PI: McInnes, K. (2016-2019). Quality of Care for Hepatitis C in Veterans Who are Homeless or Marginally Housed. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Services Research and Development. Funding: $655,962.

Co-Principal Investigator. (2016-2017). Examining Mortality and Receipt of Benefits Administered by the Social Security Administrations As Reasons for Desistance from Homelessness. Social Security Administration via Boston College Center for Retirement Research. Funding: $25,000.

Co-Investigator. PI: Montgomery, A.E. (2015-2018). Identifying and Measuring Risk of Homelessness Among Veterans. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Services Research and Development. Funding: $853,762.

Co-Investigator. Co-PIs: McInnes, K; Smelson, D; Gifford, A. (2015-2018). Vulnerable Veterans QUERI. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Quality Enhancement Research Initiative.

Principal Investigator. (2015-2017). A Data-based Re-design of Health Care and Housing for People who Experience Chronic Homelessness. Blue-Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, $147,363.

Principal Investigator. (2015-2016). Contract for An Evaluation of the Community Support Program for People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness. Pine St. Inn via Blue-Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. Total funding: $25,000.

Principal Investigator. (2015-2016). Using Data to Inform Policy and Programmatic Responses to Unaccompanied Adult Homelessness. Boston University Initiative on Cities. Total funding: $7,800.

Co-Principal Investigator. Co-PI: Ha, Y. (2015-2016). Designing Data Driven Directions for School Success of Students Involved in Child Welfare Proceedings. Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Supreme Judicial Court, Court Improvement Program. Total funding: $74,589.

Principal Investigator. (2015). U.S. Department of Veterans, National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans, Contract for research services. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Total funding: $31,022.

Co-Investigator. PI: Metraux, S. (2013-2014). Pathways Into Homelessness Among Iraq and Afghanistan Era Veterans. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP). Funding: $28,214.

Awards and Honors

2016: Special Recognition Awardee, Pioneer Institute Better Government Competition.
2008-2012: Doctoral Fellowship, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania.
2011: Heyer Foundation Fellowship for tuition and stipend support, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania.
2011: Third prize for best presentation, Art of Research Symposium, University of Pennsylvania.
2006: Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron of Massachusetts at Boston College.
2006: Golden Key National Honor Society.
2006: Omicron Delta Epsilon, The International Economics Honor Society.
2003-2006: Boston College, Department of Economics Honors Program.
2002-2006: Boston College, College of Arts & Sciences Honors Program.

Awards and Honors

2016: Special Recognition Awardee, Pioneer Institute Better Government Competition.
2008-2012: Doctoral Fellowship, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania.
2011: Heyer Foundation Fellowship for tuition and stipend support, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania.
2011: Third prize for best presentation, Art of Research Symposium, University of Pennsylvania.
2006: Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron of Massachusetts at Boston College.
2006: Golden Key National Honor Society.
2006: Omicron Delta Epsilon, The International Economics Honor Society.
2003-2006: Boston College, Department of Economics Honors Program.
2002-2006: Boston College, College of Arts & Sciences Honors Program.
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